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Stories by Erica Virtue

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...

Published:Monday | December 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Newly minted chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, Mark Golding, at his first sitting on Friday, shut down Everald Warmington for the entire proceedings, telling him that he was in breach of the...

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A "scandalous mess" is how Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) described the failure by a contractor to deliver 200 pre-owned motor vehicles to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), having missed two deadlines...

Published:Wednesday | November 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament yesterday chided the operations of the National Health Fund (NHF) and fumed at its decision to write off $2 billion owed by the Ministry of Health, even while the ministry owed the entity $130...

Published:Monday | November 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Minister of National Security Robert Montague yesterday told Labourites at the National Arena in Kingston that he would shortly bring to Parliament legislation to deny bail to individuals charged with gun crimes, and if convicted, they would not be...

Published:Monday | November 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader and prime minister, Edward Seaga, who had been absent from the party's annual conference for several years, yesterday told thousands of Labourites that he showed up at this year's conference, held at Kingston...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Allen Michael Chastanet, the prime minister of St Lucia, who shares a middle name with Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Prime Minister Andrew Holness, will headline the list of Caribbean politicians to address the public session of the party's 74th...

Published:Saturday | November 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters meet tomorrow for their 74th annual conference, party officials are expecting Labourites to turn out in large numbers to celebrate the recent by-election victory in South East St Mary, which has increased...

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...

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