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Published:Sunday | February 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

After a surprise 227-vote defeat in St Mary Western in 2011, the Jamaica Labour Party's Robert 'Bobby', Montague seems set to return to the House of Representatives after the votes are counted on February 25. Montague, a then minister in the Andrew...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

The people of St Mary Western have one message to whoever is elected to represent them on February 25: "We want work."The lack of employment in the area is by far the most pressing concern for residents, followed by bad road conditions, crime, and...

Published:Monday | February 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Fewer than half the 1.8 million persons on the latest voters' list have a favourable opinion of the governing People's National Party (PNP) despite every indication that it will be elected for another term when the votes are counted on February 25....

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Political candidates who might want to flout the law and pay persons to vote for them come February 25 will have to fork out a low of $1,000 to more than $10,000 for each vote.The latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll has found that 13 per...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

With every indication that almost half of the just over 1.8 million electors on the latest voters' list are not planning to vote in the February 25 general election, and with a close race expected, there are indications that money could be the...

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

With 18 days left before Jamaicans go to the polls, two research teams from the University of the West Indies, using different methods, have projected that the People's National Party (PNP) will be back in power when the votes are counted.Using the...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 12:16 PMArthur Hall, Senior News Editor

Outgoing Member of Parliament for East Rural St Andrew Damion Crawford has denied reports that he has resigned from the People’s National Party (PNP). News broke early this morning that Crawford had walked away from the party in a huff after...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is taking credit for Jamaica not experiencing the disruption and street protests recorded by several other countries that have implemented similar punishing fiscal measures over the past few years.But university...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Jamaica has been ranked 50th of the 113 countries included in the latest measure of the state of democracy around the world by the Global Democracy Ranking and leads the regional states with a population of more than one million.But Professor Trevor...

Published:Sunday | December 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) is reporting strong interest from potential investors to its latest effort to find qualified bidders to deliver 37 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy to the national grid."It is going very smoothly, the bids...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

HEAD OF the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) Albert Gordon is warning that Jamaica is facing a major water crisis, and this is not because of the almost inevitable drought that will come next year."There is a crisis in that the infrastructure...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 11:02 PMArthur Hall

Tourism, agriculture, the creative arts and business outsourcing have been identified as the drivers which could give an immediate fillip to the economy of the sleepy town of Port Antonio, the capital of Portland.A mere 100 kilometres from Kingston...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw has expressed concern about the timing of the decision of the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) to lower the primary surplus target under Jamaica's economic reform programme.The IMF announced the...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

A Jamaican businesswoman in Paris, France, for a conference is hoping to head home immediately following last Friday's terrorist attack which left 127 people dead.Marsha Smikle says while she was not in any immediate danger at the time of the attack...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Upbeat about Jamaica's prospects, the Digicel Group is splashing out more than US$100 million to take fibre to the houses of Jamaicans.Dubbed 'Digicel Play', the 'Fibre to the Home Network' is being touted as giving Jamaicans Internet at the speed...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

The day-to-day leaders of the public-health sector are now being placed under the microscope following the release of the audit into operations of the four regional health authorities, which confirmed what most Jamaicans already knew: the public-...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

More than five years after he led the Digicel Group's board into making the bold decision to establish its corporate headquarters in downtown Kingston, Denis O'Brien is a little disappointed that the planned redevelopment of the market district is...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Telecommunications firm Digicel could shortly join the small list of local private-sector entities voluntarily declaring their donations to local political parties.Five companies - GraceKennedy, Scotiabank, Jamaica Money Market Brokers, Sagicor,...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

More than half of Jamaicans between 18 and 34 years old would not vote if a general election were held today.That's the finding of the latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll, which tested the pulse of Jamaicans on electoral matters from...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

The leaders of two youth groups attached to the major political parties have added their voices to those expressing concern that young Jamaicans are opting out of the political process.With the latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll showing...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

A Clarendon couple is demanding answers today after their preterm baby, Jalisa, died at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) at the height of the bacteria infection that claimed the lives of 18 babies.The distraught parents said they...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Hold those plans to call the next general election this year. That's the suggestion from a majority of Jamaicans to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller based on the latest Gleaner-Bill Johnson opinion polls.With senior officials of the governing...

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Work is continuing apaceat the proposed Festival Marketplace and Food Bazaar, adjacent to the Kingston Craft Market, in downtown Kingston.The marketplace is intended to be one more element and attraction in the development of the Kingston Waterfront...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Armed with what she describes as a genuine love for the people and an unshakeable faith in God, Jacqueline Taylor-O'Gilvie believes she has the ammunition to do what no one else has been able to do in 35 years: defeat Karl Samuda in a general...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall

Forced to stave off frequent criticisms about the poor state of the infrastructure in the South West St Andrew constituency which she has represented for 33 years, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has vowed to do all she can to improve the area....

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