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Published:Saturday | June 13, 2020 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

POLICE COMMISSIONER Major General Antony Anderson has heaped praises on the public for giving the police information which resulted in the man responsible for killing two cops being cut down after he again challenged the security forces in another...

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The House of Representatives yesterday paid tribute to two former ministers, two ex-councillors, and a former permanent secretary, but it was Shahine Robinson who was the centre of tearful tributes by parliamentarians mourning her passing. Prime...

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2020 | 1:06 PMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

CHAIRMAN OF the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament, Dr Wykeham McNeill, has taken issue with portions of the COVID-19 protocols published by the Ministry of Health that are to govern the tourism sector and has...

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2020 | 12:25 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

PEOPLE’S NATIONAL Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips has endorsed the holding of general and local government elections on the same ballot, a proposal that would cause a seismic shift to the process of voting in Jamaica since universal adult...

Published:Friday | June 5, 2020 | 12:27 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

There are mounting calls for the Government to commence an immediate review of the processes that could lead to mentally ill people accused of crimes getting lost in the prison system for several years without a trial. This comes on the heels of...

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2020 | 12:14 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s courts are being blamed for a human-rights crisis at correctional facilities after an Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) report unearthed that an 81-year-old man died in the custody of a facility after a 40-year wait for...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With loyalists of People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips now on edge and preparing for another round of internal schism, two signatories of a controversial letter are insisting that the correspondence is not a launching pad for...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:13 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

EDUCATION MINISTER Karl Samuda has explained the decision by his ministry to accede to the request by the Caribbean Examinations Council to bring forward the date for external exams even as the Opposition continues to level criticisms. Some 132,...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With some listed companies being stopped in their tracks by the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) as they sought to hold virtual annual general meetings, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced an exemption for companies to hold these forums...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 12:29 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

THERE IS another political flare-up in the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) as its president, Dr Peter Phillips, has yielded to a demand by a Peter Bunting faction to discuss the party’s future. “There has not been a meeting between you...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A YEAR shy of her 20th anniversary as a member of parliament, Shahine Robinson, 66, has died having lost her battle with lung cancer. She is the second minister in successive governments to die while in office following Roger Clarke in 2014....

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Senator Lambert Brown is questioning whether Jamaica would be removed from the European Union financial blacklist, given the expected more than five per cent contraction in the economy because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jamaica was among...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Senate on Friday paid tribute to the late former chairman of the RJRGLEANER Group, Oliver Clarke.     Clarke died last Saturday after a battle with cancer.     “The tongue of good report has been heard...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

SENATORS YESTERDAY traded barbs as they clashed over the Jamaicans who recently arrived in Falmouth off the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas. The ship docked at the historic Falmouth Port on Tuesday with 1,044 Jamaicans aboard...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 12:20 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A LEADING trade unionist has reacted with caution to the impending June 1 lifting of the work-from-home orders, declaring that most employees are in no frame of mind to return to the physical workspace environment just yet. Prime Minister Andrew...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Despite the Jamaican Government’s insistence that it has not granted approval for a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) ship with 1,044 Jamaican crew to dock in Falmouth today, there are indications that the administration might allow the returnees...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:06 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A cousin of Oliver Clarke’s remembers a conversation in the late 1960s between Clarke’s father and himself, which was the earliest signal he could recall of the accountant’s showing of his destiny to be one of the country’s powerhouses in business...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans have been advised that they will embark on a new era of rights when the long-awaited Data Protection Bill is passed, Technology Minister Fayval Williams has said. In piloting the bill in the House of Representatives Wednesday, the...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) is set to announce Raymond Pryce as its caretaker for St Catherine East Central, the seat vacated by Dr Winston De La Haye last month under controversial circumstances. General secretary of the PNP, Julian...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

BAR OPERATORS have been given a reprieve as the Holness administration prepares to loosen the strictures which have for two months kept the doors of saloons shuttered. Operators of Jamaica’s 10,000 registered bars will be allowed to accept up to...

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Taxpayers will fork out $64 million to pay for accommodation and food for 330 Jamaicans stranded overseas by the COVID-19 pandemic who will arrive back home this week.
But Gleaner analysis projects that taxpayers would have to cough up another $...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Several committees of the Government’s Economic Recovery Task Force will this week meet for the first time as pressure grows on the Holness administration to reboot an economy stalled by a meltdown in commerce linked to COVID-19 restrictions. The...

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2020 | 12:19 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Senator Damion Crawford yesterday told the Senate that Jamaica might be on a blacklist if Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ pronouncement that most of the population could eventually contract COVID-19 holds true. Crawford, who was making...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The health and wellness ministry has only $300 million left to spend out of the $2.8-billion budget it has received to fight the coronavirus disease and has signalled that it will be going back to the finance ministry for more. “We are now in...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:10 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

DETERMINED TO resuscitate an ailing economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reaffirmed his intention to roll out a long-touted works scheme to boost business confidence and sop up sagging labour. Addressing the House...

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