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Published:Tuesday | August 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The stench of corruption is one the Jamaican people know all too well. The foul smell has been on the rise in recent months, but history has shown that corruption has been a deep-seated problem in the country, and despite multiple efforts to...

Published:Monday | August 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has fired back at critics of the Andrew Holness administration following news that poverty had increased in Jamaica in 2017. A document tabled in the Senate last Friday revealed that in 2017, 19.3 per cent of...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Former General Secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP) Paul Burke has turned on the extinguisher on the firestorm he created when he said his wife deceived him in lining up behind presidential challenger Peter Bunting. Burke wrote to the...

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Although his future is uncertain as to whether he will remain the People’s National Party president after September 7, Dr Peter Phillips has told the party’s powerful National Executive Council (NEC) to get ready for a general election. Speaking on...

Published:Tuesday | July 30, 2019 | 12:09 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Promising to march around the island to expose the alleged corruption ripping through the Andrew Holness administration, People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips has vowed not to let up until people are held accountable for robbing...

Published:Monday | July 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP’s) two-day National Executive Council (NEC) meeting was transformed into a battleground this past weekend as allies of incumbent president Dr Peter Phillips peppered their opponents over the delegates’ list, which...

Published:Saturday | July 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner has obtained documents giving, for the first time this year, a peek into the financial affairs of Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips and his family. While the declarations of the prime minister and leader of the opposition by law should be...

Published:Monday | July 8, 2019 | 12:20 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday said that an epidemic of violence was sweeping the country as he announced yet another state of emergency (SOE) to curb crime, which he attributed to gangs and dons taking control of communities. At Jamaica...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:12 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

In 2017, fewer Jamaicans migrated to foreign countries in comparison to 2016, data from the 2018 Economic and Social Survey Jamaica (ESSJ) has revealed. Traditionally, Jamaicans have migrated to the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and...

Published:Friday | June 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

As the People’s National Party (PNP) leadership race starts to sizzle, Dr Peter Phillips, the man trying to hang on to his job as president, fired several rounds at critics while reeling out his two-year report card at the Courtleigh Auditorium in...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Peter Bunting Rise United camp’s opposition to a much earlier special delegates’ conference for the run-off between himself and Phillips in a People’s National Party (PNP) leadership race has seemingly paid off, with the National Executive...

Published:Tuesday | June 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

At Sunday’s funeral for former Prime Minister Edward Seaga, his cousin, Metry Seaga, told mourners that the former lawmaker had made tremendous personal sacrifices in serving the country for more than four decades. Speaking during the service at...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The United States Coast Guard has denied that five Jamaican fishermen who were held in 2017 and detained on the high seas for 32 days were subjected to inhumane treatment. The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:12 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Late Jamaican statesman Edward Seaga was yesterday lauded by his long-time political rival P.J. Patterson as a “titanic warrior” whose patriotism and legacy to nation building set him aside as an Independence-era legend. Addressing the congregation...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Imani Duncan Price, a short while ago, was declared the winner of the highly anticipated contest for the chairmanship of the Central Kingston constituency to replace Ronald Thwaites, who will be exiting the political scenes.  Imani...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

After weeks of intense campaigning, People’s National Party (PNP) delegates will today select the new chairman of the Central Kingston constituency in a contest that kicks off at 10 a.m. at the party’s headquarters at 89 Old Hope Road in St Andrew...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:20 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Amid several controversies fuelling tension in the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Central Kingston constituency chairmanship race, delegates and political organisers are in the final phase of preparation for tomorrow’s showdown. Raymond Pryce,...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s foreign minister Kamina Johnson Smith last night confirmed that the board of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the South American country’s oil and gas company, has filed a lawsuit in relation to Kingston’s forcible takeover of its 49 per...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:29 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

For years, twin brothers Georzinno and Jerzinno Gayle have been making weekend and holiday trips from Spanish Town, St Catherine, to the shallow but dangerous waters under the Port Kingston Causeway. They often bring along their sons – Jaylon, 12...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

An endorsement from former People’s National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller could have been a fillip to the campaign of either current leader Dr Peter Phillips and challenger Peter Bunting ahead of a September internal election. But...

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

Opposition Spokesman on Housing Dr Morais Guy has suggested that there is a correlation between raising the ceiling on funds potential homeowners are able to access from the National Housing Trust (NHT) and skyrocketing market prices, making it...

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

In his first address since making public his intention to challenge Dr Peter Phillips for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP), Peter Bunting has declared that he is ready to lead the party to victory. Bunting, who said he was not...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:25 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Declaring that women’s potential goes beyond that function of their wombs, gender activist Nadeen Spence has refused to accept that the rise of females to higher social and economic status is the driving force behind the social upheaval in the...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:20 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

(This story was previously published online.) Jeanette Calder, executive director of the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal (JAMP), a civil-society watchdog, said that there should be zero tolerance to corruption, which she says costs the country...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:13 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

It was Edward Seaga’s last touchdown. On the tarmac at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston were members of the 1st Battalion Jamaica Regiment, decked out in their bright red uniform to execute a pompous welcome, a fitting salute to...

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