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Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:19 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The historic electoral whupping of the People’s National Party (PNP) of October 30, 1980, at the hands of the Edward Seaga-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) still evokes raw emotions today. Sixty seats were contested and the JLP won 51. That victory...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:19 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Nearly 6,000 students from 17 schools in nine parishes are to return to face-to-face learning on a phased basis as more than 50 per cent of the country’s pupils have difficulty accessing online education amid the coronavirus...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:19 AMNeville Graham/Business Reporter

Shareholders have given the nod to three special resolutions aimed at shoring up the RJRGLEANER Group’s future prospects, according to CEO Gary Allen. “We know that it may be a challenging environment, but we are digitally driven. We’re going to...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:18 AMJonielle Daley/Gleaner Writer

Two private nursing homes in Manchester and Hanover have been ordered closed for COVID-19 health and safety breaches as Jamaica recorded its first coronavirus death at an elder-care facility. The developments are an important fault line as elder-...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:18 AM

In a “bold” clampdown on rogue housing developers, the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has announced a review panel and community surveys among major changes to the approval process for construction in the Corporate Area. The...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:18 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The family of a retired district constable who was brutally murdered on Monday afternoon has painted him as a serial child predator who had absconded bail after being charged with assaulting a 12-year-old girl. At about 2:30 p.m. on Monday,...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

While making it clear that dog owners must be held accountable if their animals injure people or cause damage to property, Jalil Dabdoub, president of the German Shepherd Club, is urging the Government to make adjustments to the Dogs (Liability for...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:12 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

When political violence erupted in the Olympic Gardens area of St Andrew West Central in the 1980s, Bradley McCallum Jr, who was living in the United States, saw the greatest exodus his community would experience. As the nation was gripped by...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 10:03 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday night further extended the nightly curfews and other COVID containment measures until November 16. This means the curfew hours will remain at 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., daily. According to the Prime...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 8:25 PM

Health authorities have ordered the closure of two nursing homes found in breach of COVID-19 protocols. At the same time, several others as well as lock-ups and prisons have been given time to comply. Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton told a...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:09 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Nineteen months after a landmark court ruling doomed the Holness administration’s showpiece universal identity system, mounting research presents a compelling case that too many Jamaicans are untracked and underserved, a local think tank has said....

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:09 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Forty years after the bloody election campaign in 1980, Rosemarie ‘Debbie’ Maragh believes that she would not be alive today had it not been for her insistent sister and the heroic help of a man who braved heavy...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sounded a warning to Jamaicans who construct houses on gully banks and other areas prone to flooding, saying that his administration will take steps to establish “no-build zones”. He contended that the Government...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:08 AM

Scotiabank announced a series of measures that will affect rural branches, including the closure of two locations and the halting of cash transactions at six others. The sweeping changes form part of the bank’s digitisation drive, leaving the group...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Residents of Bayshore Park in Harbour View are not optimistic that the main road leading into their community will be rehabilitated anytime soon following the destruction of several sections of the surface after a weekend of withering wind and rain...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:07 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writer

The heavy rains that pummelled the island for the past two weeks have dealt a cruel blow to farmers in Clarendon. For farmers in Bog Hole in the north, it was another stark reminder of how much of a gamble they take every time they plant. Larkland...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It has been a struggle for educators who are mothers to school-age children in the COVID-19 education era. Their homes have become halls of learning for their children as well as the tens of thousands they teach online daily. “I have not been...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 6:42 PM

A man wanted in connection with eight contract killings is among two shooters killed in a confrontation with the police in Duncans Pen, St Catherine on Monday night. The police say Ashado McFarlane otherwise called 'Boysie' was wanted...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 7:46 AM

The National Water Commission (NWC) says sections of St James will be without water on Thursday as it carries out urgent maintenance work at the Pitfour Deep Well in the parish. The disruption will last between 9 a.m and 3:00 p.m. Affected...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:22 AMOlivia Brown and Cecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writers

Frustrated. That’s captures the sense of despair for residents of Corn Piece who have been flood victims despite their road being repaired three years ago. Enid Johnson and daughter Melva Thompson said they have been forced to bail knee-high water...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:22 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The torrential rains that set off landslides and flooding, damaging roads and other infrastructure across several parishes, are expected to incur a repair bill of more than $1 billion. Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:21 AMJonielle Daley/Gleaner Writer

Everald Gayle slept fretfully at his neighbour’s house on Saturday night worried that the howling wind and stinging rain would test the strength of his humble home in Shooters Hill. When he returned on Sunday evening, his fears were validated, as...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:21 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Rain clouds bring worry for residents of Bachelor’s Hall in St Thomas. While persons travelling to between Hordley Crossing and Bath or on the Golden Grove to Hordley main road may get nervous, fearing the road will become impassable if the...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:21 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Threats by the underworld surrounding a missing illegal firearm hidden among trash on Whitehall Avenue and whisked away to the dump forced garbage collectors to travel under police escort up to a few weeks ago. The situation is still at a delicate...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:20 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Uncertainty clouds the search for missing 35-year-old businessman Andre Burnett, who was reportedly swallowed up by a large wave while swimming off the coast of St Elizabeth on Sunday, as body parts believed to be his were...

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