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Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:27 AM

World leaders swiftly congratulated United States President-elect Joe Biden on his victory yesterday, cheering it on as an opportunity to fortify global democracy and celebrating the significance of Americans having their first woman vice-president...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:26 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Delegates of the People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday elected Mark Jefferson Golding as the political movement’s sixth president in its 82-year history, denying Lisa Hanna a chance to wear the crown. Golding, the member of parliament (MP) for St...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:24 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Workers and contractors of the National Works Agency (NWA) were busy yesterday trying to clear an “unusual” landslide which blocked the Gordon Town main road, leaving hundreds of rural St Andrew residents stranded. Stephen Shaw, communications...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:22 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

The National Housing Trust’s (NHT) insistence on getting $5 billion it claims private security firms owe for their workers is being viewed as an existential threat to the multibillion-dollar industry. Granting security guards long-demanded benefits...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:22 AM

Internal campaigns have planted seeds of political division in the People’s National Party (PNP), leaving it badly damaged since 1992, but the temperature has risen exponentially in leadership races since, according to the party’s longest-serving...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:21 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out a significant portion of the jobs created under the country’s recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) programmes, threatening a devastating recession as businesses shutter their doors islandwide. Still,...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:19 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans were sent into a frenzy in March as news spread of the island’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19. Nine months later, however, there are indications that the virus that has claimed the lives of at least 218...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 4:34 PM

Mark Golding, the St Andrew South member of parliament, has been elected the sixth president of the People’s National Party. Golding amassed 1,740 votes to clinch victory.

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:37 PM

People’s National Party (PNP) presidential candidate Mark Golding says generally, he is pleased with the conduct of Comrades during the campaign for presidency. Golding, the St Andrew South MP is facing off with Lisa Hanna, the PNP treasurer...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 11:38 AM

Democrat Joe Biden has defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. Biden's victory came...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:16 AM

WASHINGTON (AP): Democrat Joe Biden was on the cusp of winning the United States presidency Friday night after he opened up narrow leads over President Donald Trump in critical battleground states. Biden had leads in Pennsylvania, Nevada and...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson/Staff Reporter

In addition to poor urban planning, climate change and population increase, urban planners are blaming the extensive damage caused by floodwaters in recent weeks on a lack of political will. Urban planner Dr Garfield Hunter lamented that there is...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:15 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Gunshots shattered the calm in the quiet rural district of Good Hope, St Elizabeth, about 1 a.m. yesterday, waking residents, who were gripped with fear as they waited until daybreak to investigate what had happened. When they...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad has labelled as “insanity” the practice of running utility cables above ground in a hurricane-prone country as he urged town planners to also upgrade sewerage systems as they push for development...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:14 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The search for a new president of the People’s National Party (PNP) ends today. After weeks of wooing delegates to become the sixth president of the PNP, both Mark Golding and Lisa Hanna have expressed confidence that they will be declared the...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:12 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

With the Chalky River overflowing its banks on Wednesday, residents on Weise Road in Bull Bay, St Andrew, are hoping for relief soon from the devastation and dislocation caused by adverse weather over the past few weeks. Apart from battling the...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:12 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writer

Kellits Councillor Noel Nembhard believes it will be a rough road to recovery for Clarendon farms that took a hit during recent heavy rains with many persons now set to have a not-so-merry Christmas. Nembhard, a farmer himself, painted a dire...

Published:Saturday | November 7, 2020 | 12:11 AM

Last month as the new school year got under way, Barracks Road Primary principal Maxine Coates-Brown made a plea for corporate Jamaica and citizens to help scores of students who were unable to connect to online classes due to a lack of devices. “...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:20 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: British High Commissioner Asif Ahmad has said that the poor should not be blamed for the plethora of shanty towns and informal settlements across the island as it is the rich, who, in creating towns and cities with high-rise...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:19 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Floyd Green has signalled his intention to take strong action against poachers who continue to plunder Jamaica’s territorial waters. Green, who delivered the keynote address at the formal handover of a twin-...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

More than 30 applicants shortlisted for customer service and sales representative positions at a ghost call centre have raised an alarm and want the authorities to probe its operations. Some of the hundreds of jobseekers have reportedly paid over...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Educators across the island are growing anxious over what they say is a lack of communication by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on how it intends to administer the 2021 sittings of the regional exams in light of the COVID-...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:14 AM

The downward trend in new coronavirus infections may offer a boon for Jamaicans as the Yuletide season approaches, but the country’s chief medical officer, Jacquiline Bisasor McKenzie, has warned citizens not to let their guard down for fear that...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:14 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

The three schools that withdrew from a two-week pilot, due to start next Monday, opted out because of logistical, health, and other challenges that would have threatened a smooth restart amid the coronavirus pandemic. This week’s hiccup came days...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:11 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The mother of 49-year-old David Drummond has been having nightmares since the death of her son on July 16 in Palm district, Treadways, allegedly at the hands of contract killer Ashado ‘Boysie’ McFarlane. She still endures sleepless nights while...

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