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Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With tension simmering in Jamaica over a controversial decision by the United States authorities to nab four Jamaican men and destroy their boat, alleging it was carrying cocaine, high-level talks between the two countries are now under way to make...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:07 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Education Minister Fayval Williams on Tuesday told Parliament that her ministry is working to address issues being faced by parents trying to access the Government’s portal to get a tablet device. As a result, the platform will be reopened on...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

An attempt by a parliamentary committee to dig into a controversial bid for a licence to allow mining in the ecologically sensitive Puerto Bueno Mountains came up empty-handed yesterday after the Attorney General’s Department cautioned them against...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Debate on a proposed new law to establish a fiscal commission to do independent analysis and give opinions and presentations on the country’s finances got under way yesterday, with Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke insisting that the country will...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2021 | 12:10 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Amid what was a difficult 2020, dozens of Jamaicans who lived public lives or gave stellar service in various fields over the years bade their goodbyes, leaving the nation in mourning. As the coronavirus pandemic reached our shores, Jamaicans were...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With a single Caribbean country yet to receive any vial of the COVID-19 vaccine released a month ago, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says big countries are hoarding the precious medicine. Wealthy countries have been engaged in surplus buying since...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, the man who built an all-inclusive hotel empire which spanned the Caribbean despite having no prior experience in that sector, hung up his sandals on Monday and has walked off into the sunset with footprints of a legacy left...

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2020 | 12:07 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, some students in the faculty of Science and Technology, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, have felt tremendous pressure, but their experiences have highlighted major gaps in the delivery of tertiary...

Published:Thursday | December 17, 2020 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A new mobile training unit at the HEART/NSTA Trust has been launched to reach trainees in rural areas and help alleviate the challenges they are facing in completing assessments due to the COVID-19-induced disruptions in the delivery of programmes...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With a $72.1 billion deficit this fiscal year so far, Jamaica’s fiscal well-being continues to take a battering from the COVID-19 pandemic, with expectations that government operations will likely fall deeper into the red. The only conciliation...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:12 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Integrity Commission has found that the then Hanover Parish Council which was chaired by Shernet Haughton deliberately splintered contracts which led to three being issued to a person identified as Mr ‘BB’, his son, and his girlfriend. However...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries should stop with immediate effect the issuance of chicken back and neck import permits under current arrangements, the Integrity Commission has recommended in a damning report. The report, tabled in the...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:05 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Argentinian Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Del Solar has lamented that the coronavirus pandemic has delayed a number of partnerships he was pushing to forge with Jamaica. Among them, the introduction of rugby in prisons as a means of rehabilitation, a...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2020 | 12:14 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Mark Golding urged Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday to get cracking with outstanding justice reforms, including settling on the country’s final appellate court. The leaders were speaking at the swearing-in ceremony for the...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2020 | 12:05 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Oil and gas company Shell, which is incorporated in England, is seeking to re-enter the Jamaican market. This was revealed by British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad, who told The Gleaner that his office will be making a big push on trade over the...

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2020 | 8:36 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

It was King’s House which informed Mark Golding on Thursday that Peter Bunting could not sit at Friday’s sitting, plunging the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) into another round of turmoil. Earlier this week, Opposition Leader Mark Golding...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:10 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Claiming to be more popular than Lisa Hanna, People’s National Party (PNP) firebrand Damion Crawford has ripped into President Mark Golding and suggested that he will launch a presidential bid in the next five years. The outburst is bound to open...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2020 | 12:08 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The row between the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn and Isat Buchanan, one of the attorneys representing incarcerated dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, has deepened. The DPP on Thursday threatened to report Buchanan to the...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Argentine football star Diego Maradona cast his ‘Hand of God’ goal in the crucial 1986 World Cup play-off as a vengeful strike against England four years after the British crushed an invading force in a bitter war over the Falklands Islands. The...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:13 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s public service is being robbed of at least $4 billion yearly because of elaborate tax avoidance and tax-evasion schemes used by some companies, a new report has suggested. Fingers are being pointed particularly at multinational...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:03 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With factions in the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) at daggers drawn, newly elected President Mark Golding is urging Comrades to unite even as challengers declare their hand to take on his preferred candidates for two key party posts....

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A huge spike in COVID-19 cases looms over the Christmas season, which could put pressure on hospital bed spaces, with males at a higher risk of dying if Jamaicans let down their guards against the coronavirus in the coming weeks, the health...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Court of Appeal has quashed a 2015 ruling of the Supreme Court that had awarded approximately $40 million to the family of 16-year-old Tahjay Rowe, who sustained brain damage when he was born at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital. The court has...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Eager politicians were on Tuesday urged to temper their expectations about how far a $1-billion road programme will help in restoring Jamaica’s flood-hit corridors after weeks of rainstorms. Each of the 63 constituencies will be allocated $15...

Published:Monday | November 16, 2020 | 12:12 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Reggae icon Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert had a quiet burial amid few mourners on Sunday, a stark contrast to a bombastic career in which his distinctive voice and infectious smile made millions of fans across the globe and transformed stages into...

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