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Published:Friday | September 25, 2020 | 12:05 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

D.K. Duncan, the former People’s National Party (PNP) member of parliament (MP) and government minister, was a “master field marshal”, according to former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson. Patterson, who was a contemporary of Duncan’s, remembered him...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2020 | 12:14 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Christopher and Andrea Jacobs were eagerly anticipating celebrating son Kristophe’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination results at the family home in Sydenham Gardens, just outside Spanish Town, on Tuesday evening. They...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:15 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Though badly bruised from its pummelling at the polls on September 3, the People’s National Party (PNP) will recover from its worst electoral beating in 40 years, elder statesman P.J. Patterson has said. But the former prime minister and party...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2020 | 12:12 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Legislation banning styrofoam has spurred a boom in plastic food packaging, which inadvertently presents a similar, if not worse, problem regarding a rise in non-biodegradables. Senator Matthew Samuda, who in 2018 piloted the ban on single-use...

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2020 | 12:18 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Anti-colonial campaigner Bert Samuels believes that Jamaica should follow in the footsteps of Barbados in dumping the Queen of England as head of state. Samuels, a reparation lobbyist, said that the retention of the monarchy in Jamaica’s...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:16 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Several opposition senators have disclosed that they have not considered resigning their posts to give a new party president a free hand when Dr Peter Phillips steps down. But it is unclear whether that position will open a new round of conflict in...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:15 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness laid out a list of “nation-building” investment strategies, including a world-class broadband system that he says will create the space needed for Jamaica to return to economic growth. Holness was speaking for the...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:12 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Returning growth and development to rural communities is crucial to the Holness administration’s bid to stem urban drift and brain drain, says State Minister Homer Davis. Davis, the member of parliament-elect for the farming-dependent St James...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2020 | 12:13 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Glum Residents of New Monkland, a community in St Thomas’ hilly interior, have, for years, been forced to use a narrow bypass to travel from one end of the community to the other. That’s because about 20 years ago, the rushing river some 10 feet...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2020 | 12:13 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica remains at Tier 2 on the US State Department’s Human Trafficking Index, the island’s rapporteur on trafficking in persons (TIP), Diahann Gordon Harrison, has said. However, the lack of prosecution remains a serious challenge and concern for...

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2020 | 12:14 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

“Absolute rubbish!” That was the sentiment of People’s National Party (PNP) supporters in Frog City to notions that the St Andrew East Central seat occupied by long-serving Member of Parliament Dr Peter Phillips could swing to the ruling Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2020 | 12:26 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Late Jamaica-born author and social worker Phyllis Coard, the lone woman convicted among the Grenada 17 in the bloody coup that uprooted Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, has been praised as a fearless advocate of women’s rights. The 73-year-old...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2020 | 12:25 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Harry Morrell is not a magician, but no one would argue about a name change if he’s called the Houdini of Jamaican politics after the performance of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in last Thursday’s general election victory, in which they won 48 of...

Published:Monday | September 7, 2020 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

There WERE no reported breaches surrounding voting by people with COVID-19 who emerged from isolation or any of the nearly 30,000 who have been precautionarily quarantined on election day, last Thursday, Director of Elections Glasspole Brown has...

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2020 | 12:13 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Not many diehard People’s National Party (PNP) supporters anticipated the political thrashing meted out to them by the Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in Thursday’s general election. The JLP outmanoeuvred and outpolled the PNP to win...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 7:37 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Even before the election was called, word on the ground was that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) had Westmoreland Central in its cross hairs. That target was hit in devastating fashion, with candidate George Wright, councillor for the Petersfield...

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2020 | 12:22 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Seventy-seven-year-old Admiral Town resident Cherry Creary says she is sticking with the People’s National Party (PNP) despite opinion polls showing the odds stacked against the Opposition as Jamaicans head to the polls today. Revealing that she...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Canvassers are crucial to the back-end operation of counting your eggs on election day. But it is the efficiency of the runners and mobilisation crews that ultimately deliver victory. Heaving ailing grandmothers and stuffing taxis with voters is a...

Published:Monday | August 31, 2020 | 12:19 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) in St Mary South East are upbeat about their candidate’s chances in Thursday’s general election and are pointing to an upset win over the incumbent Dr Norman Dunn of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Dr...

Published:Monday | August 31, 2020 | 12:06 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Health workers in at least four health centres in St Catherine, Clarendon, St Elizabeth and St Ann say they are worried that the spike in COVID-19 cases will overwhelm primary healthcare across the island. Jamaica recorded one death related to...

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2020 | 12:14 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Candidate for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the constituency of St Thomas Western, James Robertson, is seeking a fourth consecutive hold as its member of parliament, and he simply cannot be any more confident. Reeling off a long list of...

Published:Saturday | August 22, 2020 | 12:23 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

St Thomas resident Karen Smith says she walked two miles to the checkpoint at Church Corner, the COVID-19 epicentre in western St Thomas, to give her little sister food for her 67-year-old mother. Smith said the government-imposed quarantine of...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 12:29 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Despite flagging poll numbers showing both the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) and its leader trailing their counterparts, co-Campaign Director Phillip Paulwell has projected that the party will triumph in the September 3 general election...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 12:26 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party (PNP) incumbent candidate for St Andrew South Eastern, Julian Robinson, has rejected claims that he has done little for the constituency as member of parliament (MP). Kari Douglas, the turncoat Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2020 | 12:13 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Inner-city communities such as Jacques Road and Woodford Park in St Andrew South Eastern have been promised that they will return to their former glory under a new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration. Party leader Andrew Holness gave that...

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