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Published:Friday | August 14, 2020 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Although not in overwhelming numbers, a majority of Jamaicans disagree with the Government’s decision to restart the tourism industry on June 15 after it was initially shut down because of major outbreaks in Europe and North America from which most...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2020 | 12:26 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

An RJRGLEANER-Don Anderson poll that shows overwhelming public support for the Holness administration’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic has rankled the opposition spokesman on health, who believes that Jamaicans have bought into a “false”...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Andrew Holness will seek his second mandate for state power when his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) heads to the polls on Thursday, September 3 in a 23-day sprint to beat gathering coronavirus clouds that could dampen voter turnout. Some 1,913,410...

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2020 | 12:09 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A ding-dong battle could be shaping up in Clarendon South Western, one of the strongest and most consistent seats for the People’s National Party (PNP) in the parish, as the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) looks to bag the seat being vacated by Noel...

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

As the election temperature continues to rise, the People’s National Party (PNP) today announced that it if it forms the next government, it will hold a referendum on whether to remove Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.  The idea has...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Amber lights are going off in the Government. The warnings were serious enough to force a meeting of the Cabinet on Thursday to respond to a jaw-dropping 30-case spike in COVID-19 infections within a 24-hour span in Jamaica. Fearing that the early...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

“It would be a disaster.” That’s the declaration from Evrol ‘Blackie’ Christian, one of the players in the food and entertainment industry as fears of a renewed closure heighten as authorities cite non-compliance of COVID-19 protocols to prevent...

Published:Monday | August 3, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Thieves are breaking hearts and uprooting livelihoods in the constituency of Clarendon South West, plundering up to 150 animals in one raid. The stolen animals are ending up on dinner tables across the island, but Member of Parliament Noel Arscott...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

In a major development in the multibillion-dollar gaming industry, the board of commissioners of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) has approved the granting of a licence to newcomer Mahoe Gaming Enterprises Limited. Executive...

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Bar Association has chastised Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte over comments she made in the wake of a court ruling attributed to Justice Bertram Morrison but she has hit back at her critics. Earlier this week, it was reported in...

Published:Friday | July 24, 2020 | 12:28 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Human-rights advocates are deeply disappointed with the Government’s decision to not go ahead with a recommendation to give the Independent Commission of Investigations powers to arrest and prosecute the police autonomously. This as Terrence...

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With both the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) securing one win apiece in St Catherine East Central since the constituency was created ahead of the 2011 polls, Member of Parliament Alando Terrelonge is hoping to...

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2020 | 12:05 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A shower of late Sunday afternoon rain did not deter the almost two dozen People’s National Party (PNP) workers in St Catherine East Central as they canvassed voters on the weekend for the upcoming polls. Led by the PNP’s new man in the...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:30 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

It appears unlikely that Jamaicans will head to the polls before September 3 this year as Parliament voted on Tuesday to extend states of public emergency in 10 police divisions even as a bill has been tabled proposing that both the general and...

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2020 | 12:15 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Parliament is amending legislation to ensure that a minimum of 30 per cent of either sex makes up the composition of government boards and bars politicians from serving on public boards. Though the law is sex-neutral, it is expected to erode...

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:10 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Bemoaning that there are too many idle lands in the country, the new minister with responsibility for land, Leslie Campbell, says the Government will be moving to have titles issued for some 360,000 unregistered parcels, the majority of which are...

Published:Monday | July 13, 2020 | 12:11 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Following the exit of a second councillor from the People’s National Party (PNP) last week, former vice-president of the party, Angela Brown Burke, is lashing out against the treatment meted out to some party supporters and loyalists. This comes...

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2020 | 12:18 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A report from a joint select committee that deliberated on the Sexual Offences Act and related statutes was yesterday approved by the Upper House, setting the stage for husbands to be criminally charged for raping their wives, a move bound to...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:24 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Mark Golding has asserted that the banking sector has fallen short in facilitating COVID-19 relief payments from the Government, as it was reported yesterday that some beneficiaries faced significant hurdles in...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:24 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has defended the Government’s approximately $3.8 billion spend on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Some $6 billion has been budgeted to tackle the deadly coronavirus, of which close to 600 cases...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

First-time Member of Parliament Zavia Mayne, who represents the rural constituency of St Ann South West, is banking on constituents to keep true to what he said was their promise to back him with votes once he “performed” in his capacity as their...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:13 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Parliament Public Adminis-tration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) had difficulty on Wednesday in identifying the role of the Michael Lee-Chin-chaired Economic Growth Council (EGC) as it probed the reasons behind the low out-turn of growth since...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:26 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The chairman of Camperdown High, which has been engulfed in the Petrojam scandal, has fired back at the Integrity Commission, declaring that the school’s administration has nothing to hide. This after the commission reported to Parliament that the...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:19 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Before her entry into representational politics, Tova Hamilton had been working behind the scenes in the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) at various levels, and was always being pushed to make the step which could land her a seat in the Upper House of...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2020 | 12:30 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, is demanding assurances that the legal and technical issues involved in staging both the local government and general elections on one ballot be ironed out before concluding on what...

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