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Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has targeted the 22-member mid-island municipality of Clarendon it its quest to wrest control of a majority of parish councils from the opposition People's National Party (PNP).Success in this quest would see...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will today stage four delegate conferences ahead of next weekend's annual general conference, which will be hosted as a one-day public session at the National Arena in Kingston.The 73rd annual conference is...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Local government minister and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) deputy leader, Desmond McKenzie, expects the results of the November 28 local government elections to go the way of the general election - with the party winning the majority of the 228...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue

When Brian Reginald Austin George’s trailblazing life came to an end on October 23, it took away the magical love of a husband, broke the bond of marriage between him and his beautiful and devoted wife Keneea Linton-George, and the strong...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

In a stunning twist to the recent tragic deaths of newborns at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH), The Sunday Gleaner has received a copy of a report requested of and submitted by VJH officials, which showed that 26 babies had in fact died at the...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The four babies the Ministry of Health acknowledged to have died recently at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH), after being infected during an outbreak of Group B Streptococcus (GBS), were delivered on the night shift at the facility.After The...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Dr Fenton Ferguson - who had a tumultuous tenure as health minister under the previous administration - is now contending that current government officials who nailed him to the political cross while they were in opposition are now suffering...

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The first major task of People's National Party (PNP) general secretary-designate Julian Robinson is to get the party ready for local government elections, which is widely expected by the end of the year.Immediately after that, Robinson intends to...

Published:Friday | October 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Five critical areas of Jamaica's public hospitals have been earmarked for special policing to minimise the risk of dangerous infection-causing organisms running unfettered. This comes in the wake of the deaths of newborn babies at the Victoria...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Government's free health-care system is to become even more burdensome to taxpayers, as it will cost more than $100 million annually for the routine screening programme being contemplated for pregnant women whose babies are delivered at Jamaica'...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Julian Robinson, the long-serving deputy general secretary of the People's National Party (PNP) who was last week named general secretary-designate, has blamed many one-term members of parliament (MPs) for their defeats in 2016.According to Robinson...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Julian Robinson will not be the colourful and provocative general secretary Donald Buchanan was. Nor is he a hotshot business magnate like Peter Bunting; the chameleon-like Colin Campbell or the stubbornly democratic Paul Burke - four of the People'...

Published:Sunday | October 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

For the second time in less than a year, the public health sector has been hit with the sudden deaths of newborn babies.This time it is the island's leading maternity hospital, the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) in Kingston, where the official...

Published:Tuesday | September 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

For the first time since the People's National Party's (PNP) contentious 2016 candidate selection and general election loss, the party's chairman, Robert Pickersgill, has disclosed that he was opposed to the removal of first-time Members of...

Published:Monday | September 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Julian Robinson, the People's National Party (PNP) deputy general secretary who has served in that position for the last 13 years, was yesterday named the general secretary-designate as the party concluded its first National Executive Council (NEC)...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2016 | 2:33 PMErica Virtue

For the 25th time Robert "Bobby" Pickersgill has been elected chairman of the People's National Party (PNP). Pickersgill was re-elected at the first meeting of the National Executive Council  (NEC) since the PNP annual conference. The...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2016 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue

Robert 'Bobby' Pickersgill, who has chaired the People's National Party (PNP) for nearly a quarter of a century, will be seeking re-election today for the position which he describes as the crowning achievement of his political career.His intention...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Parents raising children with microcephaly - an abnormal growth of the brain and stunting of the growth of the head of the foetus, arising from infection in the first months of pregnancy - are making heavy sacrifices for these children who require...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The People's National Party's (PNP) National Executive Council (NEC) meets for the first time today in a new political year with continuing uncertainty about the party's future, but its chairman, Robert Pickersgill, has dismissed suggestions that it...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

People's National Party (PNP) delegates locked out Lisa Hanna from the leadership table as yesterday, she failed in her bid to become one of the party's four vice-presidents.The slap-down reverberated across the length and breadth of the National...

Published:Thursday | September 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Electoral Office of Jamaica, along with an internal team of People's National Party (PNP) officials, will oversee the internal elections this Saturday to be held at the National Arena to elect the party president and four vice-presidents.In...

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Days ahead of this Saturday's internal elections to choose four vice-presidents and, possibly, to return Portia Simpson Miller as People's National Party (PNP) president, Comrades are preaching unity, begging individuals to put aside personal...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Lisa Hanna has vowed to keep her energy focused on Saturday's election of four vice-presidents from a slate of five candidates, while avoiding the internal wrangling now rocking the People's National Party (PNP)The former PNP regional chair last...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

With more and more senior members of the People's National Party (PNP) seemingly lining up behind Portia Simpson Miller in her bid to stave off a challenge from Dr Karl Blythe for the party's top job, Noel Arscott has added his name to the list of...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The long-running attempt by the Government to capture shares held by the Coconut Industry Board (CIB) in Seprod has come to an end.The Andrew Holness-led administration has backed off the scheme which was initiated by the previous administration to...

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