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Stories by Mark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:09 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

While Jamaica’s public-health system wilts under the increase in COVID-19 cases across the island, two of the western region’s top health officials have conflicting views as to what might be the cause of the recent surge. Jamaica has recorded...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:07 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

International outsourcing firm Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) has been jolted into cranking up its campaign to vaccinate reluctant staffers following an outbreak of more than 100 coronavirus infections at its facility which resulted in the passing...

Published:Monday | April 26, 2021 | 12:17 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

While the police in Area One are reporting a marginal decrease in murders since the start of the year, measures imposed under the Disaster Risk Management Act to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have not been of much help to the security forces’...

Published:Monday | March 15, 2021 | 12:17 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

There is a renewed call to crack down on the use of absorption pits in the community of Roaring River amid the threat that Westmoreland’s largest source of potable water could become contaminated. Steve Morris, the parish’s chief health inspector,...

Published:Tuesday | March 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

From as long as he can remember, Roxroy Hutchinson has always been working with his hands. Whether it was scraps from the metal workshop near his home in Orange Bay, Hanover, or a piece of wood from the lush greenery throughout his village, or...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2021 | 12:24 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

There are new calls for a swift resolution to the long-standing Bogue land saga in which several business operators who occupied property under a previous People’s National Party (PNP) administration are now facing a demand for payment at current...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:12 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Frustrated by the inability to provide guarantees to prospective clients due to the continuous rollover of short-term extensions for the temporary work-from-home arrangement for employees in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry since...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:25 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

A Florida-based Jamaican couple who purchased property at the gated Negril Estate development in Westmoreland are frustrated at the developer Patrick Fletcher’s failure to hand over their land title after more than 12 years, and are demanding...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:11 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

A psychiatric nursing aide at Black River Hospital is seeking the public’s help to save the life of her only child, who has been diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphocytic leukaemia. Akeela Steele, a 12-year-old student at St Elizabeth Technical High...

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2020 | 12:08 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health and wellness, says the community transmission phase of COVID-19 will continue to see a number of positive cases at workplaces, but expressed satisfaction at the efforts of business operators to mitigate...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:15 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

A group of private-sector shareholders involved in a longstanding plan to develop Port Royal as a heritage tourism destination have applied for leave to bring derivative action to the Supreme Court against the state-owned Urban Development...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:14 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation has launched an investigation to determine if homeowners at the gated community of Negril Estate and the developer Reading Holdings Limited have been compliant before deciding to intervene in a dispute between...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 12:17 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is set to introduce rapid antigen testing that will have a faster turnaround in results than the model originally backed by the Government. Also called F200, the COVID-19 antigen testing will come on stream in October. However, the new...

Published:Tuesday | August 18, 2020 | 12:26 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

For the first time in three decades, residents of St James Southern are set to have a new member of parliament (MP). When the constituents enter the voting booth on September 3, it will be the first time in more than 30 years they will not see...

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2020 | 12:22 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

While acknowledging the role and responsibility of a government to protect its citizens and intervene when lives are disrupted, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is calling for a deeper conversation about the future of sugar, but is adamant that his...

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Communities dependent on the Appleton Estate Sugar Factory in Siloah, St Elizabeth, are facing an uncertain future following news that the J. Wray...

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:32 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: The Global Services Association of Jamaica (GSAJ) is now in talks with key regulatory services to develop the operating standards for a sustainable work-at-home regime by September 19 as the arrangement sparked by the COVID-19...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:24 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: It is a massive show of goodwill. The Temple of Restoration Ministries, based in Brooklyn, New York, has been delivering care packages to the nation’s most needy across 12 parishes over the past eight weeks, which they hope is...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) has advised Prime Minister Andrew Holness against allowing the creation of virtual SEZs to facilitate the outsourcing sector’s plan to have 25 per cent of its labour pool working...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:24 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA) has signalled to the Government that it has no objection to operators in the BPO sector being granted a special extension to its...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2020 | 12:28 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

USED-CAR DEALERS who play by the rules are now being left behind, as a flood of new operators are employing deviant strategies to sell imported second-hand vehicles, reducing the industry to a free-for-all. “We are not happy and our members at...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:21 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Some of the leading developers of space in western Jamaica are now taking a wait-and-see attitude towards the COVID-19 sparked work-from-home (WFH) arrangement, which some outsourcing firms are expressing an interest in expanding....

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:11 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Despite the establishment of a pre-shipment regime by the Government to protect consumers, unsuspecting Jamaicans are still being deceived by unscrupulous used-car dealers who are rolling back the mileage generated on vehicles in the country of...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:
If she were allowed to have her own way, Mildred’s (not her real name) husband would not have travelled to Canada on the overseas farm work programme this year as he has been doing for the past 19 years. However, her...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:25 AMMark Titus/Gleaner Writer

Seventeen Jamaicans are among 47 workers employed to Greenhill Produce in Chatham-Kent, Canada, who have contracted the coronavirus disease and have been placed in isolation. Forty-five of the positive cases are migrant workers and two are members...

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