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Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:27 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday detailed to Parliament what he said was evidence that there was major spending on the National Identification System (NIDS) under the former People’s National Party administration led by Portia Simpson Miller...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Integrity Commission is expected to break its silence today on a public spat between its commissioners and Dirk Harrison, the director of prosecutions, as well as harsh criticism domestically and from international partners about the pace and...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:30 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Nicolás Maduro regime continues to persecute the family of Juan Guaidó, the opposition congressman in Venezuela who has been backed by dozens of Western nations and their allies as interim president, Guaidó’s wife reported to the Inter-American...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting has made a rallying cry to People’s National Party (PNP) supporters, warning them that this year was the last opportunity the party has to get its political machinery in order with a general...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:33 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) Dr Damien King contends that it is feasible for Jamaica to have a national health insurance scheme given the emerging public health crisis on the horizon precipitated by the high...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:24 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Funding problems hampered the rollout of the much-touted Tablets in School project spearheaded by e-Learning Jamaica for reporting year April 2017 to March 2018 as the entity continues to grapple with cash-injection woes from supporting government...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The union that represents rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says it wants a seat at the table in discussions over the disbandment of the 57-year-old Mobile Reserve Unit. Yesterday, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The brawl over the sale of St Ann hotel and beach lands below market value by the state-owned Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has intensified, as former Contractor General Dirk Harrison is strongly insisting that the commissioners of the...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:26 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has blasted some Caribbean countries for habouring what he described as petty jealousy for opposing moves a to establish a campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) in his country. “...

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

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has failed to follow through on promises he made a year and a half ago to deliver legislation to make it be mandatory that only Jamaican citizens can stand as candidates for member of parliament. In 2017, there was a...

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

At least three top-level probes have been launched into a dramatic early morning murder in St Catherine yesterday that culminated in a high-speed car chase and a deadly shoot-out...

Published:Monday | April 29, 2019 | 12:10 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The leadership of The University of the West Indies (UWI) has admitted that the number one challenge facing the regional institution is to find solutions to stimulate Caribbean economies as they continue to struggle even with the help of global...

Published:Monday | April 22, 2019 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Tributes poured in from across the Caribbean for Sir Alister McIntyre, former secretary general of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), whose work with the regional institution was recognised and honoured by Jamaica with the Order of Merit, the...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:19 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Tension wracked yesterday’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting when the People’s National Party Youth Organisation made a sweeping raft of recommendations to throw overboard high-ranking political officials in a bid to rejuvenate and reform...

Published:Monday | April 15, 2019 | 12:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Under-pressure People’s National Party President (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips yesterday fired salvos at detractors in the party, telling Comrades yesterday that he does not want to be looking over his shoulders while he takes on the Jamaica Labour Party...

Published:Tuesday | April 9, 2019 | 12:06 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Supporters of under-pressure People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips are beginning to push back as calls for his sacking intensify. Last evening, busloads of supporters from Phillips’ East Central St Andrew constituency descended...

Published:Monday | April 8, 2019 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Former People’s National Party’s (PNP) General Secretary Paul Burke says Comrades have no moral authority to chide the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) on allegations of vote-buying in elections. Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment-Brown...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Political analysts have criticised the strategy employed by the People’s National Party (PNP) in the campaign for yesterday’s keenly watched East Portland by-election, contending that the party lacks the focus needed to be successful at the polls....

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown is investigating what she has called credible allegations of vote-buying in yesterday’s high-stakes Eastern Portland by-election. Parchment Brown told The Gleaner that the police would be investigating the...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness says traditional People’s National Party (PNP) supporters are encouraging their children to vote for his party in the upcoming by-election. “As I stopped at a bar and I spoke with a few people...

Published:Monday | April 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) could find itself losing a parliamentary seat it has held for the past 30 years come Thursday as the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Ann-Marie Vaz is leading her rival, Damion Crawford, in the East Portland race. This...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:38 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Pointing out that Jamaican politics is still characterised by leader-centric influence, political commentator Dr Paul Ashley believes that there is no surprise to RJRGLEANER-Don Anderson poll findings that the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)...

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

This week’s Mathematics Summit will place high on its agenda artificial intelligence (AI) special education of gifted and developmentally challenged children. Local and international experts will today kick off the business end of the three-day,...

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Prime ministers within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have been sounding off over the decision of a select few Caribbean leaders to meet with United States (US) President Donald Trump last Friday in Florida to discuss the deepening political...

Published:Monday | March 25, 2019 | 12:15 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

There are assurances from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information that the controversy that broke last week surrounding the sacking of portfolio minister Ruel Reid will not affect the administration of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP)...

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