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Published:Saturday | April 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

With almost 20 per cent of Jamaica's population living in squatter settlements, a new international report says that the Jamaican Government needs a "clear and definitive" policy for fixing the squatting problem.The report titled The State of Social...

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Scientists from Jamaica are among several regional experts assembled in Vienna, Austria this week for specialist training on how to rapidly detect cases of Zika the mosquito-borne virus that has been declared a global public health...

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Lottery scamming activity is 'declining' in western Jamaica, but that section of the island remains the "epicentre" of the deadly multimillion-dollar illicit business in the island.That is the assertion by Sergeant Kevin Watson, public relations...

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Claiming that he's being "targeted", Paul Burke, the embattled People's National Party (PNP) general secretary, says a motion of no confidence brought against him yesterday by Region One Chairman Lisa Hanna is misguided for reasons he is refusing to...

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The headaches pounding the Andrew Holness administration over its income tax plan could get worse as two national business associations - representing more than 250,000 members - say job cuts will be certain if the pre-election minimum wage proposal...

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The 200,000-strong Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Alliance says Finance Minister Audley Shaw should "come clean" and apologise for giving the country the impression he was not aware the money collected from a special tax on fuel was...

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ) has welcomed the decision of the Andrew Holness administration to maintain the incentives for companies enlisting on the Junior Stock Exchange.The incentives were scheduled to expire yesterday, but...

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica Cane Products Sales (JCPS) is accusing the Sugar Industry Authority (SIA) of acting "unfairly" in awarding a permit to the Seprod-operated Golden Grove Sugar Company in St Thomas to market its own output.The JCPS is the marketing arm of the...

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Some major players in the sugar industry have agreed that if the previous Government had acted sooner, there would possibly be no need for the current administration to intervene in rescuing private sugar companies from failure.On Tuesday, Karl...

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Almost six years after divesting Jamaica's burdensome sugar assets, the Government is re-entering the sector in an attempt to rescue several factories from failing.Minister of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture Karl Samuda told the House of...

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

One of the country's major trade union blocs is warning the Andrew Holness administration not to allow commitments to an election campaign promise to force it to implement income tax relief without addressing all concerns about the policy.Helene...

Published:Monday | March 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Scores of high-school leaders have given their approval to the Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education initiative which the Government believes will "reposition secondary education as inclusive, customised, diverse, relevant, equitable and...

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Approximately 12,500 government workers represented by the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) have vowed to only use the North-South Link of Highway 2000 on official business to ensure that toll charges are covered by the public purse and not...

Published:Thursday | March 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Although launching a new initiative - Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education (APSE) geared at serving the needs of all students in high school, the education ministry says that it is not ready to implement a policy banning streaming in schools...

Published:Monday | March 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Withdraw it! That's the demand from the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), which is branding as an "imposition" a recent order by the Office of the Services Commissions mandating that civil servants must demonstrate compliance with certain...

Published:Saturday | March 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) says it is not pleased that Prime Minister Andrew Holness has disbanded the environment and climate change ministry and is instead "hiding" it in his office.Holness has been facing backlash from...

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2016 | 11:01 PMJovan Johnson

THREE first-time members of parliament were yesterday greeted by insults hurled at them by supporters of the People's National (PNP), who had gathered on Duke Street in Kingston to watch the opening of the new parliament.The MPs-Fayval Williams,...

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

"My sympathy and support."Those were the words from Michael Peart, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, to his successor, who, as of today, will preside over a House which, for the first time in Jamaica's parliamentary history, will...

Published:Friday | March 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Dr Michael Harvey, vice-president of the Northern Caribbean University (NCU), has been stripped of his position as a senior pastor at the institution.The move comes after his appearance on a People's National Party (PNP) platform during the recent...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2016 | 12:58 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is reporting that 22 of the buses chartered by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for its rally in Half-Way Tree yesterday were damaged while a driver was injured in an alleged gang feud on one of the units...

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has provided details on the funding of his multimillion-dollar house in Beverly Hills, St Andrew, in an attempt to respond to a smear campaign he says the People's National Party (PNP) is waging against him in the...

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

Adventist pastor Dr Michael Harvey says he is now cleaving to prayers, after his church leadership sanctioned him for appearing on a People's National Party (PNP) platform, urging Jamaicans to stick with the governing party in upcoming polls.Harvey...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2016 | 8:22 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Seventh-day Adventist pastor, Dr Michael Harvey says he is now cleaving to prayers, after his church leadership sent him on administrative leave following his appearance on a People's National Party (PNP) platform, urging Jamaicans to stick...

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

Linstead, described as a town 'bursting at its seams', is pushing the police there to make an appeal for help to buy bicycles to efficiently navigate the town's congested streets and enforce law and order.The police's call for help follows one from...

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 7:54 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

Deputy chairman of the People's National Party (PNP) Anthony Hylton, has labelled Edward Seaga an 'armchair politician' after the retired MP asserted that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) would have 'wiped out' the PNP if the...

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