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Published:Monday | October 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Mark Golding, said that a government led by him would pump significant resources into early childhood education to ensure that students transitioning to secondary schools have the required competence...

Published:Monday | October 18, 2021 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

In a no-holds-barred address to Comrades at the People’s National Party’s (PNP) 83rd annual conference on Sunday, former president P.J. Patterson called for all hostilities within the organisation to cease as he delivered a sharp rebuke to warring...

Published:Thursday | October 14, 2021 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Sidelined Permanent Secretary Dean-Roy Bernard has charged that the privatisation of the controversial Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE) was effected shortly after his exit as chief accounting officer of the Ministry of Education and...

Published:Thursday | October 7, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

EXPRESSING HER passion for helping children, particularly boys, Pauline Gregory Lewis who wears several hats, including that of volunteer, author and teacher, says the time has come for Jamaicans to redouble their efforts at rescuing young men from...

Published:Thursday | October 7, 2021 | 12:06 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Having been appointed as the new clerk to the Houses of Parliament, Valrie Curtis is not daunted by the multiplicity of challenges facing her support staff whose critical input is pivotal to keeping the wheels of the legislature turning. This...

Published:Tuesday | September 28, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With less than eight per cent of Jamaica’s population being fully vaccinated to date, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has disclosed that a significant portion of 60,000 doses of AstraZeneca might have to be discarded if shots are...

Published:Friday | September 24, 2021 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Beverley Anderson Manley, who played a pivotal role behind the scenes in the enlistment of the first four women into the army in 1976, has described the elevation of Commodore Antonette Wemyss Gorman to chief of defence staff of the Jamaica Defence...

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has urged the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to immediately call for full disclosure of all existing contractual and transactional arrangements with connected parties at Nutrition Products Limited (...

Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With the Government’s inflation target at risk of breaching the upper limit of six per cent over the next year, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is sounding a note of caution that a four per cent salary increase for its membership is a non-...

Published:Thursday | September 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government has shifted its strategy from weekday lockdowns going forward and has returned to nightly curfews as a more sustained measure to keep businesses afloat while curtailing the spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister Andrew Holness said there...

Published:Wednesday | September 15, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans are divided on the Government’s payment incentive to woo seniors to take vaccines against COVID-19, with a majority of those interviewed in an RJRGLEANER-Don Anderson poll saying it was not a good idea. Chairperson of the National Council...

Published:Tuesday | September 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Despite calls by fuming critics for the board of Merl Grove High School to be sacked for suspending principal Dr Marjorie Fullerton, the executive director of the National Council on Education has warned that such action requires a high threshold...

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Despite a whirlwind controversy bedevilling Merl Grove High School in Kingston, board Chairman David Hall has defended the decision to suspend principal Dr Marjorie Fullerton and insisted that everything is being done to ensure that the students...

Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

One year after Prime Minister Andrew Holness rode a wave of unparalleled popularity this century to retain political power, his administration has been given a failing grade by pundits for its management of the coronavirus pandemic. That verdict...

Published:Thursday | August 5, 2021 | 12:37 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The management of the Nature Preservation Foundation (NPF) and the union representing workers at the non-governmental organisation (NGO) are on a collision course over a worker who was made redundant in June. The National Workers’ Union (NWU) has...

Published:Thursday | August 5, 2021 | 12:36 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Leader Mark Golding is chiding the Andrew Holness administration for “dragging its feet” on a Constitution (Amendment) (Impeachment) bill that was tabled in Parliament in April. Golding said that he met with the prime minister at Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | August 4, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Lower-level workers at the Nature Preservation Foundation (NPF) have complained bitterly that they are forced by the non-governmental organisation (NGO) to survive on reduced income since the onset of COVID-19 last year, while higher-paid...

Published:Tuesday | July 27, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s teachers who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 have been put on guard that they will not receive the same treatment as their inoculated counterparts when schools reopen for face-to-face classes in September. That might include...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Outgoing British High Commissioner to Jamaica, Asif Ahmad, has admitted that the compensation scheme process for members of the Windrush Generation has been painfully slow. In a recent Gleaner interview, Ahmad said that the British Government had...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness, on Tuesday, borrowed a line from entertainer Shaggy, declaring that ‘it wasn’t me’, in relation to a seeming lookalike patron who appeared in a social media post at a party where few persons were wearing masks. “I did...

Published:Thursday | July 22, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With an uptick in the transmission of COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says it is likely that a tightening of measures will be announced next Tuesday to reverse the steady increase in persons contracting the virus. And as the...

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2021 | 12:06 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Copping national and regional awards during his formative years at Vaz Preparatory School and Campion College in Jamaica, Jabari Hastings, who went to Stanford University on a full scholarship, continues to blaze a trail of excellence by completing...

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Former Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor Derick Latibeaudiere has supported a proposal from Jamaica’s anti-corruption watchdog for senior central bank personnel who are involved in regulations, examinations, or inspections to be restricted from...

Published:Tuesday | July 6, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

New chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Gaston Browne, is pushing fellow members of the regional bloc to urgently advance the integration process or run the risk of being left behind. In his first address as chairman to the 42nd Regular...

Published:Friday | July 2, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) has called for the Government to establish a special utility court to prosecute electricity thieves. Senior company officials have argued that no loss-reduction programme would be effective and sustainable...

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