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Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 7:45 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Fourteen of 18 women fielded by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in Thursday’s general election won their seats, among them seven newcomers. The number brings a new record for female representation in George William Gordon House at any time to 18,...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Two marginal St Catherine constituencies have experienced heavy elector traffic in and out in the last 12 months, with each receiving in excess of 120 newly registered persons up to May 2020, numbers that could influence the outcome of Thursday’s...

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2020 | 12:20 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Hours after learning he had a more than an eight percentage point lead over his People’s National Party (PNP) rival, Robert Nesta Morgan and a small team of campaigners walked the community of Diamond on Thursday to leave no stone – or vote –...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2020 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The decision of co-Campaign Director Peter Bunting to self-quarantine because of contact with a COVID-positive colleague will not derail the campaign of the People’s National Party (PNP) nine days before the September 3 general election. Bunting’s...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2020 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Nearly 100,000 lead pencils will be used in the island’s 7,000 polling stations next Thursday as Jamaicans elect new parliamentary members in a general election over which a deadly COVID-19 pandemic looms large. Director of Elections Glasspole...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 12:52 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

When Venesha Phillips decided to suspend campaigning for the afternoon because of heavy rains three weeks ago, supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) bastion in the battleground constituency of St Andrew Eastern would have none of it. “You...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Venesha Phillips, councillor for the Papine division in St Andrew Eastern, moved into the big league on Tuesday when she secured the People’s National Party (PNP) nomination against incumbent Fayval Williams. Accompanied by about 300 supporters who...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2020 | 12:16 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government’s failure to open the debate on proposed legislative changes to allow for parliamentary and municipal elections to be held simultaneously left the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) stunned at last week’s sitting of the House...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2020 | 12:23 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

A move to suspend non-elective surgeries in public hospitals across the island has not helped much to boost the stock of blood needed to provide life-saving support in critical and emergency cases. The Gleaner has learnt that all public hospitals...

Published:Friday | June 12, 2020 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Former Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) boss Orrette Fisher has cautioned against rushing ahead with the staging of local government and general elections simultaneously despite the prospect of saving almost three-quarter-billion dollars. Fisher...

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2020 | 1:09 PMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

TAXPAYERS COULD see a huge windfall of nearly $750 million if Jamaica holds both the local government and general elections together. The local government vote is due in November this year, while the general election is due next February. However...

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:Thursday | May 28, 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...

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