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Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:25 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

A Florida-based Jamaican couple who purchased property at the gated Negril Estate development in Westmoreland are frustrated at the developer Patrick Fletcher’s failure to hand over their land title after more than 12 years, and are demanding...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:11 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

A psychiatric nursing aide at Black River Hospital is seeking the public’s help to save the life of her only child, who has been diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphocytic leukaemia. Akeela Steele, a 12-year-old student at St Elizabeth Technical High...

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2020 | 12:08 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health and wellness, says the community transmission phase of COVID-19 will continue to see a number of positive cases at workplaces, but expressed satisfaction at the efforts of business operators to mitigate...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:15 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

A group of private-sector shareholders involved in a longstanding plan to develop Port Royal as a heritage tourism destination have applied for leave to bring derivative action to the Supreme Court against the state-owned Urban Development...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:14 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation has launched an investigation to determine if homeowners at the gated community of Negril Estate and the developer Reading Holdings Limited have been compliant before deciding to intervene in a dispute between...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 12:17 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is set to introduce rapid antigen testing that will have a faster turnaround in results than the model originally backed by the Government. Also called F200, the COVID-19 antigen testing will come on stream in October. However, the new...

Published:Tuesday | August 18, 2020 | 12:26 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

For the first time in three decades, residents of St James Southern are set to have a new member of parliament (MP). When the constituents enter the voting booth on September 3, it will be the first time in more than 30 years they will not see...

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2020 | 12:22 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

While acknowledging the role and responsibility of a government to protect its citizens and intervene when lives are disrupted, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is calling for a deeper conversation about the future of sugar, but is adamant that his...

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Communities dependent on the Appleton Estate Sugar Factory in Siloah, St Elizabeth, are facing an uncertain future following news that the J. Wray...

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:32 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ) is now in talks with key regulatory services to develop the operating standards for a sustainable work-at-home regime by September 19 as the arrangement sparked by the COVID-19...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:24 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: It is a massive show of goodwill. The Temple of Restoration Ministries, based in Brooklyn, New York, has been delivering care packages to the nation’s most needy across 12 parishes over the past eight weeks, which they hope is...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) has advised Prime Minister Andrew Holness against allowing the creation of virtual SEZs to facilitate the outsourcing sector’s plan to have 25 per cent of its labour pool working...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:24 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) has signalled to the Government that it has no objection to operators in the BPO sector being granted a special extension to its...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2020 | 12:28 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

USED-CAR DEALERS who play by the rules are now being left behind, as a flood of new operators are employing deviant strategies to sell imported second-hand vehicles, reducing the industry to a free-for-all. “We are not happy and our members at...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:21 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Some of the leading developers of space in western Jamaica are now taking a wait-and-see attitude towards the COVID-19 sparked work-from-home (WFH) arrangement, which some outsourcing firms are expressing an interest in expanding....

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:11 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Despite the establishment of a pre-shipment regime by the Government to protect consumers, unsuspecting Jamaicans are still being deceived by unscrupulous used-car dealers who are rolling back the mileage generated on vehicles in the country of...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:
If she were allowed to have her own way, Mildred’s (not her real name) husband would not have travelled to Canada on the overseas farm work programme this year as he has been doing for the past 19 years. However, her...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:25 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Seventeen Jamaicans are among 47 workers employed to Greenhill Produce in Chatham-Kent, Canada, who have contracted the coronavirus disease and have been placed in isolation. Forty-five of the positive cases are migrant workers and two are members...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:25 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: THE UMBRELLA group for BPOs is appealing to the Government to make it mandatory for all outsourcing firms operating in Jamaica to register with the representative body to ensure good governance in the sector. Of the 68 BPOs, or...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 12:23 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Uncertainty now hangs over the lucrative business process outsourcing (BPO) sector after the Government announced a 14-day lockdown of the industry within the next 24 hours, but has offered exemptions to operators who support critical private- and...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:21 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: International outsourcing firm Alorica says it is in full compliance with the protocols established by the Jamaican authorities and has rubbished suggestions that negligence on the firm’s part resulted in 52 of its workers being...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:07 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Inconsistencies in the local telephony infrastructure and recurrent disruptions in electricity are the main challenges being faced by business process outsourcing (BPO) employees who have been working from their homes over the past...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:16 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Seventy-four-year-old Roy Burns has been picking apples in Vermont for nearly 40 years, but while the United States seasonal agricultural programme has been beneficial to him and his family, he will not report for work this year. At...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:06 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: PUBLIC HEALTH officials from the Ministry of Health and Wellness are conducting assessments of all local outsourcing firms to ensure adherence to the restrictions implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The global services sector...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:19 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Davon Crump, chief executive officer of business process outsourcing outfit Global Outsourcing Solutions Limited (GOSL), will probably never forget the look of despair on the faces of some of his employees when...

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