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Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A marathon meeting of the Jamaica College board, which finished late last night, ended in a stalemate as executives were warned that they did not have the authority to fire Ruel Reid as principal even as some senior members want to set the...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:26 AMSteven Jackson/Business Reporter

In the face of criticism that his $14-billion tax break was inequitable, Nigel Clarke, Jamaica’s finance minister, gave a staunch defence of his $803-billion Budget but made two concessions raised by the Opposition in order to remove distortionary...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:25 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Opposition People’s National Party wants the full weight of the law brought to bear on everyone who has so far been implicated in corruption at the Ministry of Education, which resulted in yesterday’s axing of portfolio minister Ruel Reid. His...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:16 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Anti-corruption watchdog National Integrity Action (NIA) yesterday welcomed Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ decision to strip Ruel Reid of his education, information and youth portfolios but urged law enforcers to speedily complete their...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:16 AM

• Ruel Reid was first appointed to the Senate in 2013 by then Opposition Leader Andrew Holness. • He lost his senatorial appointment when the Constitutional Court ruled that the pre-signed resignation letters submitted by Holness to the Governor...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Police and financial investigators have in their possession documentary evidence detailing alleged improprieties committed by sacked Education Minister and Senator Ruel Reid, law-enforcement sources have revealed. “We have collected several...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:16 AMSteven Jackson/Business Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has assigned Karl Samuda to oversee the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. Samuda is a minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation whose remit included oversight of water,...

Published:Thursday | March 21, 2019 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Although 24 per cent of Jamaicans who participated in the latest RJRGLEANER-commissioned Don Anderson poll have rated Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton as the best-performing minister, the absence of some of his colleagues in the top five has...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced plans by the National Housing Trust (NHT) to increase the limit for loans by $1 million, raise the ceiling for construction loans, while reducing interest rates for all contributors. He declared...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:25 AM

United States President Donald Trump will meet with Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and four other Caribbean leaders on Friday to discuss a range of issues surrounding trade and security, The Associated Press has reported. The hot-button...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:24 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Government’s tax cuts have been hailed by chief executive officer of Jamaican Teas, John Mahfood, as a good move, but the businessman said yesterday evening that it was inadequate to boost the personal financial well-being of the majority of...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Government is seeking “competitive” sources of financing to undertake a proposed third infrastructure development initiative to succeed the Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP), which was in its winding-up phase, to significantly...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:21 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

A former member of the Uchence Wilson Gang yesterday admitted to being expelled from two schools, but not for the reasons suggested by a defence attorney, as the trial for the reputed gang leader and his 23 alleged cronies continued at the Home...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Diane Edwards, president of Jamaica Promotions (JAMPRO), says that while the country is doing everything to equip its human capital with skills for the job market, global companies like Google are employing critical thinkers over...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 8:11 PM

At the stroke of 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, diplomats, students from Prime Minister Andrew Holness' alma mater St Catherine High School, and other guests were seated in the gallery of Gordon House to hear his contribution to the Budget...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:33 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Despite a gesture of reconciliation towards Buju Banton, his son Mark Myrie Jr has implored the dancehall star to be a better father. The two were allegedly involved in an altercation two days before Banton’s major Long Walk to Freedom concert at...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:33 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The results of an RJRGLEANER-commissioned Don Anderson poll revealing that 72 per cent of Jamaicans believe that businesses should be compensated for losses incurred as a result of major road projects now under way in the Corporate Area, have found...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:33 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

An apparent scam forced the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) yesterday to accommodate the registration of thousands of young people from across the island who responded to a WhatsApp hoax that was being circulated. Daily, the JDF invites 80 to 120...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

The Education ministry is one of two state agencies that are now the subject of separate performance audits being conducted by the Auditor General’s Department (AGD). The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is the other agency. The audits, according...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:32 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Defence attorneys yesterday suggested that a witness, who is said to be a former member of the Uchence Wilson Gang, gave evidence against his former alleged cronies as an act of revenge. Attorney-at-law Richard Lynch said that the witness...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:32 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Several licensed firearm holders in western Jamaica could lose their guns in short order as the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) is not satisfied, based on alleged flaws in their character and other disqualifying factors, that they...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:12 AMGareth Davis

By: Gareth Davis Sr. Port Antonio, Portland: Disappointed in what she claimed was a failure on the part of the Office of the Political Ombudsman to repond to slanderous social media posts against herself and family, Ann-Marie Vaz, the Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:12 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Port Maria Mayor Richard Creary is warning officers of the St Mary Municipal Corporation against improper conduct in the handling of building plans and permits and is threatening to report suspected cases to the Public Service Commission. At...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:11 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

With the first ever International Mathematics Teaching Summit days away, a list of pre-event activities are already creating a buzz. As part of the upcoming event is the first of its kind Mico University College-National Commercial Bank (NCB)...

Published:Tuesday | March 19, 2019 | 12:11 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Chief of defence staff of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, has set a 10-year timeline for the newly opened Caribbean Military Academy (CMA) at Up Park Camp, St Andrew, to achieve the necessary accreditation status in...

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