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Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 1:54 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says parishes currently under a state of emergency (SOE) will see more relaxed business hours in a few weeks to facilitate increased commercial activity associated with the Christmas season. “The end of November – or...

Published:Saturday | October 12, 2019 | 12:09 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Taxpayers have forked out at least $25.9 million since October last year to carry out repairs on 98 buses operated by the cash-strapped Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) due to vandalism. Of the 98 buses, 18 sustained damage to the windshield,...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:35 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Discarded Education Minister Ruel Reid is alleged to have sent WhatsApp messages to Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Professor Fritz Pinnock instructing him, among other things, to hire his wife, Sharen Reid. Reid’s wife, 49, is...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:07 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The Point Hill Health Centre will be renamed in honour of the late former Minister of Health Dr Kenneth Baugh. Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda, who made the announcement on Wednesday,...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:16 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Executive Director of National Integrity Action (NIA), Professor Trevor Munroe, said that Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Professor Fritz Pinnock should not have returned to duties last week Monday. “The details of the corruption...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Minority leader Councillor Andrew Swaby yesterday sought to ascertain the position of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) on food vendors across the Corporate Area. His questions followed a statement from Town Clerk Robert Hill...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:17 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica has been given the go-ahead to list the first-ever Caribbean green bond on the stock market, which will be used to raise money to fund environment-friendly projects. Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement yesterday while...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican journalist Carol Rose has been made editor for the Florida-based Palm Beach Daily News. The Manchester native was appointed at the newspaper dubbed ‘The Shiny Sheet’ last month after serving in the position temporarily since June. For her...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:14 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said that Jamaica is on track to exceed its projected US$3.6 billion in tourism earnings for the 2019-20 fiscal year by some US$100 million. Bartlett said that the adjustment comes following the latest tourism...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:09 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

An expert witness yesterday testified that two audio recordings of conversations said to be between the female foreman and Livingston Cain, the juror accused of attempting to bribe the jury in the 2014 trial of dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel, were...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:16 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The United States Government has moved a motion for the court to dismiss the suit by four Jamaican fishermen who have accused the US Coast Guard (USCG) of holding them captive in inhumane conditions for over a month. The American Civil Liberties...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) has welcomed the appointment of retired Court of Appeal judge Justice Seymour Panton as chairman of the Integrity Commission. The appointment of Panton became official after the signing of the...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:10 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Several stakeholders focused on holding those in power to account yesterday lashed out after revelations that Government is seeking amendments to the Access to Information Act that would increase the exemption period for public access to Cabinet...

Published:Thursday | September 26, 2019 | 12:08 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The Supreme Court yesterday heard an audio recording, purportedly of an executive member of the parent-teacher association (PTA) of the Kensington Primary School, siding with the then principal in support of the St Catherine-based institution’s no-...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:21 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Ontario Court of Appeal judge Justice Michael Tulloch says that a proactive approach to crime-fighting has been proven to be effective. “An increase into understanding the social determinants of crime has led Canadian criminal justice policymakers…...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law Isat Buchanan yesterday began presenting arguments on behalf of a five-year-old girl who was blocked from entering Kensington Primary School in 2018 because of her dreadlocked hairstyle. Sherine Virgo filed a claim last year...

Published:Tuesday | September 24, 2019 | 12:27 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Dale Virgo, father of a then five-year-old girl who was blocked from entering Kensington Primary School in 2018 because of her dreadlocked hairstyle, has been struck from the claim. The claim, which was filed in 2018, said that the minor’s...

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 12:11 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Yet another Corporate Area-based school has found itself embroiled in controversy, this time for allegedly collecting fingerprints from students. Merl Grove High School is reported to have begun collecting the biometric data from students during...

Published:Friday | September 20, 2019 | 12:30 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

In an effort to boost its efforts in helping the police crack more cases, Crime Stop has created a website dedicated to collecting tips. The website – 311tips.com – allows persons to anonymously submit tips in the form of text, photos, and videos...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:08 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

A response from the Government to a claim scheduled to be heard in the Constitutional Court on Monday has added to the distress to at least one of the parties involved. Sherine Virgo, mother of a then five-year-old girl who was blocked from...

Published:Tuesday | September 17, 2019 | 12:14 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The deaths of members of the local Bar since the start of the year serve as a sad reminder that lawyers are “not immune to the savagery of criminal conduct”, according to prominent attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie. Last Friday evening, attorney-at-...

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:27 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Two more students of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) have been awarded tuition support of varying amounts after participating in the Governor General’s I Believe Initiative Summer of Service (SOS) programme. Twenty-three-year-old Kinasha...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:08 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Former general manager of Melia Braco Village Resort Dimitris Kosvogiannis is considering legal action against the State for malicious prosecution. Kosvogiannis was yesterday freed of charges relating to alleged breaches of the country’s Revenue...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:06 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Dr Taneisha Ingleton, principal of the National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), has rebuffed claims by Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Owen Speid that the education ministry is acting in breach of its Code of Regulation in...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:15 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

The United States government has responded to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of a Jamaican fisherman, describing it as “untimely and without merit”. The ACLU, on July 12, filed a lawsuit challenging the...

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