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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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Integrity Commission is expected to break its silence today on a public spat between its commissioners and Dirk Harrison, the director of prosecutions, as well as harsh criticism domestically and from international partners about the pace and...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:30 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Nicolás Maduro regime continues to persecute the family of Juan Guaidó, the opposition congressman in Venezuela who has been backed by dozens of Western nations and their allies as interim president, Guaidó’s wife reported to the Inter-American...

Published:Monday | May 13, 2019 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting has made a rallying cry to People’s National Party (PNP) supporters, warning them that this year was the last opportunity the party has to get its political machinery in order with a general...

Published:Friday | May 10, 2019 | 12:33 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Executive Director of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) Dr Damien King contends that it is feasible for Jamaica to have a national health insurance scheme given the emerging public health crisis on the horizon precipitated by the high...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:24 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Funding problems hampered the rollout of the much-touted Tablets in School project spearheaded by e-Learning Jamaica for reporting year April 2017 to March 2018 as the entity continues to grapple with cash-injection woes from supporting government...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The union that represents rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force says it wants a seat at the table in discussions over the disbandment of the 57-year-old Mobile Reserve Unit. Yesterday, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang...

Published:Friday | May 3, 2019 | 12:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The brawl over the sale of St Ann hotel and beach lands below market value by the state-owned Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has intensified, as former Contractor General Dirk Harrison is strongly insisting that the commissioners of the...

Published:Tuesday | April 30, 2019 | 12:26 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has blasted some Caribbean countries for habouring what he described as petty jealousy for opposing moves a to establish a campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) in his country. “...

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