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Stories by Erica Virtue

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

American hotelier Richard Gregor has one major wish for next year, more Jamaican tertiary students for seasonal employment in his three hotels.Speaking with The Sunday Gleaner from Lake George in New York recently, Gregor had nothing but praise for...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Youth leaders and business operators who participated in the latest Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) are urging Jamaicans to make more effort to learn Spanish, which is increasingly becoming a major communication language in sections...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Moravians, Methodists, Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists have all been bitten by the scourge of squatting, with persons, sometimes with the assistance of politicians, taking over church lands.The Sunday Gleaner last week confirmed that some...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Seventh-day Adventist and the newer religious denominations in Jamaica have seemingly escaped the scourge of squatting, which has thousands of acres owned by the established churches occupied by squatters.The Reverend Garnett Roper, who for...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Residents of Brown's Land, better known as 'Portmore Lane' in south- eastern St Catherine, have welcomed moves by the Andrew Holness administration to regularise their squatter community.Having occupied the lands for decades, the residents expressed...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Residents of Cassia Park in east central St Andrew have asked co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Keith Duncan, to take a message to the Government. They are demanding details of the deals with the Chinese who are...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As the Jamaican market continues to be flooded by foreign goods, participants in the latest Gleaner On the Corner with the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) forum made a strong call for more protection for local products.The residents of...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A medical technology platform developed to, among other things, prevent prescription fraud, has received endorsement from doctors, medical consultants, and pharmacists, but its creator, Dr Leslie Samuels, is awaiting the green light from the...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Squatters have taken up residence in an abandoned property metres from the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston, with their bedrooms overlooking the parking lot of the court.The property, which is privately owned, is currently being occupied...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Several Jamaicans are forging doctors' signatures to secure strong pain-relieving drugs such as morphine and pethidine, raising fear among pharmacists that the country could be facing a growing abuse of prescription narcotics.At a meeting last...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has gone to the Attorney General's Chambers for advice on how to handle disputes involving individuals and health institutions about demands for medical records.According to Tufton, he decided to seek the legal...

Published:Sunday | September 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Twenty-nine years after business leaders brainstormed for ideas to stem the tide of violent crimes, especially homicides, and created Crime Stop as a reward programme for safe and anonymous information, there is a satisfaction that no caller to the...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) has listed dialogue between rival gang members, community leaders, the police, and representatives of social agencies as a major springboard for peace in the historic community of August Town, St...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Her memories run a gamut of childhood excitement, growing pains, maturity, migration, and deep personal loss.She identifies herself only as Greta, one of five siblings who grew up at 70 Bond Street, the Denham Town, west Kingston property which was...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A combination of smart, high-school dropouts and barely literate unemployed and youths provide a dangerous cocktail for much of the violence which has ravaged the historic St Andrew community of August Town, which is a stone's throw from the...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Despite a reduction in political violence in Jamaica since it was established, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding still believes there is a need for the Office of the Political Ombudsman.Golding, one of the first signatories to the creation of a...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As government, schools and the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) bemoan the movement of science and mathematics teachers to greener pastures overseas, Dr Garth Anderson, president of the JTA, has pointed to another area of teacher shortage.At a...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Delegates of the People's National Party (PNP) signalled a seismic shift in its operation yesterday as they gave the most votes to the two youngest of the candidates for the four vice-president posts.When the result of the vice-presidential election...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Poor governance, lack of accountability and transparency in the public sector have been cited among the leading reasons for increasing voter apathy towards the Jamaican political process, making it unattractive not only to millennials but to...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The People's National Party (PNP) is trying to put the lid on a boiling cauldron in its organisation in central Kingston following reports of a possible challenge to sitting Member of Parliament Ronald Thwaites for the chairmanship of the...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is planning to capture at least 50,000 businesses in its islandwide Jamaica Survey of Establishments (JSE) now under way.The JSE, the first of its kind in independent Jamaica, will see the data...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The human rights organisation Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is urging state-operated hospitals to honour the right of families for independent pathologists to observe post mortem of loved ones.Executive director of JFJ Rodje Malcolm said that the...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

After 45 years as a marriage officer, Suffragan Bishop of Kingston the Right Reverend Robert Thompson's run came to an abrupt end recently when the Registrar General's Department (RGD) seized his marriage register and stripped him of the right to...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Seven years after it was dubbed 'A bight without a boat', the Clarendon-based Caribbean Coastal Management (C-CAM) Foundation now has more than one boat, and it is confident that it is now positioned to deal with present and future challenges.The...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Approximately 3,000 delegates should be on the voters' list when the People's National Party (PNP) elects its four vice-presidents come September 15.Six persons, incumbents Dr Angela Brown Burke, Dr Fenton Ferguson and Dr Wykeham McNeill; and new-...

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