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Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:15 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Stung by criticisms that he has been largely absent from the front line in leading Jamaica’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday said that he has been working in the background while the country awaits a...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:15 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A decision by the Court of Appeal in Jamaica that had been cited as cause for lawyers to demand millions in repayment from the police and the Financial Investigations Division (FID) has been overturned by the United Kingdom Privy Council in a...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:25 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Mark Golding is demanding that Prime Minister Andrew Holness lay bare the contract it used to engage Amber Group to build out the JAMCOVID-19 application which is under increased scrutiny. Following reports that an alleged second...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2021 | 5:17 PMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Businesses have immediately felt the pushback from Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s attempt to arrest an alarming spike in COVID-19 cases, as well as the Ministry of Health’s ability to cope, with an earlier curfew that, in a word, hurts...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:31 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Government’s imposition of tougher curfew restrictions in the wake of record one-day coronavirus infections has been cast by business interests as a crippling blow to an already tanking economy that would make recovery much harder. That...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2021 | 12:34 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to surge, the president of the Association of Principals and Vice-principals, Linvern Wright, has recommended that benchmarks be implemented for the shutdown of face-to-face classes because of the...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2021 | 12:13 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has warned the soulless killers responsible for Jamaica’s spiking murder rate that they will be caught and punished for the heartache they have been causing in the country. Chuck lamented that too many Jamaicans...

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2021 | 1:18 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

New trial data received by regulators in the United Kingdom now show that the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine is effective in the elderly, news which could quell fears among that category of people and their caregivers. There had been questions raised...

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2021 | 1:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has approved a new electricity rate class which will begin to affect residential and small commercial customers as early as this month. The Jamaica Public Service Company has been given six months to roll...

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2021 | 1:15 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Declaring that they would not surrender their sacred temple to criminals, worshippers at the Agape Christian Fellowship in Falmouth, Trelawny, were back at church on Thursday, days after witnessing a shocking murder during one of their services. On...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2021 | 12:15 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

New betting and gaming entrant Mahoe Gaming Enterprises has been given the green light to operate, a development bound to challenge Supreme Ventures Limited’s (SVL) monopoly on the multibillion-dollar industry. Mahoe Gaming was given the go-ahead...

Published:Monday | February 1, 2021 | 12:20 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Former Opposition Senator Dr Andre Haughton has lashed out at both the People’s National Party (PNP) and the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), claiming that they have conspired to work against the interests of ordinary citizens. Haughton,...

Published:Friday | January 29, 2021 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica has improved in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) but is still among the most corrupt countries in the world as an estimated $95 billion is lost annually to the scourge. The island moved up a single point from 43 to 44 out of 100,...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Mark Golding and Prime Minister Andrew Holness traded barbs in Parliament on Tuesday over the country’s crime management and the mystery plane that crash-landed in Rocky Point, Clarendon, at the weekend. The occupants of the...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Days after tighter strictures were placed on Manchester to contain the worrying spike in COVID-19 numbers, some areas of national life are being given a reprieve following intense lobbying. Effective February 1, churches will have the green light...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2021 | 12:12 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

In a staunch defence of press freedom, the Reverend Dr Peter Garth lobbied for the protection of media rights as he warned against a perceived worrying trend of influential figures seeking to silence voices with which they disagree. He also...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:18 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Three billion dollars is being spent to vaccinate 16 per cent of the population against COVID-19, and the bill will climb with the Government giving early signals that the medicine could be introduced into the regular inoculation schedule for the...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Leaders of the People’s National Party (PNP) sought on Sunday to present a united front at a service at the Boulevard Baptist Church where they recommited to the principles and values of the 82-year-old movement. The Rev Dr Howard Gregory, who...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With tension simmering in Jamaica over a controversial decision by the United States authorities to nab four Jamaican men and destroy their boat, alleging it was carrying cocaine, high-level talks between the two countries are now under way to make...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:07 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Education Minister Fayval Williams on Tuesday told Parliament that her ministry is working to address issues being faced by parents trying to access the Government’s portal to get a tablet device. As a result, the platform will be reopened on...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

An attempt by a parliamentary committee to dig into a controversial bid for a licence to allow mining in the ecologically sensitive Puerto Bueno Mountains came up empty-handed yesterday after the Attorney General’s Department cautioned them against...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Debate on a proposed new law to establish a fiscal commission to do independent analysis and give opinions and presentations on the country’s finances got under way yesterday, with Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke insisting that the country will...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2021 | 12:10 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Amid what was a difficult 2020, dozens of Jamaicans who lived public lives or gave stellar service in various fields over the years bade their goodbyes, leaving the nation in mourning. As the coronavirus pandemic reached our shores, Jamaicans were...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With a single Caribbean country yet to receive any vial of the COVID-19 vaccine released a month ago, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says big countries are hoarding the precious medicine. Wealthy countries have been engaged in surplus buying since...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, the man who built an all-inclusive hotel empire which spanned the Caribbean despite having no prior experience in that sector, hung up his sandals on Monday and has walked off into the sunset with footprints of a legacy left...

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