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Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 9:29 AM

The Transport Authority is suspending late fees for renewal of public passenger vehicle (PPV) road licences and commercial carriers until April 14. The suspension follows a directive from the Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague in...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 9:24 AM

Effective today, the standard rate of General Consumption Tax (GCT) payable in respect to taxable goods and services will be 15%.  This is a reduction from the previous rate of 16.5%.  The new GCT rate of 15% was published in...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:24 AM

Hello mi neighbour! With our backs against the wall in the face of danger … hmmm … what do we do? Out of desperation, a babe will cry and a parent will run to its rescue. The troubled will weep and a relative or friend will hug and comfort him/her...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:09 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writer

As the island continues the fight against the deadly novel coronavirus infection, stakeholders in the May Pen, Clarendon, community have gone into the ring with the Government. Last week, William Shagoury, custos of Clarendon and chief executive...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:08 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Fish vendors at the Morant Bay Fishing Village in St Thomas are bemoaning what they call a drastic decrease in sales since news of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) reached the shores of the country. The vendors said the...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 8:20 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Tuesday afternoon detailed the people exempted from the nightly curfew which begins April 1 as part of measures to contain the spread of #COVID19.  The Prime Minister said, however, in order to...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 4:51 PM

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) has announced operational changes effective Wednesday, April 1 in light of the islandwide curfew. The seven-day curfew will run from 8:00 p.m to 6:00 a.m starting tomorrow. JUTC Managing...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 4:21 PM

The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) is calling for Jamaicans to reduce their use of substances that may be harmful to their health as the country tries to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and minimise exposure. The council...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 4:14 PM

Jamaica’s fisheries sector will experience an estimated immediate fallout of approximately $2.1 billion from losses of local and international sales in light of the global impact of the coronavirus ( COVID-19). That’s according to J.C...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 4:10 PM

Persons who arrived in Jamaica between March 18 and 23 and have failed to self-identify or self-quarantine could face fines of up to $1 million or 12 months’ imprisonment under the Disaster Risk Management Act. Prime Minister, Andrew Holness...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 3:41 PM

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries J.C. Hutchinson says $240 million will be made available immediately to purchase excess produce from farmers. Addressing a media briefing today on the...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 3:31 PM

The National Water Commission (NWC) says it has suspended operations at its Petersville Well facility in Westmoreland, until Friday, April 3, 2020. The NWC says the action has become necessary in order to carry out further system assessment, after...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 1:43 PM

The Sickle Cell Unit at the Caribbean Institute for Health Research, located at the University of the West Indies, Mona, is urging people living with sickle cell disease to exercise extra caution amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.   The...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 1:14 PM

Sleuths assigned to the Savanna-la-Mar Criminal Investigations Branch are seeking the public’s assistance in locating two suspects in the murder of 22-year-old Owayne Gardener committed in the parish on Saturday, March 7. The suspects are...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 9:54 AM

The St Catherine South Police are reporting that DNA tests have conclusively linked a man accused of being a serial rapist to another case. Twenty-eight-year-old Chaddane Harris of Bridgeport in Portmore, St Catherine has since been charged with...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 9:34 AM

The police are reporting that one of the two Persons of Interest in the shooting death of a minor and the injuring of two others in the Flanker, St James has surrendered. According to the police, Martino Kellier, otherwise called ‘Tino...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:25 AM

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says there are some valuable lessons to be learnt from the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), which, if heeded, should make the world a better place. Bartlett, in a podcast on tourism resilience and recovery on...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:24 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

The economic slowdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a harsh blow to the operations of Crafton Holdings, the liquid egg plant run by Damion Crawford. The academic-and-politician-turned-entrepreneur said that his company might be...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:23 AM

THE GOVERNMENT has presented a major development plan for the Bernard Lodge area of St Catherine that will result in more affordable housing, expansion of jobs, sustainable agricultural production, upgrading of roads and informal communities, and...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:18 AM

Dear Mrs Walker-Huntington, I am in a relationship with a United States (US) citizen. We feel it is time that we bridge the distance between us and get married. What are the implications of travelling to the US to get married to him on a visitor’s...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:17 AM

Dear Mr Bassie , I WOULD like to know on what basis a person can apply for a United Kingdom (UK) Ancestry visa. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. – B.B. Dear B.B., Persons can apply for a UK Ancestry visa if they are a...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:16 AM

Dear Miss Powell, T HANK YOU for your weekly articles. Is Canada still accepting applications from professionals like teachers to live in Canada? Are teachers in demand in Canada? I have a diploma from a teacher’s college and a degree from The...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:15 AM

LIKE MANY Jamaicans, Millicent Powell*, a resident of Eight Miles in Bull Bay, St Andrew, is already feeling the economic crunch brought on by the ongoing restrictions on movement and social gatherings, due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic....

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:13 AM

An unanticipated uptick in demand for table eggs over the past two weeks has Derrick Scott puzzled and apprehensive, even as he welcomes the increased business. From his farm in New River, St Elizabeth, last Friday, the businessman told The Gleaner...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

THEY STROLLED from various directions and converged along Church Street in downtown Kingston, the vast majority before the 9 a.m. breakfast time. Sunday was the launch of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation’s (KSAMC) special feeding...

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