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Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:23 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

A Sunday Gleaner request for the employment contracts of the police and tax commissioners has been denied, shocking some civil society advocates who are insisting that the holders of the two key public positions cannot benefit from oft-used privacy...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaican Government, after months of silence, has disclosed that it has signed a five-year J$4-billion contract with the Israeli firm ELTA Systems Limited, but has sought to assure Jamaicans that they have nothing to fear. The disclosure and...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

More than two centuries after the Moravians landed in Jamaica, a little girl named Lucinda Beverley (now known as Lucinda Grace Peart) was born. By age 12, she had conquered the highest levels of educational assessment in Jamaica for pupils,...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:15 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Stung by criticisms that he has been largely absent from the front line in leading Jamaica’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday said that he has been working in the background while the country awaits a...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:15 AM

The Cyber Incident Response Team in the national security ministry yesterday raised the island’s cybersecurity threat level in relation to government systems to high. The heightened threat level comes on the heels of a number of weaknesses...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:15 AMJonielle Daley/Staff Reporter

As Jamaica gears up to receive a gift of 50,000 AstraZeneca vaccines from India next week, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said that unlike Barbados, the island will not be sharing any doses with Caribbean neighbours as the...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:14 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr Keith Rowley has said that the member states of the regional bloc are expected to receive the first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine under the COVAX Facility by about mid-March. Jamaica’s Health...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:13 AMTanesha Mundle/Staff Reporter

Former Senior Superin-tendent of Police James Forbes, whose 2014 corruption conviction was yesterday thrown out by the Court Appeal, says that if he could go back in time, he would again take part in the events that had led to him being charged...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:13 AMRasbert Turner/Gleaner Writer

Construction, agri-culture and home-improvement outfit Hardware...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:13 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Yesterday’s sentencing of 39-year-old Nadeen Geddes, the Trelawny woman who, along with her two daughters, pleaded guilty to participating in the murder of her sister by a hitman last year, was postponed because of the absence of...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:13 AMJonielle Daley/Staff Reporter

Today marks one year since visually impaired university student Jasmine Deen disappeared on her way home from classes about 9 p.m. The passing time has done nothing to ease her family’s pain. Instead, more worry sets in and the emotional trauma...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:12 AMGareth Davis Sr/Gleaner Writer

PASSLEY GARDENS, Portland: Ryan Gayle, a student of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) at Passley Gardens in Portland, is seeking to make his mark in creating a better future for livestock breeding as climate change takes its...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:10 AMBryan Miller/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Negril Aerodrome in Westmoreland has taken on a brand-new look, thanks to a $47-million rehabilitation of the facility, which is located in proximity to the world-famous seven-mile beach in the western resort town. Approximately...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:17 AM

In another stunning development, the JAMCOVID-19 website up to Thursday evening was found to be publicly revealing personal information associated with over half-million quarantine orders issued by the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Discovery of...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Dr Keith Rowley-chaired Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will write to the Biden administration in a matter of days appealing to Washington to share with states within the region supplies of COVID-19 vaccines. Rowley, who is also prime minister...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:17 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Members of a Rastafarian faith group have lambasted the narcotics police for destroying a half-acre plantation of ganja that was allegedly being used for sacramental purposes. Royan Harris, member of the Ethiopian African Black International...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:15 AM

Doctors call for Ivermectin to fight COVID-19 The Jamaican Government has been urged to authorise the use of Ivermectin within its suite of drugs to treat patients with COVID-19. Citing decades of safe clinical use, Dr Andrew Manning, president...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:15 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A decision by the Court of Appeal in Jamaica that had been cited as cause for lawyers to demand millions in repayment from the police and the Financial Investigations Division (FID) has been overturned by the United Kingdom Privy Council in a...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:13 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The head of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) has likened the operations of the Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James, to a war zone as it grapples to find space to admit a rising number of COVID-19 patients...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:13 AMTanesha Mundle/Staff Reporter

An American citizen was hauled before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Wednesday for reportedly breaching the curfew order after he went to the police station in the night to check on his brother, another United States citizen, who had...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A member of the panel that drafted Jamaica’s Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom has cautioned that the constitutional arrangement governing the use of states of emergency (SOE) was deliberately made difficult. Dr Lloyd Barnett, who chaired...

Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:05 AM

The police have launched an investigation into the murder of a man who was shot dead after stopping to relieve himself along the Mandela Highway in St Catherine. The deceased has been identified as Gregory Lawrence, a 41-year-old labourer of Bamboo...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:18 AMRomario Scott, Edmond Campbell and Carl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writers

Private schools will independently decide whether they will continue with face-to-face classes, dismissing the education ministry’s declaration that only exit exam students should attend in-person sessions as merely “an announcement”. A meteoric...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:18 AM

The densely populated municipality of Portmore should transition to high-rise living as one of the fastest-growing regions in Jamaica. That is one of the proposals that is being mulled by a joint select committee examining the prospects of...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:18 AM

Jamaica has not yet ratified key documentation necessary for the fulfilment of its side of the bargain of the COVID-19 vaccine deal brokered with the COVAX Facility. Documents reviewed by leaders at a CARICOM Intersessional Meeting on Wednesday...

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