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Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:31 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

While Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has decided to skip the 31st Intersessional Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, citing “pressing national issues” for his absence, the bloc’s chairman, Mia Mottley, has warned against external...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:14 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

As questions continue to swirl around last Tuesday’s removal of Jamaicans from the United Kingdom (UK), a proclaimed “self-deportee” has warned that returning expats “who find themselves in a strange country” may be jolted by a culture shock....

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-year-old Ivanhoe Spencer-Chen is insisting that his robbery conviction was based on “cooked-up” charges and that his protest of mistreatment in prison caused him to be carted off on a deportation flight to Jamaica. He was among a group of 17...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:09 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government he leads is crafting a sophisticated, well-thought-out national security plan as part of the strategic national economic growth and development agenda for the island. Holness was speaking last...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:26 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC), in just a year, has seen a significant increase in the number of youth enrolled in the programme considered part of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) efforts to contribute to the changing of the culture of...

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Former government senator Pearnel Charles Jr, nominated yesterday as the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate in the Clarendon South East by-election, says innovation and inclusiveness will be his standard when he is declared the winner in the...

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:25 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

“They know what they were doing. I will be all right”, was all one man, the first to walk out of the Harman Barracks processing centre in Kingston, had to say before he was warmly embraced by his crying mother, Ann-Marie Williams. She hugged him...

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:27 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A last-gasp attempt to halt the highly publicised deportation charter flight from the United Kingdom (UK) to Jamaica apparently failed, even though the Court of Appeal in London yesterday ruled that the Home Office refrain, at least for now, from...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:15 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The head of a United Kingdom (UK) pressure group is urging the Andrew Holness administration to deny landing rights to a charter flight from Britain with 50 Jamaicans to be deported to the island next Tuesday, after one of the detainees attempted...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:25 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A relative of one of the 50 people now being processed for deportation from the United Kingdom (UK) to Jamaica next Tuesday is appealing to the Boris Johnson-led Government to “give things a second thought”. Her request comes amid a protest that...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:13 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Donald Tapia, the United States (US) ambassador to Jamaica, says the US will remain neutral in the wake of an avalanche of alleged government corruption swirling in the public space. The often-outspoken US envoy used a speech to the Rotary Club of...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:18 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A new defence pact with the United Kingdom (UK) could be in the making if talks between Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) head, Lieutenant General Rocky Meade, and his British counterpart, General Sir Nick Carter, went as well as is being stated by the...

Published:Friday | January 31, 2020 | 12:14 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

When the United Kingdom (UK) officially leaves the European Union (EU) at midnight, January 31, it will signal Britain’s exit from the European Union after a 47-year stay. The new dispensation, as reiterated by UK High Commissioner Asif Ahmad, is...

Published:Friday | January 31, 2020 | 12:13 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

In about two weeks, Jamaica is to receive another batch of deported migrants (deportees) from the United Kingdom (UK). Unlike in the past, persons who will be aboard the specially arranged charter flight are not immigration offenders. UK High...

Published:Thursday | January 30, 2020 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The parameters of Jamaica’s Sexual Harassment Act 2019 should be broadened to outlaw sexual harassment on the streets, including catcalls, an AIDS and gender advocate has said. Policy and advocacy officer of the Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL...

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2020 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Smarting from a Sunday Gleaner column penned by Donald Tapia, the United States’ top diplomat in Jamaica, the Embassy of China has ratcheted up the temperature with a staunch defence of the Asian country’s record on human rights. After dismissing...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:22 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Organization of American States (OAS) has expended too much time and effort on the Venezuelan crisis while paying scant regard to other pressing matters affecting the 34-member bloc, says María Fernanda Espinosa, one of three candidates vying...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

As China resorts to the shutting down of multiple cities in an effort to contain the spread of the infectious coronavirus, Jamaican students attending universities there say they are living in dread. China on Sunday warned that people can spread...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:31 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

United States (US) Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Kingston yesterday evening amid a clamour of controversy in CARICOM, but Jamaica’s Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson Smith rolled out the welcome mat and delivered a sharp retort to the...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 7:46 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has been warned against becoming a pawn in Washington’s bid to solicit votes in its diplomatic war with the Maduro regime in Venezuela. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s highly anticipated visit to Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 7:39 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Some parents whose children attend the scandal-hit Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) have admitted to being ashamed of the constant stream of corruption allegations that have dogged the leadership of the east Kingston school, triggering court...

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:09 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

With Municipal Elections (local government elections) constitutionally due in November of this year, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) general secretary is preaching a state of readiness. Julian Robinson said the party is in a good place should...

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:27 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has dismissed suggestions that her department may have muffed the findings of a performance management audit of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), which probed breaches of procurement guidelines...

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:16 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Noting on Tuesday that 34 persons were murdered across Jamaica within the first 11 days of the year, Olivia Grange, the minister with portfolio responsibility for gender affairs, said that among the victims are some of the country’s most productive...

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:05 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Daryl Vaz, the minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for Land, Environment, Climate Change and Investments, in giving an update on the ban on plastics in Parliament Tuesday, said the...

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