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Stories by Livern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:31 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Concerned that persons who die from COVID-19 may still be infectious, funeral home operators are being warned to avoid direct contact with blood and other fluids from the bodies. Jamaica’s health ministry has also cautioned that funeral home...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:31 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Clara Graham* was close to the end of her shift last Wednesday at a New York City hospital when she could no longer hold it together and the tears burst like a dam. She was at the epicentre of the United States’ worst-hit region battling the...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:41 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Health and Wellness Ministry has clarified comments by the health minister in an interview with The Sunday Gleaner about frontline workers and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). According to the ministry, no health worker has tested positive...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:33 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) would be ready for a general election next February if the outbreak of the coronavirus is brought under control by mid-year. That is the assessment of EOJ boss Glasspole Brown after the outbreak of the...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:37 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Relatives of the woman who became Jamaica’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been getting death threats from angry residents in their community, two family members have revealed. ‘Family Member 1’ and ‘Family...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:40 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The start-up firm ItzShipd24/7 has been outed as the entity identified in a recent Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) audit as ‘Logistic Company 2’, which obtained contracts valued at over $50 million under questionable circumstances and in breach...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:40 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica must begin to seriously tackle corruption and go after corrupt public figures or face dire consequences, a renowned academic has warned. Professor Anthony Clayton, head of the Institute for Sustainable Development at The University of the...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:42 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The Government is close to lifting the gag order imposed on members of the previous Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Council through a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). The NDAs first came to public attention through a Sunday Gleaner exposé...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:38 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is suggesting that the publication of his 2018 statutory declaration of income, assets and liabilities is an indication that he has been given the all-clear by the Integrity Commission. The Integrity Commission is the...

Published:Sunday | February 23, 2020 | 12:39 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A report that is now before the Integrity Commission has seemingly made a number of “adverse recommendations” involving key players in the multimillion-dollar scandal that was uncovered at the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam. But according to...

Published:Sunday | February 16, 2020 | 12:36 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The failure of successive administrations to simply enforce laws enacted to combat corruption has been held up as one of the reasons almost seven out of 10 Jamaicans believe their Government is run by powerful business interests. One such example,...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:35 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

An elderly man who languished in jail for a year on gun-related charges has been set free after a video recording obtained by investigators raised a number of red flags about the police account of his arrest. Investigators have indicated, too, that...

Published:Sunday | February 9, 2020 | 12:29 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Elderly siblings Mannaseh and Gerald Thomas had little trouble reeling off the assurances they claim they got from Kaiser Bauxite Jamaica 15 years ago. “They said, ‘look, we are going to give you justice because you give us no trouble … so we are...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:38 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A legal showdown is looming over a decision by Custos of Kingston Steadman Fuller to reject an application by controversial attorney Isat Buchanan to become a justice of the peace (JP). Buchanan was admitted to practise law in Jamaica in 2017,...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:37 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A Jamaican man believed to be living in the United States (US) illegally has admitted, in a federal court in Florida, that he was the person behind a shipment of high-powered rifles and pistols along with thousands of bullets that were intercepted...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:38 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Dr Peter Phillips will have a fight on his hands to hold on to the reins of the People’s National Party (PNP) after Central Manchester Member of Parliament Peter Bunting ended months of speculation yesterday by confirming that he will mount a...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:31 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Following stinging public criticisms about the conduct of the police and the conditions under which detainees were held in three states of emergency last year, the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) says it has seen “significant improvements” in...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

A Westmoreland woman revealed to The Sunday Gleaner that she woke on the weekend to find that members of the security forces had taken over a section of her shop, but says they are welcomed to stay there for as long as she is alive. “I don’t know...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

For the past three decades, Petal Brown says residents of Land Settlement, a housing scheme located in Anchovy, Portland, have been using stones to piece together some semblance of a roadway to get into and out of the community. The water pipe that...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:30 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

Growing up in the gritty inner-city community of ‘Little Lane’, located off Maxfield Avenue, in St Andrew, Damion Crawford had an inkling from very early that his calling was to help lead a revolution for those who, like him, were at the lower end...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:26 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

The thought of following her husband into the rough and tumble world of representational politics was completely alien to Ann-Marie Vaz. By her own admission, she was comfortable caring for her children, building a sound family structure, and being...

Published:Monday | March 18, 2019 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

One in every five persons who support the legalisation of abortion in Jamaica believes that women should be allowed to terminate their pregnancy under any circumstances. That is according to the findings of the latest RJRGLEANER-commissioned Don...

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