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Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

With local government elections in the air, the People's National Party (PNP) is intensifying its preparation with the announcement of a "dialogue on core values" involving the local authorities reeling from an anti-corruption movement spreading...

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) says it cannot guarantee that it will meet the challenge thrown out by Finance Minister Audley Shaw for the entity to increase its revenue by up to 40 per cent this fiscal year."I cannot say how much more we will...

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaican Government is defending its response to this week's threat of a tropical storm, which critics have argued was an overreaction and in possible violation of forecasting norms."[I]n my 32 years of Caribbean forecasting, I've never seen it...

Published:Wednesday | August 3, 2016 | 12:56 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaicans, surprised by the suddenness of warnings to prepare for a major weather system, are breathing a sigh of relief after the country escaped the worst of an "unusually" fast-moving tropical wave which developed into a storm after...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Sir Dennis Byron, has urged the peoples of the region now marking 182 years since the reading of the British proclamation, conditionally emancipating thousands from slavery in 1834, to acknowledge...

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

With Jamaica starting to feel the effects of a weather system that could develop into Tropical Storm Earl, some business operators yesterday reported a significant increase in demand for emergency supplies, while residents of one flood-prone...

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaican Government has been forced to give up approximately $3.3 billion in property taxes that were not paid and exceeded the statutory period for collection.The amount was disclosed in a report from the auditor general, Pamela Monroe Ellis,...

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The new Parliament convened in March is now on summer recess following a chaotic last sitting triggered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness' statement to the House of Representatives on the Government's contentious auxiliary fee removal policy."We're...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Dennis Chung, chairman of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), says the recommendation for the Government to consider privatising the agency is worthy of consideration.Local think tank the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Education Minister Ruel Reid says his opposition counterpart, Ronald Thwaites, "sounds like a broken record" for accusing the Andrew Holness-led administration of having a misplaced priority in pursuing the removal of auxiliary fees at the expense...

Published:Wednesday | July 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

At least one lawmaker says a fire near Gordon House - Jamaica's Parliament building - yesterday should be a wake-up call to the authorities, especially the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), to revisit systems of response to sensitive locations....

Published:Wednesday | July 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

There has seemingly been another revision of the Government's policy governing the very contentious removal of auxiliary fees from the secondary-school system.The latest change has not come from Education Minister Ruel Reid but from his boss, Prime...

Published:Monday | July 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The relationship between Jamaican citizens and the 151-year-old Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is facing renewed scrutiny as a "disturbing" video showing St Andrew policemen kneeling on a woman's abdomen and grabbing her by the hair as they seek...

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Years of anger, bitterness, and divisive rhetoric coloured by threats of boycotts seem all buried, with Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, now, in almost triumphal tones, declaring that the relationship between Kingston and Port-of-Spain has been ...

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Dr Keith Rowley, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, says that he is leaving Jamaica today "confident" that his visit has helped to avert a "trade war" between his country and Jamaica.He made the declaration in an address yesterday at the St...

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has indicated that it will induct Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness into its honour park by the end of this year.The development follows The Gleaner's disclosure yesterday that Holness...

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaican Government says it is trying to determine whether it can find US$800,000 (J$101 million) to do specialised Zika testing of pregnant women.Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, is linked by international scientists to microcephaly - a condition...

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

At 17 years old, on the night of April 26, 2008, Kamaal Pitterson's life changed forever.Eight years later, his only cry is for the Government to consider his case and release the money that it has been ordered to pay him. For, already, he is...

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) is facing embarrassment surrounding this week's planned induction of Dr Keith Rowley, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, into its honour park.The university established the park in 2005...

Published:Saturday | July 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

On the eve of the visit of Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley to Jamaica, new data is showing that the twin-island republic denied entry to 320 Jamaicans in 2015, almost two per cent of the total number of Jamaicans who sought entry...

Published:Friday | July 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Mark Golding, Senator and opposition spokesman on justice, says the Andrew Holness administration of almost five months has had the opportunity to reconvene a parliamentary committee to examine laws to curb crimes against women and children and that...

Published:Wednesday | July 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Some petty criminals could escape prison sentences while others might avoid getting criminal records altogether, based on legislation brought to Parliament that provides restorative-justice programmes as an alternative under the criminal-justice...

Published:Monday | July 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Commonwealth, a global organisation of mostly ex-British colonies, has pledged to support the advocacy of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) against large banks in Europe and the United States ending relationships with local financial...

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

David Granger, president of Guyana"Our movement towards the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (is the best thing)."All 15 member states are concerned about the economy, and I'm very confident that we'll be able to overcome those problems. I know...

Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 12:01 AMJovan Johnson

Georgetown, Guyana:The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) project could fail if there is no serious reorganisation of its functions to convince the peoples of the participating nations that their tax dollars are being spent wisely, St Lucian Prime...

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