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Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:05 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With the nation’s food import bill now at US$900 million, the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) has been asked by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to establish a task force to come up with ways to improve local production...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 9:12 PM

WASHINGTON, CMC – Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa F. Etienne on Wednesday described the Americas, which includes the Caribbean, as the “epicentre” of the COVID-19 pandemic and called on the...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 8:38 PM

SAN DIEGO (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday lifted a freeze on green cards issued by his predecessor during the pandemic that lawyers said was blocking most legal immigration to the United States. Former President Donald Trump last...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 8:32 PM

Cabinet has given approval for the McCam Child Development Centre, located in St Andrew, to be designated a government grant-aided educational institution. This was disclosed by Minister of Education,...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 8:01 PM

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela’s government on Wednesday ordered the expulsion of the chief European Union diplomat in the South American nation following the bloc’s decision to impose sanctions on several Venezuelan...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 6:49 PM

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is assuring the public that the vaccination storage facilities have been vetted and are ready. Tufton made the revelation on his official twitter account. "In visiting two of the National Health Fund...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 6:38 PM

Cabinet has given approval for the transfer of the management of St Joseph’s Hospital in St. Andrew from the Ministry of Health and Wellness to the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA). Currently, the hospital does not operate...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 6:21 PM

Investigations by detectives assigned to the Westmoreland Division into the death of 62-year-old Delroy Grant at his home on Hudson Street, Savanna-la-mar on Monday, January 1, have led to the additional arrest and charge of two other men....

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 5:09 PM

The University Hospital of the West Indies is dismissing claims that it has been operating without water since Saturday. In a statement this afternoon, the hospital says it has water storage for several days should there be water restrictions from...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 5:21 PM

Petrojam is reporting that the major jump in fuel prices this week is due to supply issues arising from the bad weather in the United States and the fall in the value of the local currency. The state-owned oil refinery explained that severe and...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 5:11 PM

Gas prices will go up by $4.50 effective Thursday. The state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, says E-10 87 will sell for $130.12 per litre and a litre of E-10 90 will sell for $132.95. Automotive diesel oil will move up by $3.06 per litre to...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 4:50 PM

The recruitment of a new secretary general for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is among key issues on the agenda for regional leaders meeting over two days starting today.  Ambassador Irwin LaRocque's second five-year term is due to...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 4:28 PM

The Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Combined Index closed Wednesday marginally regaining lost ground. The moderately active trading session ended with an advance/decline ratio of 42/43. The JSE Combined Index advanced by 354.74 points or 0.07 per cent...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 3:47 PM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Outgoing CARICOM Chairman Dr Ralph Gonsalves on Wednesday called for regional leaders to speak out against the “awful” decision by the European Union (EU) to blacklist Dominica as a non-...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 3:15 PM

Business operators are being reminded to make all the necessary provisions during the transitionary six-month grace period to become compliant before the third phase of the plastic ban is fully implemented. “The Government decided to allow a...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 2:17 PM

Education Minister Fayval Williams' announcement this morning advising schools to focus on students preparing for exit exams has drawn mixed reactions from some principals in St Thomas. The minister has advised that only students at grades...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 2:01 PM

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes has pushed back at reports that the nine-month sentence imposed on a St Ann man who pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearm and ammunition has angered the police. Jamar Bartley was sentenced in the St Ann Parish...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 1:41 PM

The St Thomas Police are to seek a meeting with representatives overseeing rehabilitation works along the Morant Bay to Prospect main road to discuss traffic concerns in the area.  The work, which falls under the Southern Coastal Highway...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:18 PM

The Government has extended the islandwide COVID curfew to March 1. The measure runs from 8:00 p.m to 5:00 a.m. Additionally, the public gathering limit remains at 10 persons until February 28, 2021. Further, the Ministry of Education has advised...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 10:52 AM

Only students who are to sit major examinations will be allowed to participate in face-to-face teaching.   Therefore, only grade six students at the primary school level and grades 11, 12, and 13 students in high schools are going to be...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 10:33 AM

Jamaica on Tuesday recorded one additional COVID-19 death, pushing the tally to 406. The deceased is a 55-year-old man from St James. Two more cases were recorded as coincidental deaths, pushing that figure to 81. Meanwhile, there were 193 new...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 10:03 AM

The police in Westmoreland have charged a woman with assault occasioning bodily harm after she was seen in a viral video attacking a man in the parish. The incident took place on Sunday, February 7. She is 40-year-old Shernette Beckford, a vendor...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 9:33 AM

St Elizabeth farmer 45-year-old David Hibbert has been charged in connection with an attack at a market in Montego Bay, St James. Hibbert, who is from White Hall, was on Monday charged with attempted murder and assault at common law. His court date...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 9:32 AM

Detectives attached to the St James Lottery Scamming Task Force on Tuesday charged a man with possession of identity information with intent and possession of an access device following an operation in Coral Gardens in the parish. The man has been...

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2021 | 12:22 AM

Parents and administrators expressed gratitude on Tuesday as students of five Kingston schools were gifted computers that will help close the deficit on online learning as the coronavirus pandemic drags on. Shorna Hunter, mother of Allman Town...

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