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Stories by Erica Virtue

Published:Friday | November 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Three attractions indigenous to Jamaica's tourism product are to receive greater exposure from visitors who will gather in Montego Bay, St James, for the first-ever World Tourism Conference next week.The three-day 'Global Conference on Jobs and...

Published:Thursday | November 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The People's National Party (PNP) Integrity Commission is expected, within a few weeks, to respond to general secretary Julian Robinson on the way forward following Tuesday's tabling of the contractor general's special report on allegations of...

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has sent a copy of his special report on allegations of impropriety in the office of Member of Parliament (MP) Lisa Hanna, and the St Ann Municipal Corporation, to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The privately operated Andrews Memorial Hospital has been targeted to become a centre of excellence offering first-world neurosurgeries, and the doctors driving that push are staking their reputations on its success.The duo of business partners,...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The medical profession, the first official point of contact for many victims of intimate-partner violence, is being urged to become more active in providing information that could save lives or prevent harm to the mainly women who are killed by...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Jamaica's 2011 Rhodes Scholar, Dr David Walcott, is moving to make the island the best in neurosurgery in this region.Walcott, who has done advanced studies in immunology, a branch of biology that studies the immune system in organisms, says there...

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

After two marathon sittings last Friday, and again on Monday, the Senate sat for only 64 minutes yesterday, adjourning after it voted to amend the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Act to extend the contract of Governor Bryan Wynter until 2019.It was all smiles...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Public-sector workers will become the guinea pigs of the National Identification System (NIDS) rollout as they have been selected for the pilot programme for the collection of biometric data to produce a unique identification number for all...

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Jamaica will have its National Identification System (NIDS) after all. Hot-tempered exchanges and unkind comments by senators marred the afternoon session of yesterday's Senate deliberations on the NIDS Bill in the Upper House. However the...

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 4:00 AMErica Virtue

Women have been urged to reject cultural practices where they are expected to be hit as a sign of love or for their spouses to prove their manliness by boasting to friends what they have done.The view was one of several presented at a recent Gleaner...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

In life, Colin Fitz-Herbert Bullock was a public servant, civil servant, policymaker, teacher, daddy, second dad, favourite uncle and beloved Cornwall College old boy.In death, he was sent off with the dignity befitting someone who had spent much of...

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Veteran political commentator Dr Paul Ashley said the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will earn the ire of South East St Mary if the very public promises made in the run up to Monday's by-election are not kept.Ashley, in an interview with The...

Published:Tuesday | October 31, 2017 | 12:51 AMErica Virtue

Jubilant Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters brought the main street in Annotto Bay to a standstill, forcing everyone and everything to a halt for several hours, as the party held a celebration meeting at the car park in the town yesterday.The JLP...

Published:Monday | October 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Concerns over long waiting time for the results of Pap smear tests in public health facilities have forced some of Jamaica's most vulnerable women to use private facilities at costs ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.But the National Public Health...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Six months after the Teachers Services Commission (TSC) ruled that she was unfairly dismissed, Sonia Clarke Lee, the former principal of Spring Gardens All-Age in St Catherine, is demanding the more than $20 million in salary she believes she is...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Antoinette Williams, the Kingston mother whose unborn child's life was possibly saved by an intrauterine blood transfusion at Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) in July, has lauded medical personnel at the maternity hospital for the work they did...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Keith Duncan, chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), has urged residents of the North East St Andrew community of Grants Pen to make the best use of their educational opportunities the first time around, and prepare for...

Published:Thursday | October 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As the October 30 by-elections near, rising campaign temperature, political gaffes, and platform utterances have forced Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown into action, calling for a meeting with representatives of the two political parties...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Opposition spokesman on National Security Fitz Jackson is questioning the Government's commitment to the zones of special operation (ZOSO), the crime-fighting and social intervention tool applied by the Andrew Holness administration.Jackson told The...

Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

He bears the name of two of Jesus' disciples, and those who know the mild-mannered pastor John-Mark Bartlett said he was perfect for the position as head of the Wildman Street Pentecostal Tabernacle (Pentab)."Having seen the victimisation of...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 11:16 PMErica Virtue

Annotto Bay, St Mary:An unruly and impatient crowd forced members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) into action at the nomination centre at St Theresa's Catholic Church in Annotto Bay, St Mary, earlier today.Soldiers and police were forced to...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 4:20 PMErica Virtue

A large crowd of People's National Party (PNP) supporters was on hand to see Dr Shane Alexis nominated as the party's candidate for the by-election in the St Mary South East constituency left unrepresented by the death of Dr...

Published:Saturday | October 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

They came, they saw, and they behaved like senators, including being bored with the business of the Upper House. Except that they were kindergartners, aged two to six years old, from the Truth Tabernacle Early Childhood Education Centre in...

Published:Friday | October 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A Commonwealth Foundation-funded study on the air and water quality for the island of Jamaica has revealed a raft of worrying concerns, including high levels of air pollution, lack of regulations, and even where they are present, lack of...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Members of Parliament (MP) who lost millions of dollars to some implementing agencies for years, yesterday vented their frustration during a meeting of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee of Parliament at not being reimbursed.MPs are...

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