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Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:18 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Approximately 4,500 persons who arrived in the island between March 18 and 23 and have not contacted the Ministry of Health...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:13 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

WHEN IT became apparent in January that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) would become a serious pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated that each country would have to adopt untested strategies to manage the crisis. Here in the Caribbean...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:28 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A request to undertake efforts to pool rights to technologies for the detection, control and treatment of the COVID-19 pandemic is being welcomed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Organization of American States (OAS). The proposal...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:26 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s already burdened healthcare system could be overwhelmed in the coming weeks as the extent of community transmission of COVID-19 becomes clearer, Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Morais Guy has said. Guy, who is also a medical doctor,...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:23 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Education State Minister Alando Terrelonge disclosed yesterday that Cabinet has approved the acquisition of 100,000 tablets to be handed out to students as schools remain closed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. Forty thousand tablets...

Published:Monday | March 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Commonwealth Secretariat has urged member countries, including Jamaica, to make this the decade of gender equality, to give every girl the same opportunities as boys. Secretary General Patricia Scotland made the declaration at a gathering of...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:27 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The boundaries of Jamaica’s police divisions may be realigned as the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) grapples with a spike in murders despite steep declines in most other serious and violent crimes, Commissioner of Police Major General Antony...

Published:Thursday | March 5, 2020 | 12:33 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says rescoping works are to blame for the several missed deadlines to wind up construction in reconfiguring the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James. The 400-bed hospital was partially taken offline in 2018...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:22 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Guy’s Hill police in North East St Catherine has managed to rack up an enviable record of not having a single murder in their division in two years, way below the national average of almost five per day, and they are bent on keeping the streak...

Published:Thursday | February 27, 2020 | 12:15 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Amid growing concern about an increase in sexual crimes against juveniles in Jamaica, the head of the country’s chief child-protection and welfare organisation has given strong endorsement of a more transparent sex offender registry. The debate...

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament appeared stupefied yesterday after the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Local Government, Marsha Henry-Martin, failed to provide members with adequate answers in relation to high rental charges,...

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:08 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

President of the Ganja Growers and Producers Association Jamaica, Richard Crawford, is beseeching the Government to review legislation governing the fledgling medical marijuana industry to allow small farmers a greater stake. His assessment is...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:23 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Residents of several communities in and around Guy’s Hill, St Catherine, have been living without consistent piped water for decades, relying almost exclusively on rainfall and nearby streams to grow their crops and conduct household chores. It...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:23 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Karl Samuda, minister with portfolio responsibility for the ministry of education, youth and information, has declared the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) free of the problems that bedevilled its first official sitting last year. “All the kinks have...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:31 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

While Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness has decided to skip the 31st Intersessional Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM, citing “pressing national issues” for his absence, the bloc’s chairman, Mia Mottley, has warned against external...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:14 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

As questions continue to swirl around last Tuesday’s removal of Jamaicans from the United Kingdom (UK), a proclaimed “self-deportee” has warned that returning expats “who find themselves in a strange country” may be jolted by a culture shock....

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-year-old Ivanhoe Spencer-Chen is insisting that his robbery conviction was based on “cooked-up” charges and that his protest of mistreatment in prison caused him to be carted off on a deportation flight to Jamaica. He was among a group of 17...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:09 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government he leads is crafting a sophisticated, well-thought-out national security plan as part of the strategic national economic growth and development agenda for the island. Holness was speaking last...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:26 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC), in just a year, has seen a significant increase in the number of youth enrolled in the programme considered part of the Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) efforts to contribute to the changing of the culture of...

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Former government senator Pearnel Charles Jr, nominated yesterday as the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate in the Clarendon South East by-election, says innovation and inclusiveness will be his standard when he is declared the winner in the...

Published:Wednesday | February 12, 2020 | 12:25 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

“They know what they were doing. I will be all right”, was all one man, the first to walk out of the Harman Barracks processing centre in Kingston, had to say before he was warmly embraced by his crying mother, Ann-Marie Williams. She hugged him...

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:27 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A last-gasp attempt to halt the highly publicised deportation charter flight from the United Kingdom (UK) to Jamaica apparently failed, even though the Court of Appeal in London yesterday ruled that the Home Office refrain, at least for now, from...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:15 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The head of a United Kingdom (UK) pressure group is urging the Andrew Holness administration to deny landing rights to a charter flight from Britain with 50 Jamaicans to be deported to the island next Tuesday, after one of the detainees attempted...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:25 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A relative of one of the 50 people now being processed for deportation from the United Kingdom (UK) to Jamaica next Tuesday is appealing to the Boris Johnson-led Government to “give things a second thought”. Her request comes amid a protest that...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:13 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Donald Tapia, the United States (US) ambassador to Jamaica, says the US will remain neutral in the wake of an avalanche of alleged government corruption swirling in the public space. The often-outspoken US envoy used a speech to the Rotary Club of...

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