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Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Incumbent Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn and her People’s National Party (PNP) challenger Krystal Tomlinson were exuding confidence after their respective nominations in the St Andrew West Rural on Tuesday. Cuthbert-...

Published:Saturday | August 15, 2020 | 12:10 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A long-gestating pact between Jamaica and the United States to stamp out corruption at local ports is almost ready for ratification but will probably not be inked until after the September 3 general election. The stalled four-year talks may also...

Published:Friday | August 14, 2020 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Franklin Witter is certain the electorate in St Elizabeth South Eastern will return him to the House as their representative on the night of September 3. In fact, the Jamaica Labour Party’s man believes he has done enough work to extend his 205-...

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

Firebrand opposition senator K.D. Knight used the last sitting of the Senate before the September 3 general election to rip into the Holness administration, alleging a culture of fraud and nepotism. Knight pooh-poohed the Government’s management of...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2020 | 12:16 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Founder of Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal (JAMP) Jeanette Calder said the website, the first of its kind in the Caribbean, will become a useful tool in aiding transparency among elected officials. Funded by the European Union, JAMP tracks...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2020 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A cliffhanger is expected when the final votes are tallied this evening in the Trinidad and Tobago general election. However, a number of political pundits give Dr Keith Rowley’s incumbent People’s National Movement (PNM) the slight edge over the...

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Cabinet has approved the erection of a monument in memory of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have been killed in the line of duty. The monument will be erected on the grounds of the National Heroes Park in Kingston....

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2020 | 12:09 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Police Commissioner Antony Anderson is touting the pending end of the ‘big book’ in logging reports at police stations as part of the ongoing transformation of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) using technology. The statement book is one of the...

Published:Thursday | August 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Chinese Embassy in Kingston has unloaded on United States Ambassador Donald Tapia for suggesting that Chinese companies are a national security threat to Jamaica and has warned America not to open a Pandora’s box or suffer the consequences....

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:10 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Commonwealth collaboration is vital to the recovery of the sport sector, which has suffered a crushing blow from essential measures to stem the spread of COVID-19. This was the recurring theme as sports ministers from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia,...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:05 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Real estate developer Gordon Tewani is unperturbed by the thought that he could struggle to find occupants for his multibillion-dollar complexes under construction in Portmore, St Catherine, if outsourcing firms get a permanent extension to the...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:16 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Citing the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) role in combating COVID-19, Prime Minister Andrew Holness saluted army personnel on Armed Forces Day at Up Park Camp for their hard work and professionalism. He said the JDF remains vital to Jamaica’s...

Published:Friday | July 31, 2020 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Even as he defended the Government’s procurement policies that often drive up pricing, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has committed to launching a design competition for low-cost housing options. But Holness has insisted that his administration...

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2020 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Leader of Government business in the Senate Kamina Johnson Smith led a chorus of impassioned pleas to colleagues on the Opposition benches to support the extension of the states of public emergency in five locations across the country. In the end,...

Published:Friday | July 24, 2020 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The composition of the High-Level Commission on Educational Transformation has been criticised for the absence of key stakeholders, including youth. President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), Owen Speid, said that the deficit robs the...

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness used his 48th birthday to heap praise on the late Michael Manley’s campaign for social justice when his People’s National Party held state power in the 1970s. Holness’ comments sought to cool public outrage by Manley...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2020 | 12:17 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The newly arrived United Kingdom (UK) defence attaché, Lt Col Simon Westlake, is viewing an improved budget as a positive sign of how the Ministry of Defence in London considers its relationship with the Caribbean. He told The Gleaner that while...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2020 | 12:07 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) facility that became operational on Monday has been touted as a game-changer in the vehicle importation industry. Importers applying for permits from the Trade Board must now use the new system, which is...

Published:Friday | July 17, 2020 | 12:20 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

CARICOM Chairman Dr Ralph Gonsalves has weighed in on the Guyana election stalemate, saying that what should be a straightforward matter of counting votes in a democracy has become the equivalent of a long-running soap opera, pregnant with real...

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

Opposition Spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson has cautioned against abuse of the amended Interception of Communications Act (2002), calling on Minister Horace Chang to guard against potential breaches. “It is very important. I want it to...

Published:Friday | July 17, 2020 | 12:11 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Trade (DIT) is reporting a noticeable increase in Jamaican businesses investing in British cybersecurity services, with one company providing services to the value of £1.5 million in recent...

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2020 | 12:17 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The forensic report into the death of Jodian Fearon, the first-time mother whose passing triggered national outrage, is now complete. Fearon died on April 24 on the floor of the University Hospital of the West Indies after a series of bureaucratic...

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:40 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Stakeholders in the funeral industry say the phased reopening of economic activities in Jamaica has breathed new life into their business operations, though they are a long way off from recovering to pre-COVID-19 levels. They remain cautiously...

Published:Monday | July 13, 2020 | 12:20 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

It will take at least a decade for Jamaica to start seeing signs of irreversible change in crippling crime under the zones of special operation (ZOSO), says security expert Mark Shields. He said the overall plan must include long-term initiatives...

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

David Sinclair, the widower of Carsha Johnson-Sinclair who died under questionable circumstances at the National Chest Hospital in Kingston on Wednesday, is pressing the hospital to provide information on what led to the death of his wife. The...

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