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Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:24 AMDanae Hyman/Staff Reporter

Parents have been urged by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to prepare to keep their children at home should the outbreak of COVID-19 threaten mass closures. In a press briefing yesterday evening, Holness announced that amid fears of the spread of...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:24 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Despite the growing concerns over the outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus in the United States and the United Kingdom, the Holness administration has acknowledged that the potential fallout from Jamaica’s major trading partners has swayed the...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:23 AM

Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has defended the $18-billion tax break package that forms a major plank of the 2020-2021 Budget. He said that the decision to cut general consumption tax (GCT) by 1.5 percentage points and...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Dianne McIntosh, was yesterday forced to defend her staff after an irate opposition member of parliament expressed strong dissatisfaction with the work of the ministry. The spat stemmed...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:23 AM

GEORGETOWN (CMC): Acting Chief Justice Roxane George-Wiltshire ruled on Wednesday that the declaration made by the returning officer in Region Four in Guyana’s disputed regional and general elections on March 2 was “unlawful” and in breach of the...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:23 AM

Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has announced a $1-billion social pension programme for the poor and vulnerable of the elderly population who are not receiving money from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:22 AM

A day after the confirmation of Jamaica’s first coronavirus patient, several merchants of bulk chemicals and other cleaning agents have been swamped with customers hunting essentials. At Island Products Bulk Chemicals in Pembroke Hall, St Andrew,...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis says she examined the Fiscal Policy Paper (FPP) in accordance with the Financial Administration and Audit (FAA) Act and submitted the document to Parliament within the time stipulated by law. Before the start of...

Published:Thursday | March 12, 2020 | 12:20 AMAndré Williams and Hopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writers

Golden-age homes and infirmaries in Jamaica have ramped up protocols as they exercise caution for the elderly, the cohort regarded as the most vulnerable to the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, The Gleaner visited at least five public...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 11:04 PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday evening decalred that the Government could close schools as it moves to contain the Coronavirus (COVID-19). But according to the Prime Minister, although a protocol has been agreed, schools should remain...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 5:49 PM

The United States Embassy in Kingston has suspended visa and other consular service after one of its employees tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The employee recently returned to Kingston after travelling to the United Kingdom....

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 7:48 AM

J Wray and Nephew Ltd has suspended operations at its Spanish Town Road offices as a precaution amid Jamaica's first Coronavirus case. The company says this is because the patient had close contact with one of its contractors. In a statement...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:30 AM

Consumers will get an ease from the full burden of general consumption tax (GCT) with a 1.5 percentage-point reduction in the rate from 16.5 per cent to 15 per cent, effective April 1. Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:29 AM

Revellers have been urged to take precautions as they wine to the rhythm of soca and calypso at carnival events because of heightened concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus here. Carmen Brissett, the vice-president of the Nurses’...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:28 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A major explosion at TAO Restaurant Chinese Cuisine in New Kingston yesterday left two persons with serious injuries and several others with minor burns. The blackened Knutsford Boulevard building, with smoke billowing from inside, and two damaged...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:27 AMDanae Hyman/Staff Reporter

Minutes after the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Jamaica, a crush of ­shoppers swarmed pharmacies in Kingston in the hunt for sanitisation agents and safety gear. Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton announced at a press...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With Jamaica confirming its first COVID-19 case yesterday, Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has earmarked $7 billion in contingency funding to tackle the SARS-CoV-2 viral threat. In his contribution to the 2020-2021 Budget...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:27 AMChristopher Serju andNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writers

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said that the Government is exploring ways to cushion several industries that will experience fallout from the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus that has so far claimed over 4,200 lives. The announcement...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:26 AM

Four source nations in Europe have effectively suspended travel for their citizens to the island following clampdowns associated with the emergence of the novel coronavirus, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said. The countries include Italy,...

Published:Wednesday | March 11, 2020 | 12:25 AM

Virus fear pushes Sanders, Biden to cancel rallies WASHINGTON (AP): Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden abruptly cancelled election-night rallies Tuesday night in Cleveland amid concerns over the spread of the new...

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2020 | 7:47 PM

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has announced a 1.5 percentage point cut in General Consumption Tax (GCT). In opening the Budget Debate in Parliament this afternoon, Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke said effective April 1, 2020, GCT will be...

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2020 | 12:27 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A meeting between Jamaican government officials and Carnival Cruise Lines appears to have borne fruit – at least for now – as the vessel Carnival Vista returns to Ocho Rios this Wednesday. The cruise line threatened to cut Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2020 | 12:26 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The deadly COVID-19 disease, now threatening to be a global pandemic, is bound to have an impact on Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ timing and scheduling of the upcoming general election, says Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) General Secretary Dr Horace...

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, has pushed back against critics who assert that he does not have the mettle to lead his party to victory in the upcoming general election. Phillips dismissed the claim that he could...

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2020 | 12:25 AMDanae Hyman/Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) is being blamed by the head of The University of West Indies’ (UWI) Disability Centre for the disappearance of the 22-year-old visually impaired student Jasmine Deen, who was reportedly waiting at the school...

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