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Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 12:09 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Under-fire lawmakers Daniel Lawrence and George Wright have appealed for patience from enraged constituents who mounted barricades that left commuters stranded in Westmoreland Central and Eastern. Scores of angry residents blocked at least 10 miles...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 12:09 AMAinsworth Morris/Staff Reporter

Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams has vowed to launch a campaign to scrub some colonial-era names from the capital city. Moments after Monday’s renaming of a section of Tower Street in honour of late civil-rights activist Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, Williams...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 12:09 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Industry players are hoping for strong action after tests on illegally imported brown sugar seized by the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) have proven that it was not produced by either of the island’s two sugar factories. The illicit trade, they...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 12:09 AM

The Government is to mirror the Indian model in its implementation of the controversial National Identification System (NIDS) that is expected to come on stream later this year. Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, Floyd...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 12:09 AM

A legal officer at Petrojam recalled on Monday that she had advised Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh, before he was promoted to chairman of the oil refinery, to consider resigning from the board if he was going to be living in the United States. The...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 12:08 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Sixth-graders at a Corporate Area school have pledged to honour their late teacher with exam success in the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). Carlos Gordon, who taught at One Way Prep in St Andrew, died in hospital last Wednesday after a suspected heart...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 12:08 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Upset over a lack of regular electricity supply, angry residents of Retreat, St Ann, blocked the main road leading from their community to Stewart Town, Trelawny, on Monday, causing scores of students to miss school in both parishes. Several...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 12:08 AMCarl Gilchrist and Gareth Davis/Gleaner Writers

National Works Agency CEO E.G. Hunter has disclosed that the project to rehabilitate the Oracabessa to Free Hill road is being tendered as frustration boiled over in western St Mary yesterday morning. Angry taxi operators and residents of Hamilton...

Published:Tuesday | May 17, 2022 | 12:08 AM

Seizing on national foment that has sparked days of strikes and a rash of rural road protests, People’s National Party (PNP) President Mark Golding amassed scores of supporters on the doorstep of the finance minister’s headquarters to press for a...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

The mother of missing two-year-old Jahmeal Mendez believes that a sudden urge to scroll through photos of her young son might have been an omen that something was wrong. That intuition caused 26-year-old Kera Williams, of Rasta Corner in Free Town...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Had Clarrisa Palmer been home, she might have played her routine role of referee in a long-running, bad-tempered dispute between two brothers that turned deadly on Saturday. In her absence, a teen, who on Saturday reportedly carried through on...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Offering parallels with the advocacy of Jamaica’s first national hero Marcus Garvey, Indian High Commissioner Masakui Rungsung has described the decision to rename parts of Tower Street after his country’s civil-rights leader, the late Bhimrao...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Local importers of wheat have sought to assure the island’s producers that there is no anticipated disruption to supplies after India announced a partial ban on exports. Derrick Nembhard, managing director of ADM/Jamaica Flour Mills, said the...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle/Contributor

Businessman and former retail pharmacy owner Milton Wray has brought a claim in the Supreme Court in which he is contending that the National Health Fund (NHF) breached the Fair Competition Act. The challenge is anchored on criticism of the Public...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera and Rasbert Turner/Gleaner Writers -

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) said it would not agree with a reimposition of pre-travel testing for incoming visitors to the island even as health experts suggest that a fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is under way. JHTA...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:08 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Diaspora Conference to be held from June 14-16 this year is estimated to cost $30 million. The price tag was disclosed by Undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Franz Hall, during a virtual meeting with...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:06 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Political turncoat Ivan Anderson has returned to the People’s National Party (PNP) a decade after expulsion and is eyeing a challenge for the St Ann North West seat held by the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Anderson, who has not yet formally...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

It was expected to be another routine visit for Andrew Gosselin* when he showed up to fulfil his mandatory reporting requirement with authorities in the United Kingdom (UK) last week. Gosselin, who spent three years in prison before his release...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Leslie Samuels was destined for the health sector, following in the footsteps of his father, who is a doctor; his mother a registered nurse; and aunt, also a doctor. The Mandeville-raised Samuels was in his third year of medical studies at The...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:10 AMCarl Gilchrist and Gareth Davis - Sunday Gleaner Writers

When then Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson announced a ban on cigarette smoking in public spaces almost a decade ago ago, it was considered by many to be one of the strongest pieces of legislation to be passed in Jamaica in recent times. Fast-...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:10 AM

Jamaica’s leading marketer and distributor of cigarettes and tobacco-related products, Carreras Limited, is reporting that its cigarette sales have been slashed by a quarter since the ban on public smoking took effect almost a decade ago. However,...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:10 AMTyrone Reid - Associate Editor – Investigations

With many smokers freely lighting up cigarettes and puffing away in public spaces and limited enforcement by the police, the fire against the practice has seemingly gone out nearly a decade after new public health laws were introduced. A multi-...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:09 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

So heavy was the pain after Marcia Johnson* buried her mother at the May Pen Cemetery in Kingston that it took her a while to revisit the grave. Almost three years later, the grief was manageable enough for her to make the trek. She was shocked to...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With two major industrial groups having gone on strike this week and under the treat of a major strike in the civil service next week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday urging Jamaicans to let the country’s industrial...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis and Andre Williams/Staff Reporters

An 11th-hour understanding was reached on Friday between the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the O’Neil Grant-led Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), averting a massive strike of thousands of disgruntled public sector workers...

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