Sun | Jan 19, 2020

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Published:Thursday | January 2, 2020 | 12:35 AM

The Belize Court of Appeal has upheld a landmark ruling by the country’s Supreme Court which found that a part of Section 53 of the criminal code, which prohibits same-sex relations, was in contravention of five sections of the constitution....

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:28 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Teachers’ Association President Owen Speid is lamenting the make-up of several school boards across the country, saying that political activists are sometimes stymieing operations and using their power to bully teachers in the public...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:25 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The family that operated the 214-year-old Richmond Hill Inn, which was ravaged by fire on Monday night, has said that rebuilding the historic Montego Bay landmark is out of the question. The repurposed great house, owned and...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:25 AM

The following are edited excerpts of New Year's messages from the nation's leaders. Cheers to the Year of Transformation New beginnings generally elicit excitement and energy. Despite any disappointments we may have had during 2019, we can take...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Weight loss may be in your top 10 goals for the new year and this might have been sitting on that list for some years now. Trashing the quick fixes and making a lifestyle change may make the goal much easier to attain as Stacy-Ann Whyte Toolsie...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:22 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Road safety campaigner Kenute Hare is hoping that Jamaica will be able to reverse the massive spike in fatalities from vehicular crashes in 2019, which saw 432 deaths recorded up to yesterday morning. The figure is 43 more than the tally for 2018...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:18 AMChristopher Serju/Gleaner Writer

Two environmentalists have declared that the unfolding mass replacement of styrofoam food and beverage containers with non-biodegradable plastic alternatives is a retrogade step that could undermine the gains envisioned by groundbreaking...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:44 AM

Three of the island’s main private-sector groups have expressed disappointment that both the governing Jamaica Labour Party and the Opposition People’s National Party are yet to publicly denounce any association they may have with criminal gangs....

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:43 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

A female cop who resides in St Elizabeth with her young child and assigned duties in Hanover went to her union to complain after she learnt recently from her commanding officer that she was being transferred to Kingston. Sergeant Patrae Rowe,...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:42 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

On a normal day, residents of Kiora, George’s Valley, would have awakened to the cool Manchester breeze and the coos of native birds. But yesterday was not ordinary. The rural district woke instead to blood-curdling screams for help about 5 a.m....

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:41 AM

Residents of Montego Bay and surrounding communities are in for an explosive New Year’s Eve, courtesy of a collaboration between the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) and Pier One Restaurant. In an annual tradition made popular...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:39 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Fifty workers will be out of a job this weekend as Xxtra, a staple supermarket on the cross-town corridor of Red Hills Road, will close its doors for good, succumbing to economic headwinds that its management said were too strong to battle. The...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:31 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Christmas for the Martin family was always packed with fun and laughter, with the orchestrator, Major Trevor Norman Martin, playing Santa Claus to just about everyone. This year, things were different. The family celebrated its first season...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:30 AM

Permits needed for use of fireworks As Jamaicans prepare to ring in the New Year, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ealan Powell is reminding persons that special permits must be granted for the use of fireworks. “Like any other event that...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Bamboo is being heralded as the perfect alternative to plastic and styrofoam products as Jamaica moves into a new phase on bans against materials that are largely considered to be harmful to the environment. “We are encouraging Jamaicans to grow...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

In a stinging rebuke by the police union, high-ranking officers in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been accused of abusing their authority in approving transfers and other human-resource administrative action in a petty bid to punish...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As a busted main gushed water on to a section of the Sligoville main road in St Catherine yesterday, residents of nearby Mary Village expressed outrage at not having consistent supply for decades. It was the same scratched record that plays in many...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Konya Plummer, the footballer who captained Jamaica’s historic run at the Women’s World Cup in France, has joined Nanny of the Maroons, Usain Bolt, Bob Marley, and Jimmy Cliff at S Hotel’s Legends Circle in Montego Bay. Plummer, a...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:11 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Thousands of companies across the commercial hub of Kingston and St Andrew face deregistration for failing to file their yearly returns, condemning them as illegal to operate. In a dozen full-page advertisements posted by the Companies Office of...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 12:41 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Imagine the utter delight that comes from receiving a communiqué from Buckingham Palace informing you of the Queen’s intention to award you anything, much less induction as a Member of the Order of the British Empire. Retired nurse Yvonne Grant, co...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:52 AMKaryl Walker - Gleaner Writer

Jamaica remains a powerful voice on the world stage, despite the many economic, political and social woes that beset the country throughout this past year. With that in mind, Jamaicans at home and in the diaspora are hoping that, come 2020, things...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:44 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The Wisynco Group has made the positions of more than 100 workers redundant in the last few weeks and has opted out of the food packaging business as the Government remains firm in its decision to place a ban on all Styrofoam products come January 1, 2020. Chairman...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:37 AMCorey Robinson - Staff Reporter

Jamaicans are being warned not to eat susumber berries, more popularly called ‘susumba’ or gully beans, that appear underdeveloped or deformed as these could be poisonous and potentially deadly. The call was made last week by Sherika Whitelocke-...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:17 AMKaryl Walker - Gleaner Writer

As whispers continue and Jamaicans await a final outcome in the controversial revocations of United States visas of local parliamentarians, individuals born on this Caribbean island but who have joined the diaspora in America are warning against...

Published:Sunday | December 29, 2019 | 12:16 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Young workers especially have been shunning the trade union movement and have contributed to just about 30 per cent of employees currently being unionised. This is a matter of concern for president of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions,...

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