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JTA resumes online voting in presidential election after uncovering irregularities

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has announced that it will resume voting in its 2021 president-elect election as of midnight. The process was suspended on Sunday amid reports of double voting. Earlier today, the administrative staff of...
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JPS applies for rate increases

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) is reporting that it is currently reviewing an application for a tariff adjustment by the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS). The OUR says it expects to make a decision by September. The regulator...
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The 38-year-old taxi operator shows bruises he said he sustained during his ordeal.

RANSOM PAID

A 38-year-old taxi operator who endured two days of threats and was reportedly taunted by mobsters at shallow graves with worm-infested human remains has been freed after his family paid a $400,000 ransom. Now he is living in fear that they will...
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PM sharpening new anti-crime law

While waiting for its day in court challenging a Supreme Court ruling that detentions under states of emergency were in breach of the Constitution, the Andrew Holness administration has signalled that work is well advanced on new legislation to...
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Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) tours the three-bedroom house handed over to Charmaine Lewis (centre) in Pedro, St Catherine, on June 18. At right is St Catherine West Central Member of Parliament Dr Christopher Tufton. The house was constructed under

Struggling mother of three gets keys to own home

Relief came on Friday for 43-year-old Charmaine Lewis of Pedro district in Point Hill, St Catherine, when she was handed the keys to a new three-bedroom house under the Government’s Housing Opportunity Production and Employment (HOPE) Programme....
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Clarendon hospitals receive equipment worth $12 million

The May Pen and Lionel Town hospitals in Clarendon on Friday received donations of more than $12m worth of equipment from William ‘Billy’ Shagoury, custos rotolurum of the parish. Shagoury said a personal health experience ignited his passion to...
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Jamaica’s Damion Lowe (right) and Panama’s Gabriel Torres battle for the ball during the first half of a Concacaf Gold Cup match in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in June 2019.

No margin for error Premium

National defender Damion Lowe says that Jamaica must avoid complacency in their FIFA World Cup qualifiers later this year. El Salvador, Canada, and Panama won their second-round ties on Tuesday, joining the Reggae Boyz, the United States, Honduras...
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Bowlers give Windies fighting chance

The West Indies will have to chase over 300 runs for victory in their second Test match against South Africa, now on in St Lucia. It would be the second such achievement this year after what they did in Bangladesh. The third day of action...
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COVID halts real estate momentum Premium

Construction, which is captured as a goods-producing sector in the counting of national output, was a star in the real economy last year. But real estate, which is classified as a service, was unable to match it. Although the number of real estate...
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Indies Pharma pins hopes on new drugs, streamlined supplies to reverse declines

Pharmaceutical distributor Indies Pharma Jamaica Limited is reporting progress on the development of two new drugs earmarked for the United States market and says it has worked out kinks in its supplies as it looks to reverse the declines in profit...
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Richie Feelings and Family

Children push Richie Feelings to excel

The year was 1997, and a 17-year-old Richard ‘Richie Feelings’ Bailey had just found out that he was about to become a father. A product of Kingston’s inner city, the popular selector recalled that at that age, he was more excited than scared of...
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Jamaican producer’s digital play for Toronto Fringe Festival

A one woman, animated digital stage play, which stars award-winning, Toronto-based, Jamaican film producer, director and actress Sandy Daley, will be screened virtually in Canada at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival. The annual event, slated for...
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Editorial | Warning labels, camels and horses

When , as the expression goes, the team that set about designing a thoroughbred came up with the camel, they produced quite a worthy animal – one well adapted to its environment. But camels do not win thoroughbred races. Hopefully, Jamaica’s...
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Garth Rattray | Don’t vilify or politicise Ivermectin

Fabian Lewis’ recent letter to the editor in The Gleaner sought to characterise the well-meant call for trying Ivermectin in the fight against the pandemic as “… not only half-baked, but deeply dangerous”. Mr Lewis also attempted to smear the...
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Letter of the Day | Fatherhood is a continuous journey

THE EDITOR, Madam: Fatherhood represents choice. A father is a woman’s choice to carry seed, hope, aspirations and future in life form. Where fatherhood was not chosen but imposed, it represents both fear and favour in the outcome, which is only...
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Reflections on Juneteenth

THE EDITOR, Madam: Juneteenth, a blend of the words ‘June’ and ‘nineteenth’, honours the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth commemorates the day (June 19, 1865) that Union soldiers finally made it to Galveston, Texas, to tell...
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This photo provided by the Sri Lankan navy shows the sinking ‘MV X-Press Pearl’ off Colombo port, Sri Lanka, on Thursday, June 17. The container ship carrying chemicals sank off Sri Lanka’s capital on Thursday nearly a month after catching fire, rais

UN office says ship fire caused significant environmental damage

COLOMBO (AP): The UN representative in Sri Lanka said the sinking of a container ship that caught fire while transporting chemicals off the capital Colombo, has caused “a significant damage to the planet” by releasing hazardous substances into...
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Delta variant behind spike of COVID-19 cases in Lisbon

LISBON, Portugal (AP): Portuguese authorities have confirmed suspicions that the new delta variant of the coronavirus is driving a spike in new cases in the Lisbon region. Portugal’s National Health Institute said on Sunday that the highly...
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Lifestyle

Even though he’s not able to monitor 
them for the entirety of his 12-hour shift, 
Shawn Muir (centre) says his sons, 
Dai-Shawn (right) and Nashawn, do well in school, 
and he loves spending time with them.

Shawn Muir wants to secure a future for his boys

On a bench under a tree at the Liberty Academy at Priory in St Andrew, 33-year-old Shawn Muir guards the property while supervising and assisting his children with their studies. The Jones Town native says it eases his mind to see and help them...

Fatherhood gives diplomatic dad John McIntyre ‘true sense of purpose’

“Fatherhood has given me a true sense of purpose,” John McIntyre, chargé d’affaires of the United States of America’s Embassy to Jamaica, told The Sunday Gleaner. Despite the many demands of his day-to-day diplomatic duties, McIntyre treasures the...