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Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) is set to announce Raymond Pryce as its caretaker for St Catherine East Central, the seat vacated by Dr Winston De La Haye last month under controversial circumstances. General secretary of the PNP, Julian...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

BAR OPERATORS have been given a reprieve as the Holness administration prepares to loosen the strictures which have for two months kept the doors of saloons shuttered. Operators of Jamaica’s 10,000 registered bars will be allowed to accept up to...

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Taxpayers will fork out $64 million to pay for accommodation and food for 330 Jamaicans stranded overseas by the COVID-19 pandemic who will arrive back home this week.
But Gleaner analysis projects that taxpayers would have to cough up another $...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Several committees of the Government’s Economic Recovery Task Force will this week meet for the first time as pressure grows on the Holness administration to reboot an economy stalled by a meltdown in commerce linked to COVID-19 restrictions. The...

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2020 | 12:19 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Senator Damion Crawford yesterday told the Senate that Jamaica might be on a blacklist if Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ pronouncement that most of the population could eventually contract COVID-19 holds true. Crawford, who was making...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The health and wellness ministry has only $300 million left to spend out of the $2.8-billion budget it has received to fight the coronavirus disease and has signalled that it will be going back to the finance ministry for more. “We are now in...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:10 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

DETERMINED TO resuscitate an ailing economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reaffirmed his intention to roll out a long-touted works scheme to boost business confidence and sop up sagging labour. Addressing the House...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A major squabble has erupted between two Kingston hospitals over whether the death of a 23-year-old delivering mother was caused by a panicked breakdown in COVID-19 patient protocols by a medical team at the Andrews Memorial Hospital. While the...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Government is prepared to call an all-island state of emergency if the COVID-19 outbreak escalates, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith told the Senate on Friday. In defending the Government’s decision not...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Police are being called on COVID-positive patients by neighbours, fuelling serious concern about heightened discrimination associated with the pandemic. Yesterday, an individual who showed no symptoms of having COVID-19 told Health Minister Dr...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

In making his case for an extension of sweeping security powers, Prime Minister Andrew Holness disclosed to Parliament yesterday that intelligence revealed that criminals had hatched a calculated plan to incite instability to profit from the COVID-...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The country’s ballooning number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 163, with the ministry recording an additional 20 new cases over the last 24 hours. Senior government ministers and technocrats had been locked in a high-level meeting...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:24 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The New Kingston head offices of the Ministry of Health and Wellness have been ordered closed after an employee charged with response to the COVID-19 pandemic has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The identity of the worker, who has been...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Tough restrictions are now in place for business process outsourcing (BPO) operations over heightened concern that call centres are hubs for community transmission of COVID-19 even as it has been revealed that another firm has shuttered because an...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Holness administration has been urged to resist the planned re-entry of Jamaican deportees from the United States even as the government of Guatemala reports that 75 per cent of its returnees on a recent American flight tested positive for the...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Equipment belonging to telecommunications provider Xtrinet will remain in police custody as the Court of Appeal has questioned whether the company has a bona fide licence to use specified areas of spectrum to operate its business. The appeal court...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:12 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Government has been urged to open talks with multilateral financial institutions as the parliamentary Opposition weighs the ultimate impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the Jamaican economy. Ratings agency Fitch last Friday estimated...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Ratings agency Fitch has said the Jamaican economy is expected to contract by four per cent this year as the shock from the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the foreign currency revenues drying up. Fitch yesterday revised Jamaica’s outlook from...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Vice-president of the People’s National Party (PNP), Phillip Paulwell, has sought to rally supporters worried about the health of Dr Peter Phillips that the party will not suffer as he takes a two-week break from active political duties. Following...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The COVID-19 outbreak resulting in mass deaths in the United Kingdom and Europe at large could present major delays in the final murder conviction appeal of controversial deejay Vybz Kartel, attorneys representing him have admitted. Kartel, who...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:08 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed The University of the West Indies, Mona, into deeper financial troubles, forcing it to be banging on the Government’s doors for support, principal, Professor Dale Webber, said yesterday. Speaking during a digital...

Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Widespread use of masks could reduce community transmission of the dreaded COVID-19 disease. But with limited numbers in the island, one leading epidemiologist, Professor Peter Figueroa, is warning that the practice in Jamaica could leave...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Senator Donna Scott Mottley is calling for adequate care for prisons and lock-ups and for the Holness administration to rethink its rejection of the early release of low-risk inmates amid the swirling COVID-19 pandemic. Scott Mottley,...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica last night recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 among healthcare workers, opening a new frontier of contraction that might raise concerns about protocols and gear to protect front-line public-health personnel . Hospital staff have...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:26 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Paul Adolphous Brown, a director of Brown’s Funeral Home in Kingston, has been charged in connection with the recent discovery of hundreds of hospital gloves and masks at the establishment located next door to the Kingston Public Hospital. This...

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