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Published:Friday | March 1, 2019 | 10:41 PMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Voters in the constituency of East Portland will pick a new representative in Parliament on March 25, Prime Minister Andrew Holness revealed tonight.  Holness, who also indicated that Nomination Day will be March 8.

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:20 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican construction firms are prejudicially labelled as corrupt and inept when their projects are hit by cost overruns and delays, but government and other stakeholders give foreign contractors a free pass for failure, a construction expert has...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:24 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Having been convinced by the leadership of the party’s Area Council Two that East Portland is ready for a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) wave, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to announce a by-election date on Friday. Labourites will gather...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:46 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Newly installed Energy Minister Fayval Williams has defended the Jamaican Government’s decision to explore the possibility of shutting down Petrojam’s refinery portfolio and operating as an import terminal if the ageing state-owned entity fail to...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:05 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

For months, sections of west Kingston and south St Andrew were under lockdown by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), armed with powerful rifles as they set about driving out criminals who have terrorised residents for years. But last Saturday, the...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Carved out of the gritty concrete jungle of Kingston, Ionie Clarke’s big, broad smile is as disarming as her rock-solid confidence. The student leader, a trainee in the Jamaica National Service Corps, said that she has always been driven to make...

Published:Friday | February 1, 2019 | 12:25 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Inspector Sheldon Gordon, the man who has been controversially parachuted into the chairmanship of the Jamaica Police Federation, has fired back at the former chairman, Corporal Arleen McBean, who hinted at gender bias as the reason for her no-...

Published:Wednesday | January 30, 2019 | 12:31 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Arlene McBean, the vocal police corporal who became the first female chairman of the 75-year-old Police Federation, has been sacked from the post, sending ripples throughout the Jamaica Constabulary Force. McBean was removed by the executive of the...

Published:Monday | January 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has proposed the establishment of a national security commission to help tackle the scourge of crime and violence across the country.Currently, there exists a National Security Council chaired by Prime Minister...

Published:Monday | January 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has signalled his administration's intention of tapping the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) for competitive loan offerings to expand the country's creaking water-supply system."Just recently, president of the CDB,...

Published:Friday | January 18, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The more than 100,000 residents of Kingston and St Andrew who had been experiencing disruptions in their water supply from the National Water Commission (NWC) should find it easier accessing the precious commodity in their homes.This as Prime...

Published:Monday | December 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Parents are deliberately reporting their girls missing in a desperate effort to preserve their dignity from self-styled dons wreaking havoc in some of the toughest inner-city communities in the country.The revelation was made by Acting Senior Deputy...

Published:Friday | December 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Off the back of a tumultuous week in the halls of Gordon House, where government and opposition members clashed over recent controversial events, former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has issued a warning to those at the helm of the country's...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Millions of dollars are being invested by some middle- to upper-income households to use sophisticated devices to steal electricity from the grid, intelligence from light-and-power company the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has revealed.The efforts of...

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The second-highest decision-making arm of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the Central Executive, unanimously agreed yesterday to endorse the auditor general's report on Petrojam being examined by Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC)....

Published:Friday | December 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

One of the country's leading experts on crime, Professor Anthony Clayton, has recommended a broader reach of the enhanced security measures now in effect in some areas across the country, to further reduce crime and violence.However, he would prefer...

Published:Tuesday | December 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

President of the Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) Karl Williams has defended the pre-employment drug test policies implemented in some companies to screen potential employees, even as it has caused some young Jamaicans to...

Published:Monday | November 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Fifty-two young Jamaicans across 12 key categories walked away with the prestigious Prime Minister's Youth Awards for Excellence last Saturday.The awards ceremony, organised by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, was held on the lawns...

Published:Tuesday | November 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

"Too much man a beat woman, too much man a kill woman, it must stop," was the declaration made by gender minister Olivia 'Babsy' Grange on Sunday at the National Arena in St Andrew as she vowed that the Andrew Holness-led administration will be...

Published:Monday | November 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

While acknowledging that the administration is only at midterm, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) firebrand politician Audley Shaw said it is ripe for a second term."I know we are at midterm, but I already feel that victory is in the air for the Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | November 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

At least one tax expert and an and economist believe that Jamaicans are paying too little property taxes to meet the expectation for its eventual use.Allison Peart, managing partner at the Ernst...

Published:Friday | November 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jennifer Housen, attorney-at-law has reportedly resigned as People's National Party caretaker for St Andrew West Rural.Gleaner sources have reported that Housen tendered her resignation on Wednesday.Housen, who was seeking to hand current Member of...

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness rebuked adversaries of the controversial National Identification System (NIDS) as he drummed up political support around the issue in West Kingston, the toughest stronghold for his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).NIDS, which...

Published:Tuesday | November 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Principal of the Wolmer's Boys' High School Dr Walton Small is likely to be named as the next candidate for the People's National Party (PNP) in South St James, to replace veteran Member of Parliament (MP) Derrick Kellier.Small is also the president...

Published:Monday | November 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Cabinet has approved the development of a national natural disaster risk-financing policy."The policy will target both pre-disaster, meaning mitigation, resilience measures, and post-disaster risk transfer measures and how to plan for and better...

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