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Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

When a heavily hued Jamaican woman with 'Chiney bump' (hair twisted and rolled into knots) was featured as a television presenter, there was collective shock and surprise, but there was also celebration for the promotion of women who looked like the...

Published:Monday | October 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Scores of Jamaicans with a desire to volunteer in the communities most in need of their services are not doing so because of fear of crime.This was underscored last week by four persons who have spent countless numbers of hours volunteering across...

Published:Thursday | October 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

With just about 10 weeks to go before Christmas, a flurry of activities has come before Parliament's Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee as members of parliament (MPs) sent 49 projects for approval before the holidays.At Tuesday's sitting...

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Sophia Deer, an assistant to former Energy, Science and Technology Minister Andrew Wheatley, and a director on the board of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol), was a signatory for cheques to contractors for work done on behalf of the agency....

Published:Wednesday | September 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Several more communities in Jamaica could have been declared zones of special operations (ZOSO) and others corralled under states of public emergency (SOPEs) if the security forces had more resources, including boots on the ground, the Internal and...

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

People's National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips promised that a future PNP government would established a ministry of social transformation and community development, which will depend heavily on social workers to reverse many of the...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Former People's National Party (PNP) president Portia Simpson Miller yesterday greeted Comrades at the 80th anniversary conference, calling the party an organisation that has provided outstanding leadership for the country after eight decades."Our...

Published:Monday | September 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

People's National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips yesterday promised that a future government formed by his party would oversee a social revolution for the education sector, to reverse the economic inequity ravaging the society that has...

Published:Saturday | September 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

As Jamaicans celebrate the success of students who have aced subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) is also celebrating its good fortune. However, the association noted that...

Published:Thursday | September 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

As Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) continues its probe of the operations of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Energy, technocrats struggled to provide details about the $60-million verbal contract issued...

Published:Monday | September 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite years of talk by successive governments, the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), civil society groups, and individuals that civics - studies about the rights and duties of the citizenry - should be returned to the classroom, its return has...

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

"Verbal corruption" allowed the state-owned National Energy Solution Limited (NESol) to hire a private firm, Peak Energy Solutions Limited, and pay it millions of dollars for service rendered without a contract in place. That was the charge of Fitz...

Published:Thursday | September 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The long-running police used-car saga involving the Government and O'Brien's International Car Rental and Sales has taken a new twist.Yesterday, Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) was told that the 66 cars that...

Published:Wednesday | September 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson is convinced that the often-repeated call for a merger between the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) should be put to rest and never resurrected.Anderson told a...

Published:Friday | August 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The estrangement between the Registrar General's Department (RGD) and sections of the clergy over costs related to carrying out their duties as marriage officers began to thaw yesterday after a meeting between both parties.President of the Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | July 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

When Member of Parliament (MP) for St Andrew West Rural Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn asked the House of Representatives to make it easier for women to have safe and secure abortions, it was not to allow for frivolous decisions about life and death.Instead...

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Debate on the Child Diversion Bill 2018, which seeks to implement measures to deal with wayward children who come into conflict with the law, opened in the Senate last Friday.Education and Information Minister Ruel Reid, in opening remarks,...

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Drugs, critical to the treatment of long-term conditions such as hyperthyroidism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disease are among more than 50 that are in short supply in private pharmacies, sending patients into long queues at Drug Serv facilities.The...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Everald Warmington, who chairs the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee of Parliament, told yesterday's sitting that he refused to sign the committee's final report acknowledging press coverage of proceedings.Yesterday, before members...

Published:Monday | May 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The dispute over an 867-acres property in Little Bay, Westmoreland, is again heating up, with fears that it could become violent.Lawyers representing the owners of the property are again trying to evict persons who have been living there for years....

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Caios Levy, a Jamaican who lives in Canada, is convinced that positive things are happening in Jamaica, despite the high crime rate and the widening economic gap between rich and poor.On one of his frequent trips to the island, Levy dropped in on a...

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Everald Warmington, the state minister with responsibility for works in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and who chairs the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee of Parliament, yesterday unleashed a tirade against the RJRGLEANER...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Bank of Jamaica Governor Brian Wynter has his eyes on the movement of oil prices on the world market as a result of geopolitical factors. Oil prices have risen 17.7 per cent since January, and the upward trajectory is already causing worry about...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Vivienne Green Evans could not contain the itch of having her own business - and one involving roast breadfruit - given the demand for a piece of her mother's supply when she took it from Jamaica to the United States.Her mother would cut, carve and...

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Junior doctors at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) have indicated that they will pursue a class-action suit against the Government regarding the unhealthy environment at the western Jamaica hospital.The incensed doctors informed the Jamaica...

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