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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...

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

Businessman Joseph 'Little Joe' Matalon and economist Dr Damien King, the latest inductees into the prestigious Campion College Hall of Fame, share more than just school ties. Both are committed to Jamaica and confident that this little island can...

Published:Monday | January 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Addressing a Gleaner Editors' Forum last week, University of the West Indies principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, said while the label, "intellectual ghetto" hurt badly, it also served as a motivator to the faculty at the Mona campus."It hurt...

Published:Sunday | January 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Staggering homicide figures, continuous blood flow, and elevated crime and criminality have not daunted the more than 20 persons who are seeking to become Jamaica's next police commissioner.Sources close to the Police Services Commission last week...

Published:Sunday | January 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

People's National Party (PNP) president-in-waiting Dr Peter Phillips has downplayed reports that he is becoming anxious to ascend to the throne.PNP insiders have told The Sunday Gleaner that the failure of party president Portia Simpson Miller to...

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Distinguished South African literary icon, apartheid critic, journalist, and broadcaster Peter Henry Abrahams is dead. He was 97 years old.According to police reports, Abrahams, who would have turned 98 in March, was found dead in his remote...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Norman Manley High School towers over the open space where the first phase of a housing development consisting of 200-plus housing units was scheduled to should have started in 2002.That development was delayed and residents of the depressed...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As more sordid allegations related to sexual misconduct in the Moravian Church in Jamaica and Grand Cayman come to light, The Sunday Gleaner has seen allegations from a woman who claims she was abused by two ministers of the church.The woman has...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Moravian Church in Jamaica and Grand Cayman has appointed the Reverend Phyllis Smith-Seymour to act as its president, days after the resignation of the Reverend Dr Paul Gardner and the Reverend Jermaine Gibson, who were president and vice-...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The fallout from the sex scandal rocking the Moravian Church in Jamaica worsened yesterday when two of the most powerful members of the church administration stepped aside.President of the Moravian Church in Jamaica the Reverend Dr Paul Gardner and...

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2017 | 12:03 AMErica Virtue

A full house of some of the region's best legal minds yesterday witnessed the launch of the Jamaica Association of Women Judges at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, with master of ceremonies Justice Hilary Phillips arguing that this was coming at an...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Dr Peter Phillips was convinced that he would some day be part of the leadership of the People's National Party (PNP), and with his coronation expected early this year, a former colleague says the man poised to replace Portia Simpson Miller will...

Published:Sunday | December 25, 2016 | 12:47 AMErica Virtue

As the Yuletide reaches a crescendo this weekend, some of Jamaica's finest doctors have only one wish - to have a Christmas without a medical emergency.For consultant neurosurgeon at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Dr Carl Bruce,...

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

Dr Peter David Phillips, who appears set to be crowned president of the People's National Party (PNP) when Portia Simpson Miller walks away from the post, has scoffed at claims that Comrades are giving him a long-service award.Phillips, who has...

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

Unity Farm - the St Mary property at the centre of controversy after it was purchased from a company owned by former government minister Dr Paul Robertson and his then wife Karlene - is now back on the market.The new board of National Housing Trust...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) could move in for a political kill sometime in the new year, as the People's National Party (PNP) continues to flounder in the wake of another crushing defeat at the polls.Holness, in his victory...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

It was the day after People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller threatened to come back to St Ann after she was heckled by supporters in the Claremont division, which is represented by Lambert Weir in the parish council.The party...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

In less than 36 hours, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will see if its campaign to target the most influential parish councils in the island has paid off, as Jamaicans vote in the traditionally low-turnout local government elections tomorrow.The JLP...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Ministry of Health said although there were 112 neonatal deaths at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) between January and September of this year, it is satisfied that based on investigation, only four of those died from Group B Streptococcal (...

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