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Stories by Erica Virtue

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:45 AMErica Virtue

Militant teachers, by a massive margin, yesterday voted to reject the Government’s latest wage offer, and ordered their executive to return to the bargaining table. During a special conference at the Wolmer’s Boys...

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

In reality, it will not be an acting post, but whoever is elected the new member of parliament for St Andrew North West tomorrow will be put on probation by the residents, who are demanding performance.Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party (...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The bad blood between petroleum marketing companies and the dealers has again bubbled to the surface with members of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) alleging that a climate of hostility and malice is marring the relationship and...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

More than a decade after east Kingston businessman Danhai Williams and six others were charged with 87 counts of fraud involving the Operation PRIDE scheme operated by the National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC), there has been no new...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Uncertainty is clouding operations at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) where Director of Elections Orette Fisher is in court fighting a decision by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to send him packing.To compound the matter, Fisher is...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

At least 20 employees of the Jamaica Cultural Development Corporation (JCDC) who were granted an 'unscheduled' incremental increase some four years ago will be allowed to keep the money.However, they will have to work an extra year to qualify for...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

PersonS interested in becoming Jamaica's next commissioner of police have until February 21 to submit their applications to the Police Service Commission (PSC), with the selection expected to be made before the end of next month.The PSC yesterday...

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

Chairman of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) Dr Wykeham McNeill last Wednesday called on the Andrew Holness administration to stop playing politics with the roadwork programme under way islandwide as a result of a rainy...

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

For most of her journalism life, Janice Marjorie Budd held centre stage, telling riveting stories of people's lives.Yesterday, the story of her life was told, and it was one that described a true professional, a sister, a friend, a colleague, a good...

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

For the last four years, every time the clock strikes 12:20 p.m. on January 20, Shackelia Jackson remembers the shout of "Nakiea!" by her aunt who screamed into her cellular phone on that fateful day in 2014.That was when Shackelia received the news...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:47 AMErica Virtue

Hundreds of residents in communities in South Manchester are now seeing a ray of hope after the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) started rehabilitation work in the area. The residents had complained of frequent lengthy breaks in electricity...

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

The proposals surrounding the creation of an office of an Information Commissioner have raised the first red flag in the Data Protection Act now being considered by a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament.The legislation provides for a...

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

When president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica Everton Hannam chose Fly Jamaica Airline to take him to Guyana for his annual end-of-year vacation, he could not guess the ordeal he would face.For more than one week, Hannam was...

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

Public transport operators were clearly the main beneficiaries as the latest traffic ticket amnesty ended yesterday.Packed tax offices across the Corporate Area had mainly taxi and bus drivers who eagerly grabbed the opportunity to get a discount on...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When electricity went off on Christmas Eve, thousands of residents of Resource, Companion, Red Gate, Grove Town, Cocoa Walk, Marlie Hill, and neighbouring communities in south Manchester were left in the dark and almost cut off from the rest of...

Published:Tuesday | December 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Egerton Brown can create anything his mind can conceive, using clay and match sticks and right now he is obsessed with creating airplanes. Replicas of planes from airlines that flew into Jamaica years ago, such as Antillean Airlines, Pan...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

John Catley does his giving all year round, but there is a special feeling at Christmas for the many persons, especially women, whom he has helped to get asylum in the United Kingdom."Twelve or 13 years ago, I was working as company secretary to an...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Officially, Lakisha Langley is only a community health aide attached to the Manchester Health Department and the Cross Keys Health Centre in south Manchester.But in reality, she is an angel to scores of aged and shut-in residents of a number of...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:47 AMErica Virtue

Over recent weeks, local television has been flooded with persons selling themselves as fortune tellers and offering Jamaicans a look into the future through face and palm readings, birthdates and playing cards, as well as various other means. Many...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Government has again signalled its intention to review the country's residential density zoning standards, but the Andrew Holness-led administration has still not given any timeline for this to be done.Almost eight months after he told...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Theologian the Reverend Dr Garnett Roper is adamant that the many fortune tellers now operating in Jamaica is a reinforcement of Jamaicans' belief in things that are fake, and the lack of self-worth by many persons in the island.According to Roper,...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Sonia Clarke Lee - the former principal of Spring Gardens All-Age in St Catherine, who was illegally dismissed by the school board - is now expecting a merry Christmas as it appears the Ministry of Education will pay her the more than $20 million...

Published:Saturday | December 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When a mother at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) was observed with her newborn on her bed, instead of in a bassinet beside the bed, the institution chose itself as the beneficiary for Christmas goodies from CIBC employees.And yesterday,...

Published:Thursday | December 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has withdrawn the $700 million it had set aside for the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EoJ) pilot reverification programme from the First Supplementary Estimates tabled on Tuesday, and the reasons for the removal did not...

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

She braved morning sickness in her final year at Norman Manley Law School, while being a full-time newspaper editor. Now the new mother of a baby boy was yesterday called to the Bar, at 11:45 a.m., in the Chief Justice Court."It really has been a...

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