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Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Local health officials are seeing children, some meretoddlers, turning up for emergency medical care at some of the island's hospitals with high levels of marijuana in their bloodstream.The startling disclosure was made last week be Dr Tracy Evans-...

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Rafael Lee is not your ordinary toddler. The 17-month-old is extraordinarily au fait with technology, finding and playing games on his mother's smartphone and dancing to the music accompanying some of the games.Clearly adored by his parents Sherika...

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Acting Police Commissioner Novelette Grant is spending her last two days in the seat of top cop for the island, but, the long-standing veteran cop could shortly create history by becoming the first female to be appointed to the position.Grant is...

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue

A standoff between the Ministry of Health minister and a lobbyist of the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has forced the National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) to defend its research methodology which provided data suggesting increase ganja use...

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

Surrounded by former People's National Party (PNP) presidents and prime ministers P.J. Patterson and Portia Simpson Miller, and in front of an annual conference-size crowd, Peter David Phillips yesterday took the oath of office to the presidency of...

Published:Sunday | March 26, 2017 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue

A 50 per cent jump in the number of children seeking assistance at public medical facilities for ganja-related illnesses in Jamaica since the weed was decriminalised in 2015, is causing worry for local health officials.With 70 per cent of the...

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

I expect a return to the PNP core values - Senator Floyd MorrisDr Phillips coming in at this time is important and interesting. He is somebody who is steeped in the ideology and philosophy of the People's National Party (PNP). And when you look at...

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

With two losses for leadership of the People's National Party (PNP) under his belt, Dr Peter David Phillips today fulfils his lifelong political dream of getting to the top of the 78-year-old party, now in opposition, but there is a warning from...

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

Delegates of the People's National Party (PNP) will stage a special conference on Sunday when thousands are expected to witness the affirmation of party President-designate Dr Peter Phillips.At a press conference yesterday to outline the plans,...

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

The Ministry of Health might have to pay as much as $2 million each month for its use of premises owned by the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists to relocate sections of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH).But the bulk of that money...

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

With one of its founders facing criminal charges and opinions split over its methods, the recently formed advocacy group Tambourine Army is getting a baptism of fire, but its leading members remain defiant.Last week, members of the Tambourine Army...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The management of the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) has shot down claims that they ignored a directive from then security minister, Dwight Nelson, that a machine which could be used to make bullets should have been stored at the Jamaica Defence...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When consultant psychiatrist Dr Wendel Abel opened Ferdie's House - an adult day-care centre for persons with mental-health issues - he envisioned that the concept would one day become a model for the treatment of the mentally ill in Jamaica.Abel's...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Almost one year after Finance Minister Audley Shaw dubbed it a "sweetheart deal", Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has slammed the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) for its handling of the 2014 sale of the downtown Kingston building which once...

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

Dwight Nelson, the former minister of national security under the Bruce Golding administration, is among 10 members of the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) suspended for..

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

Harold Brady - the colourful and once-trusted legal lieutenant of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leaders Bruce Golding and Edward Seaga - is on a fast track to infamy as he has joined the ranks of members of the legal profession barred from practising...

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

The People's National Party's (PNP) Andre Hylton, the former member of parliament for St Andrew Eastern, and councillor for the Papine division, Venesha Phillips, have applauded the University of the West Indies (UWI) for its decision to allow...

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

An untidy committee session of the Upper House yesterday marred what was an otherwise rare sitting of the Senate, where not a single senator opposed the bill to make way for the Caribbean Maritime Institute Act, to now be known as the Caribbean...

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

The Mental Health and Homelessness Task Force established by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has recommended the construction of a new facility to house the hundreds of persons who have been discharged from the Bellevue Hospital but who remain...

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

With domestic disputes contributing to between 35 and 37 per cent of the 151 murders committed in the first 41 days of this year, the Police High Command has vowed that a recent initiative to get Jamaicans to partner to fight this scourge will not...

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Already residents of the squatter community known as Mona Commons in St Andrew are anticipating the redevelopment of the area which they expect to transform their lives."The residents welcome it with open arms. They want the zinc fences to come down...

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

After years of posturing and several threats that squatters would be removed, the majority of persons who captured lands owned by the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Mona Commons, St Andrew, have been given the green light to stay.The...

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller yesterday ended weeks of speculation about her departure date, telling members of the People's National Party's (PNP) National Executive Council (NEC) that her resignation letter would be handed to Governor...

Published:Monday | February 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

With no fixed timetables for by-elections to fill vacant seats in the House of Representatives, outgoing president of the People's National Party (PNP), Portia Simpson Miller, could be moving to the back benches of Parliament, unless she becomes a...

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

A sharp 14 places fall in the country's ranking on the Corruption Perception Index, a new single anti-corruption agency and the ghost of the Trafigura financing scandal will all greet Dr Peter Phillips when he takes on the leadership mantle of the...

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