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Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

The mother of missing two-year-old Jahmeal Mendez believes that a sudden urge to scroll through photos of her young son might have been an omen that something was wrong. That intuition caused 26-year-old Kera Williams, of Rasta Corner in Free Town...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Had Clarrisa Palmer been home, she might have played her routine role of referee in a long-running, bad-tempered dispute between two brothers that turned deadly on Saturday. In her absence, a teen, who on Saturday reportedly carried through on...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Offering parallels with the advocacy of Jamaica’s first national hero Marcus Garvey, Indian High Commissioner Masakui Rungsung has described the decision to rename parts of Tower Street after his country’s civil-rights leader, the late Bhimrao...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Local importers of wheat have sought to assure the island’s producers that there is no anticipated disruption to supplies after India announced a partial ban on exports. Derrick Nembhard, managing director of ADM/Jamaica Flour Mills, said the...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMBarbara Gayle/Contributor

Businessman and former retail pharmacy owner Milton Wray has brought a claim in the Supreme Court in which he is contending that the National Health Fund (NHF) breached the Fair Competition Act. The challenge is anchored on criticism of the Public...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMJanet Silvera and Rasbert Turner/Gleaner Writers -

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) said it would not agree with a reimposition of pre-travel testing for incoming visitors to the island even as health experts suggest that a fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is under way. JHTA...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:08 AMLester Hinds/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Diaspora Conference to be held from June 14-16 this year is estimated to cost $30 million. The price tag was disclosed by Undersecretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Franz Hall, during a virtual meeting with...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:06 AMCarl Gilchrist/Gleaner Writer

Political turncoat Ivan Anderson has returned to the People’s National Party (PNP) a decade after expulsion and is eyeing a challenge for the St Ann North West seat held by the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Anderson, who has not yet formally...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett - Senior Staff Reporter

It was expected to be another routine visit for Andrew Gosselin* when he showed up to fulfil his mandatory reporting requirement with authorities in the United Kingdom (UK) last week. Gosselin, who spent three years in prison before his release...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Leslie Samuels was destined for the health sector, following in the footsteps of his father, who is a doctor; his mother a registered nurse; and aunt, also a doctor. The Mandeville-raised Samuels was in his third year of medical studies at The...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:10 AMCarl Gilchrist and Gareth Davis - Sunday Gleaner Writers

When then Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson announced a ban on cigarette smoking in public spaces almost a decade ago ago, it was considered by many to be one of the strongest pieces of legislation to be passed in Jamaica in recent times. Fast-...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:10 AM

Jamaica’s leading marketer and distributor of cigarettes and tobacco-related products, Carreras Limited, is reporting that its cigarette sales have been slashed by a quarter since the ban on public smoking took effect almost a decade ago. However,...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:10 AMTyrone Reid - Associate Editor – Investigations

With many smokers freely lighting up cigarettes and puffing away in public spaces and limited enforcement by the police, the fire against the practice has seemingly gone out nearly a decade after new public health laws were introduced. A multi-...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:09 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

So heavy was the pain after Marcia Johnson* buried her mother at the May Pen Cemetery in Kingston that it took her a while to revisit the grave. Almost three years later, the grief was manageable enough for her to make the trek. She was shocked to...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: With two major industrial groups having gone on strike this week and under the treat of a major strike in the civil service next week, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday urging Jamaicans to let the country’s industrial...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis and Andre Williams/Staff Reporters

An 11th-hour understanding was reached on Friday between the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and the O’Neil Grant-led Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), averting a massive strike of thousands of disgruntled public sector workers...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Duncans All-Age School in Trelawny has been plunged into mourning after acting Principal Ann Marie Johnson Lindo collapsed and died about 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon. Johnson Lindo, whose substantive post is vice-principal but...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Grieving students, colleagues and community folk gathered at the Vere Technical High School in Clarendon yesterday, struggling to come to terms with the death of Principal Antoinette Banton-Ellis, who died suddenly on Thursday evening. Sources told...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that plans may need to be put in place for the expansion of Montego Bay, St James, the western city for which a drainage programme is now being considered to address a perpetual issue of...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang is defending the ability of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) to respond to all situations, arguing that the island’s soldiers are well trained. Chang was speaking with The Gleaner yesterday...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:09 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Westmoreland Municipal Corporation took the National Water Commission (NWC) to task at its latest meeting on Thursday, urging staff of the state entity to put the same fervour shown in their two-day industrial action this week...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:09 AMTamara Bailey/Gleaner Writer

MANDEVILLE, Manchester: Deputy Superintendent Rohan Powell of the Manchester Division of the Jamaica Fire Brigade believes that installing speed traps along accident-prone roadways in the parish could help to reduce cases of reckless driving and...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Gawain Murray had been dreaming of building his own house from the ground up since he was 11 years old and this motivation steered him to pursue a career in construction. Murray grew up in humble beginnings with his three siblings and parents in...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2022 | 12:13 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The 30,000-strong union representing civil servants has rejected the Government’s latest compensation package, issuing a 72-hour ultimatum to respond to simmering concerns or face industrial action. The Jamaica Civil Service...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2022 | 12:12 AMTanesha Mundle/Staff Reporter

A legal officer at Petrojam yesterday recalled that before being appointed board chairman, Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh was a part of a board meeting in July 2016 where it was communicated that the board would only be responsible for covering the...

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