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Stories by Kimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:13 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Shanique Armstrong, the 27-year-old woman who accused healthcare workers of callous ambivalence as she reportedly delivered her baby unassisted at Spanish Town Hospital in May last year, has died without getting closure on that tragedy. The young...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:14 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

When storm-like conditions years ago threatened to capsize the vessel a young Antonette Wemyss Gorman was commanding, a verbal lashing from the feisty captain caused panicky crew members to regroup and steady the ship. The crew had left the...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:13 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Dismissing sporadic calls for the disbandment of the army, Rear Admiral Antonette Wemyss Gorman has described the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) as the backbone of the State and the axis of major disaster-response operations, including the coronavirus...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:06 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The history-making incoming leader of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has backed the use of states of emergency (SOEs) as a crime-fighting tool but acknowledges concerns about the increased deployment of the military in civilian security operations...

Published:Wednesday | January 19, 2022 | 12:11 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A departure from the bauxite production levy on Noranda Jamaica Bauxite Partners II in 2018 in favour of a profit-share agreement may have cost the Government US$81 million in earnings, but Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has cautioned against “...

Published:Monday | January 17, 2022 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Denying that Jamaica’s porous borders have created a safe haven for international criminals and suspects, Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said on Sunday that an intelligence-driven operation led to the apprehension of former...

Published:Saturday | January 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s already frightening murder figures of more than 1,400 last year could have skyrocketed closer to 2,000 had it not been for the efforts of the police in intercepting nearly 400 attempts at committing homicides, head of the Jamaica...

Published:Friday | January 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

In the wake of public condemnation of its oversight breaches and the interdiction of senior officials, Mayor Delroy Williams has proposed an overhaul of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation’s (KSAMC) Planning Department into two units...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:13 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

When Godfrey Perkins last spoke with his son Garth in December, he told him that he was quietly enjoying the Christmas season. Perkins said he was satisfied, as any parent would be, that his son was fine. But late Monday, the peace that had...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:06 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A decision by the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) not to renew the contract of Jamaica Association of Public Dental Surgeons (JAPDEN) president Dr Vanessa Kiffin is courting labour unrest, the Union Of Clerical, Administrative...

Published:Tuesday | January 11, 2022 | 12:09 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ assembly of key members of the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) election machinery under his wing has caught the eye of political commentator Lloyd B. Smith, who said the administration is fine-tuning its organisation for...

Published:Monday | January 10, 2022 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ) has rejected as misguided Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ strategy to halt runaway coronavirus infections, insisting that the proposed ramping up of vaccination could not stave off the current avalanche of...

Published:Friday | January 7, 2022 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Dozens of hospital staff islandwide are in isolation following a surge in COVID-19 infections amid a global eruption of the Omicron variant, limiting outpatient care and halting surgical operations at some facilities. For the first time since...

Published:Thursday | January 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

There are concerns in the medical field about the accuracy of COVID-19 tests being conducted by private facilities as well as suggestions that false negatives are being arrived at because of poor technique. The issue came to the fore on Wednesday...

Published:Tuesday | January 4, 2022 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

There were no last-minute attempts by Haitian authorities to secure the extradition of Mario Antonio Palacios, one of the key suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, from Jamaica to the French-speaking country on Monday....

Published:Monday | January 3, 2022 | 12:07 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government may have to revert to its work-from-home (WFH) mandate, which ended last week for the public sector, amid heightened uncertainty around the highly contagious Omicron variant of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19, but stakeholders...

Published:Friday | December 31, 2021 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government is facing a conundrum with the planned resumption of face-to-face classes on January 3 and a steady increase in COVID-19 cases as the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues its rampage globally, but Health and Wellness...

Published:Monday | December 27, 2021 | 12:08 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s runaway crime rate has served as impetus for the full transformation of Kingston into a smart city, fuelling high expectations that heavy investments in information and communication technologies (ICTs) will deliver positive results. “...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2021 | 12:15 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The Greg Christie-led Integrity Commission is under increasing pressure to revisit the court matter involving former Hanover Western Member of Parliament Ian Hayles, almost five years after the Supreme Court granted an injunction blocking the...

Published:Wednesday | December 22, 2021 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The economic impact of the pandemic on consumers has become more pronounced with a decline in retail sales for the holiday period, but senior economists have said that there is very little the Government can do to loosen the screws of inflationary...

Published:Tuesday | December 21, 2021 | 12:10 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Seasoned trade unionist Granville Valentine says Monday’s Supreme Court ruling to deny Digicel Jamaica and Cari-Med Limited employees reprieve against the implementation of mandatory COVID vaccine policies pending trial will result in the wanton...

Published:Friday | December 17, 2021 | 7:19 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

A number of students who want to continue attending the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) in Kingston will have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 following a new mandate expected to take effect in February. But already, there is pushback against...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2021 | 12:13 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

CARICOM Secretary General Dr Carla Barnett stopped short of definitively supporting COVID-19 vaccine mandates across the region on Tuesday, opting instead to point out that governments have a right to protect their citizens. There has been strong...

Published:Wednesday | December 15, 2021 | 12:12 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

The CARICOM Secretariat has conceded that there is little advocacy it can muscle to push member states off a European Union (EU) anti-money laundering blacklist but rapped developed countries for constantly shifting international benchmarks....

Published:Tuesday | December 14, 2021 | 12:13 AMKimone Francis/Senior Staff Reporter

Former President of the Senate Floyd Morris says the Government is likely to face “major embarrassment” in the future if Senator Kamina Johnson continues her protest against Opposition Senator Lambert Brown, with whom she has had bad-tempered...

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