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Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The United States Coast Guard has denied that five Jamaican fishermen who were held in 2017 and detained on the high seas for 32 days were subjected to inhumane treatment. The American Civil Liberties Union recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of...

Published:Monday | June 24, 2019 | 12:12 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Late Jamaican statesman Edward Seaga was yesterday lauded by his long-time political rival P.J. Patterson as a “titanic warrior” whose patriotism and legacy to nation building set him aside as an Independence-era legend. Addressing the congregation...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 5:06 PMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Imani Duncan Price, a short while ago, was declared the winner of the highly anticipated contest for the chairmanship of the Central Kingston constituency to replace Ronald Thwaites, who will be exiting the political scenes.  Imani...

Published:Saturday | June 22, 2019 | 12:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

After weeks of intense campaigning, People’s National Party (PNP) delegates will today select the new chairman of the Central Kingston constituency in a contest that kicks off at 10 a.m. at the party’s headquarters at 89 Old Hope Road in St Andrew...

Published:Friday | June 21, 2019 | 12:20 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Amid several controversies fuelling tension in the People’s National Party’s (PNP) Central Kingston constituency chairmanship race, delegates and political organisers are in the final phase of preparation for tomorrow’s showdown. Raymond Pryce,...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:42 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s foreign minister Kamina Johnson Smith last night confirmed that the board of Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the South American country’s oil and gas company, has filed a lawsuit in relation to Kingston’s forcible takeover of its 49 per...

Published:Monday | June 17, 2019 | 12:29 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

For years, twin brothers Georzinno and Jerzinno Gayle have been making weekend and holiday trips from Spanish Town, St Catherine, to the shallow but dangerous waters under the Port Kingston Causeway. They often bring along their sons – Jaylon, 12...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

An endorsement from former People’s National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller could have been a fillip to the campaign of either current leader Dr Peter Phillips and challenger Peter Bunting ahead of a September internal election. But...

Published:Wednesday | June 12, 2019 | 12:24 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Spokesman on Housing Dr Morais Guy has suggested that there is a correlation between raising the ceiling on funds potential homeowners are able to access from the National Housing Trust (NHT) and skyrocketing market prices, making it...

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:09 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

In his first address since making public his intention to challenge Dr Peter Phillips for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP), Peter Bunting has declared that he is ready to lead the party to victory. Bunting, who said he was not...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:25 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Declaring that women’s potential goes beyond that function of their wombs, gender activist Nadeen Spence has refused to accept that the rise of females to higher social and economic status is the driving force behind the social upheaval in the...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:20 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

(This story was previously published online.) Jeanette Calder, executive director of the Jamaica Accountability Meter Portal (JAMP), a civil-society watchdog, said that there should be zero tolerance to corruption, which she says costs the country...

Published:Monday | June 3, 2019 | 12:13 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

It was Edward Seaga’s last touchdown. On the tarmac at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston were members of the 1st Battalion Jamaica Regiment, decked out in their bright red uniform to execute a pompous welcome, a fitting salute to...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:09 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Anti-corruption campaigner Jeanette Calder has made a strident call for more vigilance and for Jamaicans to put up a fierce opposition to corruption, dubbing the scourge a major drag on the country’s economic development. Calder, executive...

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Lauded as a political colossus who helped build the foundations of nationhood and feared as a mercurial leader who suppressed party rebels, Edward Philip George Seaga lost his final battle yesterday, dying on the date, and in the land, of his birth...

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:18 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Puzzled by figures on an invoice presented to the state-owned entity by Main Event Limited for a banquet as a part of a four-event jamboree for its 35th anniversary, members of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament yesterday was outraged....

Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 1:09 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Residents of May Pen, Clarendon, have been left terrified following a brazen daylight attack by criminals with high-powered weapons yesterday that left two cops injured. A police sergeant and a constable, both attached to the May Pen Police Station...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:32 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Dayton Campbell has bashed the plan announced by the Ministry of Health and Wellness to outsource some non-emergency surgeries and diagnostic tests to private contractors to ease the burden on public health...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Government is upbeat about the prospective benefits of the controversial Data Protection Bill and the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Act, Technology Minister Fayval Williams has said. Speaking at the Global Digital Marketing...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:18 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Michael Lee-Chin, has made a passionate plea for Jamaicans to save and purchase more assets, warning that foreigners will sweep in as the economy begins to strengthen. Lee-Chin, who was addressing...

Published:Monday | May 20, 2019 | 12:14 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Karl Samuda, the minister with responsibility for education, has disclosed that the ministry is assessing the damage caused by fire at Seaforth High School in St Thomas and will be making repairs to the facility. Reports are that at approximately...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:38 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Imani Duncan-Price has put herself forward as a possible candidate to take up the mantle People’s National Party (PNP) standard-bearer in Central Kingston when Ronald Thwaites exits even as political foes lurk on the fringes with their eyes also...

Published:Friday | May 17, 2019 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Fayval Williams says the Government was moving to reconstitute the board of Petrojam, the scandal-hit state-owned oil refinery. In her maiden sectoral presentation as energy minister in Parliament on...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Saying that if he were in such a position, he would have taken back his money and pulled up stumps, billionaire investor Michael Lee-Chin yesterday expressed serious concern over the Rooms on the Beach saga. Lee-Chin, who chairs the Government’s...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:27 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday detailed to Parliament what he said was evidence that there was major spending on the National Identification System (NIDS) under the former People’s National Party administration led by Portia Simpson Miller...

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