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Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 2:32 AM

After a near seven-hour standoff, a St James man, believed to be mentally unstable, has been removed from atop the Scotiabank Fairview building in St James.Shortly after sunset, around 6 pm Sunday, people raised alarm when the man was spotted on the...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:17 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A Canadian cabin crew refused to fly a group of unruly passengers from MBJ’s Sangster International Airport to Pearson International in Toronto on Sunday after they were threatened and called “white trash”. The crew, working the low...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:17 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Frank Blake and his family narrowly missed death or injury on Thursday evening when a motor vehicle skidded off the steep Savage Pen road and landed on its top a few feet from their house. No one was hurt in that incident, but another vehicle...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Leaders of the People’s National Party (PNP) sought on Sunday to present a united front at a service at the Boulevard Baptist Church where they recommited to the principles and values of the 82-year-old movement. The Rev Dr Howard Gregory, who...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:16 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The driver of the ill-fated Toyota Wish motor car that flipped multiple times, killing three persons aboard, had been warned by friends that he was on the verge of drunkenness as the group went on a turbo-charged night of revelry and party-hopping...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: When The Star-Spangled Banner is belted out on Tuesday at a ceremony in honour of United States Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, the voice behind the music will be 17-year-old Jamaican multi-instrumentalist Joseph Davis. The...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Much like the rough road leading to 51 Whitehall Avenue where Hugh Graham spent his earlier years, life for the business mogul and politician was far from smooth. The tenement yard he called home hosted at least 28 others, but in the zinc and...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:15 AMJovan Johnson - Senior Staff Reporter

Poor decisions at dozens of government departments have exposed more than $40 billion of taxpayers’ money to loss or misuse, an analysis of the last two auditor general annual reports has shown. And with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:15 AMRomario Scott - Sunday Gleaner Writer

The son of shipping magnate Harriat Pershad Maragh yesterday gave a peek into the mind of a man who had taken bold steps to reshape how Jamaica’s shipping industry operated for decades. Paying tribute to his father during a funeral at Roman’s...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:14 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Unauthorised medical practitioners exploiting demand for COVID-19 tests locally have apparently expanded their reach into the favoured polymerase chain reaction (PCR) market, asking no verification of identity from patients, many of whom are...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:18 AMGareth Davis Sr/Gleaner Writer

Describing the increase in COVID-19 cases in St Mary as cause for concern, medical officer of health for the parish, Dr Tamara Henry, said that residents are seemingly ignoring the basic protocols including wearing of mask and handwashing. Henry...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:18 AM

A unanimous Court of Appeal on Friday upheld a decision of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) that Catherine Barber was “unjustifiably” dismissed in 2011 by the ATL Pension Fund for which she was general manager. Unless it appeals to the...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:17 AM

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Fayval Williams, says expansion of the Marlie Mount Primary and Infant School in St Catherine is pivotal to the success of the students. Ground was broken on Thursday by Williams for the expansion of...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:17 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With tension simmering in Jamaica over a controversial decision by the United States authorities to nab four Jamaican men and destroy their boat, alleging it was carrying cocaine, high-level talks between the two countries are now under way to make...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:17 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has dismissed a claim by his opposition counterpart, Dr Morais Guy, that the restoration of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay will cost as much as J$12 billion. “I...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Members of the disabled community, specifically users of wheelchairs, have appealed to the Government to provide them with more public transportation designated for wheelchair users. The wheelchair users complained to The Gleaner about the problems...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:15 AMBryan Miller/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: In keeping with the stipulations brought on by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s event to mark the 137th anniversary of the birth of National Hero Sir Alexander Bustamante, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24 at...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:15 AM

Members of the public are being encouraged to make comments and provide recommendations on the Beach Access and Management Policy for Jamaica, which is now at the draft stage of development. The call comes from Minister of Housing, Urban Renewal,...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:14 AMLeon Jackson/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: With Jamaica importing more than US$900 million worth of agricultural produce annually, Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS) Vice President, Denton Alvaranga, wants urgent steps to be taken to improve local production and reduce the...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2021 | 7:14 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU Dr Marcia Graham, the medical officer of health (MOH) at the Westmoreland Health Department, says tourism players in the western parish are breaching the COVID-19 protocols with impunity, while residents enjoy no such latitude as...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:20 AM

Thousands of young Jamaicans will be trained as software developers to create cutting-edge technologies through the Amber HEART Coding Academy. The academy, which was officially launched yesterday by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is a partnership...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:20 AM

Encrypted messaging apps Signal and Telegram are seeing huge upticks in downloads from Apple and Google’s app stores. Facebook-owned WhatsApp, by contrast, is seeing its growth decline following a fiasco that forced the company to clarify a privacy...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:20 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaican Matthew Sewell, who was left to languish in a Bahamian prison for a combined period of nine years and nine months, has won another round in a lawsuit filed against the government of The Bahamas. Yesterday, the Bahamian...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

After failing to account for oil amounting to $5.2 billion over a five-year period, Petrojam Limited, the state-owned oil refinery, has implemented new initiatives to reduce oil losses. In her 2018 special audit of Petrojam, Auditor General Pamela...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:19 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s 2021 Rhode Scholar Fitzroy Wickham will offer prayer on behalf of youths in this year’s National Leadership Prayer Breakfast (NLPB), which will be hosted virtually for the first time in 41 years. The event will be hosted on Thursday,...

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