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Stories by Kimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

At least one government senator has cautioned against moving too quickly to promulgate new legislation aimed at protecting the elderly, noting that an assessment of existing legislation must first be considered. Speaking on Friday in the Lower...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

More than 2,000 educators are expected to be impacted by the Jamaica Teaching Council Bill currently before Parliament’s joint select committee following a requirement of at least a bachelor’s degree to satisfy qualification. Representatives of...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans are expected to pay higher prices for medication as the pharmaceutical industry reels from skyrocketing freight charges for prescription and non-prescription drugs. Stakeholders have said that the logistical nightmare stemming from the...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government is banking on Jamaica’s robust childhood inoculation record for success as it makes a renewed push to procure COVID-19 vaccines for five- to 11-year-olds and to blunt school disruptions amid a fifth wave of the virus. The decision to...

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

More than 300 Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) workers have rejected a proposed 15 per cent salary increase, triggering a fresh round of talks between the central bank and the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) amid a tense industrial climate across the...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Lescene Edwards still has nightmares despite having his murder conviction overturned by the London-based Privy Council last month. He had served nine years of a life sentence at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre before the court determined...

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The National Water Commission (NWC) was given more than 72 hours’ notice before workers of the state-run entity walked off the job, the Union of Public and Private Employees (UPPE) has said. The revelation came in a Gleaner interview on Wednesday...

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2022 | 12:13 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

THE islandwide water lock-off spurred by industrial action at the National Water Commission (NWC) has resulted in the loss of millions of dollars at the state-run entity with unions and the Government still at the negotiation table late into...

Published:Monday | May 9, 2022 | 12:06 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has warned that an infusion of government subventions was not the solution to Jamaica’s food-security concerns, asserting instead that the mobilisation of investment capital into big agricultural projects was crucial...

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2022 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that the security forces will not surrender the Denham Town community in west Kingston to criminals, amid an increase in confrontations between lawmen and residents in recent days. “Let me make it clear to...

Published:Friday | May 6, 2022 | 12:11 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A ruling by the United States Court of Appeals that at least one provision within the country’s Maritime Drug Law Enforcement Act is unconstitutional may undercut America’s role as high-seas police, drawing praise as the right call by Jamaican...

Published:Friday | May 6, 2022 | 12:07 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A food-supply crisis is unfolding globally, and Jamaica could find itself in dire straits if the Government fails to act, Group CEO of Seprod, Richard Pandohie, has warned. His outlook was buttressed by Andrew Gray, managing director of Gray’s...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2022 | 12:14 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has refused to disclose the cost of financing the controversial upgrade of banknotes scheduled for release later this year. An Access to Information (ATI) request submitted by The Gleaner for the cost to revamp the notes...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2022 | 12:15 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The St Mary Police Division has made its way on to the radar of Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson, having recorded a 700 per cent increase in murders since the start of the year. The division, which recorded only two murders up to...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2022 | 12:11 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Church is demanding a greater role on the board of the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC), arguing that denominational institutions make up more than 35 per cent of schools across the island. The group, comprising members of the Ecumenical...

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2022 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) has recommended the dismissal of three principals heading government-operated institutions over their “flagrant disregard” for the established standards of the Ministry of Education. The ECC has also asked...

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A staggering number of early childhood institutions (ECI) in eastern Jamaica have failed to meet the standards required to ensure the proper development of the nation’s children, the latest assessment by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) has...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2022 | 12:08 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The parliamentary Opposition has raised concerns about several clauses of the Trust and Corporate Services Providers (Licensing and Operations) Regulations Bill before the Senate, arguing that they give unlimited powers to the Financial Services...

Published:Monday | April 25, 2022 | 12:11 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The National Water Commission (NWC) is projected to earn an estimated $960 million from its non-revenue water-reduction programme in Portmore, St Catherine, within the next five years amid alarming levels of water loss and theft. Alvaro Ramalho,...

Published:Monday | April 25, 2022 | 12:09 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A title dispute is brewing following the soft launch of media personality Dr Terri-Karelle Reid’s book BRAND YOU!, which bears the exact name of Dr Hume Johnson’s published four years ago. Johnson, an associate professor of communications at Roger...

Published:Friday | April 15, 2022 | 12:06 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has called for solidarity among African and Caribbean nations, charging that they must work together to advance their common positions and interests globally. In an address during a joint sitting of the Houses of...

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Scores of Canadian businesses are looking to set up shop across the Caribbean amid the retreat of the coronavirus pandemic, the North American country’s minister of international trade and export promotion, Mary Ng, has said. Ng, who arrived in...

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2022 | 12:09 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

At least 1,500 of the nation’s children reported missing in the last five years have not been found, even as the number of reports continues to trend down. Data from the Child Protection...

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2022 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith seemingly has the backing of India in her bid to topple Baroness Patricia Scotland as Commonwealth secretary general, with Indian High Commissioner Masakui Rungsung calling her a “strong and fitful” candidate...

Published:Thursday | April 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Constitutional speed bumps have slowed the Government’s push to cut ties with the British monarchy ahead of Jamaica’s 60th Independence anniversary celebrations in August, Minister of Legal and Constitutional Affairs Marlene Malahoo Forte has said...

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