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Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

THE NO. 43 Jamaica Omnibus Service (JOS) bus that plied the route from Red Hills Road to downtown Kingston was filled with schoolchildren and civil servants on Tuesday, May 20, 1980. Students heading to Wolmer’s, St Andrew Technical, Kingston...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Barrington Deer was one of the closest associates of the man affectionately called ‘OFC’, reporting to him for 28 of his 32 years at The Gleaner Company. Deer, from the gritty south St Andrew community of Arnett Gardens, said he did not cry when...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has called for his compatriots to throw support behind the Government’s efforts to combat the global pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 worldwide and brought economies to their knees. Sir Patrick...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:25 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) will continue to accept critically ill patients from the Caribbean, but COVID-19 status will now become a prerequisite to action in the wake of exposure of senior medical and nursing personnel to...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:25 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

They fly into bacterial and viral turbulence to provide accurate analysis of disease outbreaks and study the form and behaviour of organisms that lead to pandemics like the highly contagious novel coronavirus that has put the medical world on the...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Thirty health professionals, including surgeons, medical officers and critical-care nurses, have been selected for fitting and testing of specialised masks for front-line personnel treating COVID-19-positive patients scheduled for surgery. It was...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Come next Monday, the South East Regional Health Authority (SEHRA) will have a retired senior police officer as part of its team to complement workers to strengthen the body’s investigative capacity in the wake of the theft of anti-COVID-19...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:29 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is in the throes of facing another by-election in Clarendon, this time to replace Pearnel Charles Sr, who has handed in his letter of resignation as member of parliament, a well-placed Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) source has told The Gleaner...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

If Pakistan High Commissioner to Jamaica Dr Asad Khan has his way, Jamaica could shortly be on the list of countries for the next visit by President Arif Alvi or Prime Minister Imran Khan. Hours after his credentials were accepted by Jamaica’s...

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:24 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government’s decision to halt social intervention efforts in depressed communities to stem crime and violence has been rejected by a majority of Jamaicans, according to an RJRGLEANER-commissioned Don Anderson poll. More than two-thirds of...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Power surges attributed to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) have repeatedly plunged the island’s major public hospital into darkness, crippling equipment, endangering surgeries, and shutting down elevators, officials have revealed....

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:34 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Making a pitch for the establishment of an alternative education system to focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday said the current teaching and learning process was “autocratic” and...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has dumped Dr Dayton Campbell, the outspoken campaign manager for Peter Bunting in his losing bid to unseat Phillips last month, from the shadow cabinet. Campbell, then opposition spokesman on health, was absent...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ) is confident that payment to the Rastafarians who were brutalized by the state in 1963 in Coral Gardens will begin before Christmas. Compensation for the victims was contingent on a Social Enquiry Report done by the...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Court of Appeal yesterday threw out the Government’s attempt to deny former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education Dean-Roy Bernard a chance at judicial review of his reassignment as director general to the Ministry of Finance and...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) has indicated that it is in receipt of a portion of a social enquiry report that it had been eyeing court action to get access to since the publication of a Gleaner story on Monday. The human-rights lobby had contended...

Published:Monday | September 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Two years after Prime Minister Andrew Holness apologised for the State’s role in the 1963 Coral Gardens Massacre and promised compensation to victims and families of the deceased, The Gleaner understands that no money has been disbursed. Holness,...

Published:Saturday | September 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The cookie crumbles today. After weeks of intense campaigning, delegates will today bring the curtains down on the high-stakes leadership race in the People’s National Party (PNP). Just under 3,000 electors are eligible for the exercise, which...

Published:Friday | September 6, 2019 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

It’s all systems go as after weeks of intense campaigning and bitter public spats, People’s National Party (PNP) delegates are set to choose either incumbent Dr Peter Phillips or challenger Peter Bunting as the president of the 81-year-old...

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:25 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will send a 100-member team of presiding officers and polling clerks to conduct Saturday’s People’s National Party (PNP) presidential polls at the National Arena. The EOJ – the country’s electoral directorate...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:40 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

With just a week left before People’s National Party (PNP) delegates select either Dr Peter Phillips or Peter Bunting as party president, political commentator Dr Paul Ashley believes the campaign has raised the party from the dead. Ashley told...

Published:Friday | August 23, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party (PNP) officials and representatives of the two contenders in the September 7 presidential race are surgically combing through the voters’ list. PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson told The Gleaner yesterday that the...

Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Richard Azan has been silent for weeks since it became official that Dr Peter Phillips would be challenged by Peter Bunting for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP). He was silent even before it became official. The clearest...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Days after St Thomas Eastern Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Fenton Ferguson announced that he is supporting the Rise United team of presidential candidate Peter Bunting, Evon Redman said he will not instruct delegates how to vote. The St Elizabeth...

Published:Friday | August 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Well into the throes of its leadership election and under the glare of media, the behaviour of People’s National Party (PNP) supporters has forced the party to revise the existing rules of engagement that govern internal polls. Supporters of the...

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