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Published:Sunday | March 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Member of Parliament (MP) for Western Hanover Ian Hayles is defending his decision to go to court to block the publication of a report by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) despite criticisms that he is opening a constitutional conundrum."...

Published:Monday | March 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

The Accountant General's Department (AGD) has so far racked up a bill of almost $76 million to lease the ground floor of the old Oceana Hotel building in downtown Kingston, which it is yet to occupy.To compound the seeming waste of taxpayers' money...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Illegal gun and ammunition dealers have reportedly flooded the island with nine millimetre (9mm) bullets, with criminals having a field day.Sunday Gleaner sources have pointed to several communities in the Corporate Area, Clarendon and St James,...

Published:Friday | March 10, 2017 | 12:18 AMArthur Hall

The Government's decision to increase the special consumption tax (SCT) on alcohol could cause Red Stripe to scrap plans to spend US$20 million to put in a...

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 12:06 AMArthur Hall

Criticisms over the Government's failure to introduce far-reaching legislative changes, including those to fix the date for general election and introduce impeachment options for parliamentarians, have been rejected by Prime Minister Andrew Holness....

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has vowed that the major legislative changes he proposed during the lead-up to the 2016 general election will beimplemented, but he is just not prepared to give a commitment as to when.Going in to the February 25, 2016,...

Published:Sunday | February 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Members of the Andrew Holness-led Cabinet have six more months to prove to him that they deserve to keep their jobs.According to Holness, while the ministers were not given the job descriptions he had promised in the lead-up to the general election...

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is confident that his administration has brought fresh hope to Jamaicans in the almost one year that it has formed the Government.Tomorrow marks one year since he led the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to a one-seat win...

Published:Friday | February 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Crime and corruption are to get special attention from the Andrew Holness-led administration as it moves into its second year as government, however, the prime minister is advising Jamaicans not to expect any tough, knee-jerk actions.During an...

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Persons held in Jamaica's prisons who have been deemed 'unfit to plead' could be moved into a more fitting environment if the Government accepts the recommendations of the Mental Health and Homelessness Task Force, established by Minister of Health...

Published:Sunday | February 5, 2017 | 12:34 AMArthur Hall

The police force has rejected claims that poor investigation by its detectives is one of the major reasons for the low conviction rate under the Criminal Justice (Suppression of Criminal Organisation) Act, better known as the 'anti-gang legislation...

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Despite the knowledge that the high level of crime could cost him his job and even cost his party the next general election, National Security Minister Robert 'Bobby' Montague is not supporting calls to curtail some civil liberties to tackle the...

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Under pressure, telecoms firm Symbiote, which is facing a possible revocation of its spectrum licence, has dodged the first bullet fired at it by the State.The Gleaner has learnt that Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn has ruled...

Published:Sunday | January 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

The Government might have to tack on an additional $1 billion to its budget for the next fiscal year to pay a claim filed by businessman Y.P. Seaton and two of his related companies.The matter is set to be heard in the Supreme Court in March as...

Published:Sunday | January 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Minister of National Security Robert 'Bobby' Montague has vowed that a major crackdown on criminals will be launched this year as efforts are increased to make Jamaica a safer place. But he is warning that the effort to reduce crime will fail unless...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 12:26 AMArthur Hall

Having ended 2016 with the worst per-capita murder rate in Jamaica, the parishes of Hanover, St James and Westmoreland have started 2017 in the same vein, accounting for 43 per cent of the 82 murders committed across the island in the first 21 days...

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Opposition spokesman on National Security Peter Bunting has accused the Andrew Holness administration of a lack of focus on crime, evidenced, he said, by the country's murder rate heading in a scary direction in just under a month into the new year...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

"Me must kill Paul*," declared the tall dark-skinned man in a tone with no more emotion than the one he used to order a 'special' (one drink of white rum mixed with the energy drink Boom) a few minutes earlier."Do George*! No get youself in a no...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has accepted that successive administrations have starved the local justice system of well-needed funds, leading to the ramshackle operation that now exists."Perhaps in the first decade or so (post-independence) things...

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Member of Parliament for West Portland Daryl Vaz is expressing excitement at the prospects for the parish as several projects to improve the infrastructure get under way.Since late last year, there has been much talk that Portland is poised to take...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

The United States (US) has revoked the visitors' visas of six prominent Jamaicans, including three senior attorneys, in what sources say is a shot across the bow of the Andrew Holness-led administration over its failure to cancel the spectrum...

Published:Sunday | December 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

The Revenue Protection Division (RPD) is planning strong measures to clamp down on Jamaicans who are using fraudulent driver's licences.There are growing concerns that scores of Jamaican motorists are driving around with licences not issued by the...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

With the Government facing increasing pressure over its decision to grant a domestic mobile spectrum licence to Symbiote Investments (which trades as Caricel), the company has gone on the offensive, arguing that it is facing unfair and unjust...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

While making it clear that Europe would prefer if Jamaica expands gay rights and abolish the death penalty, the European Union's (EU) new representative in Kingston insists that these would not be conditions for the island to continue to receive EU...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Despite the board of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) coming under pressure over his appointment, Audley Gordon was still in his office working at 7 p.m. last Thursday.The new executive director of the NSWMA is ensuring that he...

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