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Published:Sunday | January 3, 2021 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Twenty-twenty was the year of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but Jamaica was hit by a second virus that took a deadly aim at the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP). A political virus manufactured in a lab at 20 Belmont Road, the...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Unless warring factions of the People’s National Party (PNP) agree on an eleventh-hour compromise candidate, St Andrew South West Member of Parliament Angela Brown Burke could create political history if she emerges as its chairman on Sunday at the...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The curtain finally came down on the United States presidential election on Saturday, when Americans voted to elect a new president. After a seesaw, nail-biting voting count, Joe Biden was declared the winner and president-elect; he will take...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:19 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Nearly 150 officials from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will marshal Saturday’s internal polls to select the sixth president of the People’s National Party (PNP) and the fourth leadership change since 1992. St Andrew South Member of...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Mismanagement was the term used by some to characterise Michael Manley’s handling of the economy during his tenure as prime minister leading up to the 1980 general election. Capital flight had bankrupted Jamaica, which had no foreign exchange...

Published:Monday | November 2, 2020 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party (PNP) presidential contender Lisa Hanna is preferred over Mark Golding as the more viable candidate to beat Prime Minister Andrew Holness, a BlueDot poll has shown, although a general election is five years away. The poll,...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2020 | 12:16 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health and Wellness, through the National Health Fund, will be spending $13 million to secure 800 dosages of the experimental Remdesivir drug used in the management of COVID-19 by next Wednesday, Dr Christopher Tufton has revealed....

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2020 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Two of the country’s well-known medical practitioners – Dr Lenworth Jackson and Professor Owen Morgan – who died within days of each other have been hailed by colleagues as doctors of the highest calibre and decent human beings. Family physician...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Pressure is mounting on Jamaican health authorities to review the regimen for the dispensing of a crucial drug in the arsenal for treating COVID-19, which has killed 139 people here and threatens greater tragedy with positivity levels on the...

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...

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