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Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The parallels between Portia Ashman and the woman she was named after when she was born in 1972, Portia Simpson, continued over the next two decades.Ashman gave birth to her first son in September 1996, and she describes it as the high point of her...

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

We continue to look back at some of the highlights capturing the political career of Portia Simpson Miller, Jamaica's first female prime minister. The clock signalling her final minutes in the nation's Parliament at Gordon House is ticking, ticking...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 12:43 AMErica Virtue

Residents of the Longville Park, Clarendon have several messages they want to send to the Andrew Holness-led administration, among them is the need to provide small businesses with incentives to strive. Speaking out at a forum with co-chairman of...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Audrey Smith-Facey has been around politics for nearly half a century and the People's National Party (PNP) has been her vessel of choice for all that time.She was the first elected councillor for the Payne Land division in St Andrew South West in...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

More than 30 projects sent to parliamentarians at the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) committee of Parliament were yesterday morning approved in a record-setting, half-hour sitting.The sitting is usually an hour long.CDF Chairman Everald...

Published:Monday | June 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) has taken steps to prevent the outbreak of infectious diseases such as klebsiella and serratia which killed several preterm babies, but there are no absolute guarantees that recurrences will not take...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:03 AMErica Virtue

Obviously unimpressed by claims from the leadership of St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) that a $50 fine imposed on students who arrive late is not compulsory and that the money is used for students' welfare, the education ministry has...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Patient care, teaching and research - the pillars on which the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) was established just over half a century ago - should receive a massive boost when an ambitious modernisation plan is completed.The hospital...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Reverend Shirley Chong, conceptualiser of the 'Sons of the Father' national men's movement, has rejected claims that this is an effort to further emasculate Jamaican males who are often accused of not living up to their responsibilities.With...

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

There is some hope for disgruntled early childhood teachers who say that they are now being paid a monthly subsidy that is less than the minimum wage.The teachers are set to benefit from a salary increase under the Government's Housing, Opportunity...

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Members of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee yesterday outlined a litany of constituency needs before representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), who were guests of the committee.The committee...

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

International Monetary Fund (IMF) country representative to Jamaica Constant Lonkeng Ngouana is here to monitor the country's commitment to the fiscal targets and to keep the country in line for a successful conclusion to the current four-year...

Published:Monday | June 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Government will have to shell out more than $2 billion to produce new voter identification cards for the nearly two million people now on Jamaica's voters' list.Director of Elections Orrette Fisher last week confirmed the approximate budget to...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The steady trek of government and opposition parliamentarians to the community of Nain in St Elizabeth in the last two weeks was the clearest indication that something huge is happening in that area.Last Friday, Finance Minister Audley Shaw;...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Finance Minister Audley Shaw has urged persons employed at the recently reopened bauxite plant Alumina Partners to deliver the absolute best work attitude and to commit to maximising individual productivity to ensure success in the partnership...

Published:Friday | June 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has opted not to renew the contracts of three senior managers whose association with the state-run entity ended on Tuesday.Cecil Thoms, communications manager at the problem-plagued company, told The Gleaner...

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Oblivious to the controversy between Food For The Poor and members of parliament over the houses being provided by the agency, Semone Butler just wants to come out of the one room she calls home.She applied to the charity agency, Food For The Poor,...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

One week after 40-year-old Semone Butler carried her 17-year-old daughter on her back to prevent the child from having to walk through a flooded pathway to get to school for an external exam, the teenager blushed when a request was made for her to...

Published:Sunday | May 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Weed lovers seeking to get high at entertainment events through ganja cakes and other edibles will have to find another route, as the Ministry of Justice has banned these products from all festivals and shows.This follows concerns expressed by the...

Published:Monday | May 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Keith Duncan, co-chairman of the Government's Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), told residents of Swallowfield in St Andrew that he was determined to lead the charge for the success of the plan of action that hopefully would rescue...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

They might live in a constituency which has voted People's National Party since 1989 but the politics will not stop the people of Swallowfield from working with the Jamaica Labour Party to improve their community, but they have one demand - "talk to...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) expressing fresh concern about the number of persons living with depression in the Americas, Dr Maureen Irons-Morgan, who heads Mental Health Services and Substance Abuse in the health ministry, is worried...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided US$68 million (J$8.8 billion) in grant funding for the design of the long-announced national identification system (NIDS).The system is expected to be rolled out next year and will outfit every...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The United Pentecostal Church in Jamaica (UPC) has evicted members of a breakaway branch - Faith Apostolic Ministries - formerly Faith Chapel United Pentecostal Church, from the Renfield Avenue, Kingston 20, address they have called home since 1981....

Published:Tuesday | May 9, 2017 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue

Local construction industry professionals have urged the Government to stop accepting "unsolicited proposals" from developers for large projects in Jamaica, saying that it is a recipe for corruption.Retired government town planner and fellow of the...

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