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Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 12:29 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

THERE IS another political flare-up in the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) as its president, Dr Peter Phillips, has yielded to a demand by a Peter Bunting faction to discuss the party’s future. “There has not been a meeting between you...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A YEAR shy of her 20th anniversary as a member of parliament, Shahine Robinson, 66, has died having lost her battle with lung cancer. She is the second minister in successive governments to die while in office following Roger Clarke in 2014....

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Senator Lambert Brown is questioning whether Jamaica would be removed from the European Union financial blacklist, given the expected more than five per cent contraction in the economy because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jamaica was among...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Senate on Friday paid tribute to the late former chairman of the RJRGLEANER Group, Oliver Clarke.     Clarke died last Saturday after a battle with cancer.     “The tongue of good report has been heard...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

SENATORS YESTERDAY traded barbs as they clashed over the Jamaicans who recently arrived in Falmouth off the Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas. The ship docked at the historic Falmouth Port on Tuesday with 1,044 Jamaicans aboard...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 12:20 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A LEADING trade unionist has reacted with caution to the impending June 1 lifting of the work-from-home orders, declaring that most employees are in no frame of mind to return to the physical workspace environment just yet. Prime Minister Andrew...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Despite the Jamaican Government’s insistence that it has not granted approval for a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) ship with 1,044 Jamaican crew to dock in Falmouth today, there are indications that the administration might allow the returnees...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:06 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A cousin of Oliver Clarke’s remembers a conversation in the late 1960s between Clarke’s father and himself, which was the earliest signal he could recall of the accountant’s showing of his destiny to be one of the country’s powerhouses in business...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans have been advised that they will embark on a new era of rights when the long-awaited Data Protection Bill is passed, Technology Minister Fayval Williams has said. In piloting the bill in the House of Representatives Wednesday, the...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) is set to announce Raymond Pryce as its caretaker for St Catherine East Central, the seat vacated by Dr Winston De La Haye last month under controversial circumstances. General secretary of the PNP, Julian...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

BAR OPERATORS have been given a reprieve as the Holness administration prepares to loosen the strictures which have for two months kept the doors of saloons shuttered. Operators of Jamaica’s 10,000 registered bars will be allowed to accept up to...

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Taxpayers will fork out $64 million to pay for accommodation and food for 330 Jamaicans stranded overseas by the COVID-19 pandemic who will arrive back home this week.
But Gleaner analysis projects that taxpayers would have to cough up another $...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Several committees of the Government’s Economic Recovery Task Force will this week meet for the first time as pressure grows on the Holness administration to reboot an economy stalled by a meltdown in commerce linked to COVID-19 restrictions. The...

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2020 | 12:19 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Senator Damion Crawford yesterday told the Senate that Jamaica might be on a blacklist if Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ pronouncement that most of the population could eventually contract COVID-19 holds true. Crawford, who was making...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The health and wellness ministry has only $300 million left to spend out of the $2.8-billion budget it has received to fight the coronavirus disease and has signalled that it will be going back to the finance ministry for more. “We are now in...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:10 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

DETERMINED TO resuscitate an ailing economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reaffirmed his intention to roll out a long-touted works scheme to boost business confidence and sop up sagging labour. Addressing the House...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

A major squabble has erupted between two Kingston hospitals over whether the death of a 23-year-old delivering mother was caused by a panicked breakdown in COVID-19 patient protocols by a medical team at the Andrews Memorial Hospital. While the...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:22 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Government is prepared to call an all-island state of emergency if the COVID-19 outbreak escalates, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith told the Senate on Friday. In defending the Government’s decision not...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Police are being called on COVID-positive patients by neighbours, fuelling serious concern about heightened discrimination associated with the pandemic. Yesterday, an individual who showed no symptoms of having COVID-19 told Health Minister Dr...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

In making his case for an extension of sweeping security powers, Prime Minister Andrew Holness disclosed to Parliament yesterday that intelligence revealed that criminals had hatched a calculated plan to incite instability to profit from the COVID-...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The country’s ballooning number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has reached 163, with the ministry recording an additional 20 new cases over the last 24 hours. Senior government ministers and technocrats had been locked in a high-level meeting...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:24 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The New Kingston head offices of the Ministry of Health and Wellness have been ordered closed after an employee charged with response to the COVID-19 pandemic has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The identity of the worker, who has been...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:21 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Tough restrictions are now in place for business process outsourcing (BPO) operations over heightened concern that call centres are hubs for community transmission of COVID-19 even as it has been revealed that another firm has shuttered because an...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

The Holness administration has been urged to resist the planned re-entry of Jamaican deportees from the United States even as the government of Guatemala reports that 75 per cent of its returnees on a recent American flight tested positive for the...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:23 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Equipment belonging to telecommunications provider Xtrinet will remain in police custody as the Court of Appeal has questioned whether the company has a bona fide licence to use specified areas of spectrum to operate its business. The appeal court...

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