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Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 4:53 PM

While Portland East constituents are still mourning their slain Member of Parliament Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, supporters say they are anxious for Opposition Senator Damion Crawford to fill the void.

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:24 AM

A temporary injunction has been granted by the Supreme Court preventing the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) from forcibly removing vendors at the Constant Spring Market. The injunction was filed yesterday by attorney-at-law...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:23 AMGareth Davis Sr/Gleaner Writer

Port Antonio, Portland: While the People’s National Party (PNP) has not officially settled on a standard-bearer for Eastern Portland, the options could eventually narrow down to PNP Vice-President Damion Crawford and former Member of Parliament (MP...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:23 AMSyranno Baines/Gleaner Writer

The Government should move post-haste to levy a tax of at least 20 per cent on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) as a disincentive to consumption and pump the revenues into programmes focused on health promotion and obesity prevention, professor of...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:21 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The Mona Law Society at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, has come under fire from at least one senior member of the law fraternity for the posting of photographs of some female law students in skimpy clothing on its Instagram social...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has said that Jamaica’s bilateral and development partners have told the Andrew Holness administration that they “understand” that the decision to forcibly retake Venezuela’s stake in Petrojam does not...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:19 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

Western Bureau: Western Jamaica lost one of its iconic residents yesterday with the passing of legendary businessman, politician, and philanthropist Owen ‘Hurry Hurry’ Sinclair. “This is a tremendous loss to the parish and Jamaica overall,” said...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Slain MP to be buried today Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, the late member of parliament (MP) for Eastern Portland, will be laid to rest today. The funeral service will take place at the Open Bible Church in Folly, Portland, starting at 11 a.m. He will be...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:18 AM

Tributes flowed for renowned award-winning Jamaican playwright and co-franchise holder of Miss Jamaica World Aston Cooke following news of his passing. Cooke, who had reportedly been unwell for some time, was found dead at his St Andrew home...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:17 AMNickoy Wilson/Gleaner Writer

Despite being only 17 years old, Paul Bogle High School student Tigya Mills has already learnt money-management skills that those years her senior are yet to master. “Normally coming to school, I would come, like, five days a week, sometimes three...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:15 AMBryan Miller/Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau: Dr Alfred Dawes, senior medical officer at the Savanna-la-Mar Hospital in Westmoreland, says the parish of Hanover is having a growing obesity problem, especially among the male population. Speaking at Thursday night’s Hanover leg...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:46 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Newly installed Energy Minister Fayval Williams has defended the Jamaican Government’s decision to explore the possibility of shutting down Petrojam’s refinery portfolio and operating as an import terminal if the ageing state-owned entity fail to...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:44 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Inexpensive fares offered by low-cost carriers are the key reason for the steady increase in tourist arrivals into Sangster International, the airport operator has said. Speaking at a meeting of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:41 AM

Attorney-at-law Bert Samuels, who is representing at least 70 vendors at the Constant Spring Market, has once against filed an injunction to bar the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) from demolishing the facility. The injunction...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:39 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

Administrators at the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica have agitated for the Government to hike its subvention by 136 per cent to almost $5 billion to cover the salaries of faculty. UTech is now awaiting the results of a staff-verification...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:39 AMAdrian Frater/News Editor

WESTERN BUREAU: Growing scrutiny on crime data and an embarrassing rat infestation exposé at the old Area One headquarters in Montego Bay have caused rank-and-file police in western Jamaica to come under pressure from their...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:23 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Businesses along Hagley Park Road that have haemorrhaged billions of dollars in losses from the Government’s months-long roadwork project should be offered tax write-offs as compensation for a precipitous fall in revenue. That’s the word from...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:06 AMAlbert Ferguson/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Ganja investor Balram Vaswani is positioning a multimillion-dollar ganja enterprise in the resort town of Falmouth to tap into tourism interest in Jamaica’s embryonic medicinal marijuana market. Kaya Herb House, a $33-million...

Published:Friday | February 22, 2019 | 12:05 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

For months, sections of west Kingston and south St Andrew were under lockdown by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), armed with powerful rifles as they set about driving out criminals who have terrorised residents for years. But last Saturday, the...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 9:51 AMNickoy Wilson and Romario Scott/Gleaner Writers

The Jamaican Government has come under scathing criticism from student and staff lobbyists of the University of Technology (UTech) who have condemned being treated as poorer cousins to the neighbouring University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona....

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) last night received the RG Platinum Award for its sterling service to nation building through the Jamaica National Service Corps, a state-led initiative aimed at transforming at-risk youth into model citizens and...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Painting a picture of cruel victimisation, former Petrojam human resource manager Roselee Scott-Heron felt wronged by her sudden dismissal two days before Christmas in 2016, one of her attorneys has revealed. Symone Mayhew, the lead attorney for...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:16 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Carved out of the gritty concrete jungle of Kingston, Ionie Clarke’s big, broad smile is as disarming as her rock-solid confidence. The student leader, a trainee in the Jamaica National Service Corps, said that she has always been driven to make...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:13 AMNickoy Wilson/Staff Reporter

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is projecting a 1.5 to 2.5 per cent growth in real gross domestic product (GDP) for the January to March quarter of the 2018-2019 fiscal year. The positive outlook has been spurred by the performance of the...

Published:Thursday | February 21, 2019 | 12:13 AM

Amid plans by the low-price retail giants Payless to close 2,100 stores in the United States, Caribbean stakeholders have moved to quell fears about the fate of stores in Jamaica and the region. In a release yesterday, North America communications...

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