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Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Canada, Jamaica’s northern ally and trading partner, continues to spend millions of dollars to fund and co-sponsor various initiatives under the justice reform programme, disbursing just over CDN$1 million per year since 2009, through its Justice...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:26 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When the eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference opens today, some of the standout figures from previous editions who have spearheaded advocacy will be missing, signalling that the lobby movement is in transition and beckoning new leadership to fill...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:24 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Westmoreland used-car dealer remained in hiding from police last week but a letter from the police to the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) linked him to lottery scamming, murders and gunrunning in the Westmoreland Police Division. Shawn Smith...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Representatives from at least 10 youth groups across Jamaica working in programmes to mitigate youth and domestic violence as well as human trafficking yesterday held a day-long seminar at the Courtyard by Marriott hotel in Kingston to coalesce...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:16 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

One of a rare group of Labourite women handpicked by the late Edward Philip George Seaga to enter his personal and political inner circle for decades has labelled the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity as “unforgettable”. For several years, Prudence...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Rampant sexual harassment of brand promoters who work in the entertainment industry – the majority of whom are women – has forced at least one company to take a bold step to protect them, and it is seeking industrywide consensus to developing a...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:21 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government is to disband the Audit Commission, an oversight body it created 13 years ago to monitor the performance of public-sector audit committees and make reports to the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service. It is not clear whether...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:23 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Road crashes have forced the Government to spend billions of dollars on treatment annually, but attendant costs such as diagnostic services, hospital occupancy, physiotherapy and emotional trauma are taking a heavy toll on the country’s healthcare...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:30 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The mudslide of irregularities that has cascaded on to Jamaica’s scandal-laced oil refinery, Petrojam, since 2016 was triggered by a series of meddlesome interventions by senior executives, and former general manager Floyd Grindley’s short-...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The gut-wrenching tragedies that have hit families following the vicious deaths of some of the nation’s children have moved Cuban Ambassador Ines Fors Fernandez to urge the country to not only celebrate mothers, but especially children, today which...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:37 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Research commissioned by the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) in March 2019 has concluded that between seven and 30 per cent of the population are believed to be lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT), and a...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:35 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The discarded general manager of Petrojam, Floyd Grindley, is seeking $40 million from the state-owned oil refinery on the grounds of wrongful dismissal and reputational damage, The Sunday Gleaner has learnt. Sources say that Grindley’s letter to...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:33 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Entrepreneur extraordinaire. Gentleman. Sartorial general. Friend. Husband. Daddy. These were some of the adjectives used to describe the late Charles Alexander Moore, who was yesterday remembered by a packed Boulevard Baptist Church congregation...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:34 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Badly stung by two by-election losses in less than a year, which has reduced its numbers in the House of Representatives to 28 seats, the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) says that it is not about to roll over and play dead as it eyes...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:34 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Two senior literature critics have showered praise on author Marlon James who, along with cosmetics doyenne, Britain-born Pat McGrath, is one of two Jamaicans listed by TIME Magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world. The last...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has admitted that it has faced barriers to its efforts to vaccinate Jamaican girls with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that aims to dramatically reduce vulnerability to cervical cancer in adulthood. A January...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:29 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The dengue fever and influenza outbreaks have delivered a blow to the Government’s programme administering the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to grade seven girls across Jamaica, resulting in only 400 students of the entire current national...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A hail of bullets shattered the early afternoon peace in New Kingston yesterday, leaving one man dead and another rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a car in the parking lot near Knutsford Express...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Constituents in Portland Eastern on Thursday overturned Jamaica’s notorious by-election low turnout tradition by registering in excess of 50 per cent votes, but even more abnormal was the surge between mid-morning and the close of polls....

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:24 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

East Portland constituents in the Damion Crawford camp are demanding an economic revival for the mainly farming region, and they want a surge in jobs and road improvement to lead that transformation. “We facing a warm time as farmers,” lamented...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Damion Crawford, the charismatic People’s National Party’s (PNP) candidate in Portland Eastern, said he will not be buying truckloads of fast food to feed his constituents because he respects them too much. Instead, he is selling something – self-...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:25 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Without batting an eyelid, Ann-Marie Vaz, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) candidate for Portland Eastern, shattered the ‘bad boy’ image of her husband, Daryl Vaz, when she revealed that when she first laid eyes on him, he was just another ‘Joe...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Fresh from returning from Nigeria’s parliamentary elections, held on February 23, Jamaica’s former election boss, Orette Fisher, says that the Caribbean nation should move towards a fully digitised voting process by introducing computerised elector...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:24 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The teaching profession is without a sexual harassment policy despite years of reports of inappropriate heterosexual and homosexual contact between students and teachers in Jamaica’s schools, some of which have led to the arrests of adults in the...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:23 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Both the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have crafted a policy on sexual harassment to especially protect women from abuse, exploitation, and career suicide. Non-adherence could land individuals in serious...

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