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Stories by Kimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Thursday | November 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Fraud and corruption charges against Kim Brown-Lawrence, councillor for the Brown’s Town division in the St Ann Municipal Corporation, have not immediately disqualified her candidacy for the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) as it fine-tunes...

Published:Wednesday | November 24, 2021 | 12:13 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Chairman of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Robert Montague, is facing a quiet-but-potent challenge headed by the party’s powerful Area Council One to oust him amid a trail of scandals spanning two ministries he has headed since 2016....

Published:Monday | November 22, 2021 | 12:09 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A mother who says she was unable to identify her dead son because his face had decomposed beyond recognition, is calling for an investigation of the Government-contracted Archer’s Funeral Home in Spanish Town, where the body was being stored....

Published:Saturday | November 20, 2021 | 12:11 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

With hours on the clock before the special leave of scandal-scarred former Education Minister Ruel Reid was set to expire, negotiations between the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Jamaica College (JC) board to determine the way forward were still...

Published:Friday | November 19, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Spokesperson on Education Dr Angela Brown Burke has lashed out at the Ministry of Education’s decision to remove special-needs students from the Adonijah Group of Schools over unpaid fees. But on Wednesday, Education Minister Fayval...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2021 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A steady increase in the rejection rate of non-immigrant visa applications in the B category since 2016 has given rise to concerns about the transparency of the process, but the United States Embassy in Kingston has said it operates within the...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2021 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Chargé d’affaires at the United States Embassy in Kingston, John McIntyre, has seemingly broken from the isolationist rhetoric of former ambassador Donald Tapia, insisting that China’s deepening relations with Jamaica will not sour the island’s...

Published:Monday | November 15, 2021 | 12:08 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government may encounter difficulties in the Senate from its opposition counterparts when it seeks an extension to the states of public emergency (SOEs) declared in seven police divisions on Sunday. Already, several opposition senators have...

Published:Monday | November 15, 2021 | 12:07 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A Jamaican man who vacationed with his spouse and young daughter at the RIU Ocho Rios hotel in St Ann believes he was profiled and badly beaten by staff after returning to a room to retrieve an item after checkout. Raymond Henry booked his stay at...

Published:Friday | November 12, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Seventeen special-needs students who attended the Adonijah Group of Schools in St Andrew have been displaced following a dispute between administrators and the Ministry of Education over unpaid fees. The matter came to a head two weeks ago when...

Published:Thursday | November 11, 2021 | 12:13 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Controversial football manager Craig Butler is being hauled before the court over alleged unpaid rent amounting to $660,000. The matter is expected to be mentioned in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court (Civil Division) on Sutton Street today...

Published:Thursday | November 11, 2021 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Julian Robinson has criticised Education Minister Fayval Williams’ decision to allow the board of Nutrition Products Limited (NPL) to examine the findings of a performance audit that revealed its own serious breaches...

Published:Wednesday | November 10, 2021 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Morais Guy has alleged that there is an ongoing scam involving polymerase chain reaction (PCR) COVID-19 testing with whirlwind turnaround of results in a matter of minutes. He made the claim during Tuesday’s...

Published:Friday | November 5, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says Cabinet will have to decide on the regulation of costs for COVID-19 tests amid growing concerns in several quarters, including from the country’s most powerful business lobby. However, intervention to...

Published:Friday | November 5, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Ministry of National Security is yet to decide if it will take legal action against O’Brien’s International Car Sales for faltering on its 2017 contractual obligation to supply used cars to the police force. Permanent Secretary Courtney...

Published:Thursday | November 4, 2021 | 6:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Chairman of Cari-Med Group, Dr Glen Christian, says his company will not backtrack from its mandatory COVID-19 vaccine-or-test policy amid a steady increase in litigation against companies holding a similar line, the latest coming against...

Published:Monday | November 1, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Chairman Robert Montague says there are no plans to change the party’s voting mechanism in internal elections following moves by the People’s National Party (PNP) to open up ballots to its wider membership. Montague told...

Published:Monday | November 1, 2021 | 12:05 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has pulled the covers off its election machinery, conducting canvasses and fielding candidates for more than 200 divisions months ahead of the February deadline for local government elections. Chairman...

Published:Thursday | October 28, 2021 | 3:53 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Prosecutors on Wednesday requested a continuance in the fraud matter involving former general manager at Petrojam, Floyd Grindley, and his former chairman, Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh, after revealing that new charges have been laid against the two...

Published:Thursday | October 28, 2021 | 3:31 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Valerie Neita-Robertson, the attorney-at-law representing the estate of controversial pastor Kevin O. Smith, says she and his family have not been told where his body is being held. The lawyer told The Gleaner on Wednesday that the police and...

Published:Wednesday | October 27, 2021 | 3:57 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Fewer Jamaicans have been returning for their second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine this month, as the Ministry of Health...

Published:Tuesday | October 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Family members of 26-year-old Orlando Irons were stunned to learn of the constable’s death hours after he and controversial Pastor Kevin O. Smith succumbed to injuries they sustained in a three-vehicle collision in the vicinity of the Linstead...

Published:Thursday | October 21, 2021 | 12:09 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A year after a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court that the months-long detention of five men without charge was unconstitutional, the Government has revisited aspects of the Emergency Powers Act in hopes of satisfying the requirements of the...

Published:Wednesday | October 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A St Catherine woman who reported her daughter missing almost two years ago has accused the Portmore police of doing little to locate the 33-year-old, theorising that her child’s sexual orientation may have impacted their efforts. Sandra Williams...

Published:Friday | October 15, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Ahead of its 83rd annual conference this weekend, the People’s National Party (PNP) is reporting that 98 per cent of its candidates have been selected for the impending local government elections. But the party is demanding that the prime minister...

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