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Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The governing People's National Party (PNP) last night signalled that it does not plan to surrender to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) despite the current Senate controversy and the scandal surrounding the deaths of 19 babies resulting from bacterial...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

There were frantic calls for a medical doctor at the People's National Party (PNP) mass rally in Annotto Bay, St Mary this evening after a man collapsed in front of the platform. Central St Mary Member of Parliament Morais Guy, who is a medical...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding, Gleaner Writer

Buses loaded with throngs of orange-clad supporters have poured into the seaside town of Annotto Bay, St Mary for the People’s National Party (PNP)  mass rally. For the second week straight Sunday, comrades are out in their numbers as...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 6:20 PMGary Spaulding

MERE DAYS after a middle-aged woman was murdered in Manchester in a suspected domestic dispute gone awry, the life of a man in the same age range has been snuffed out, allegedly, during another family falling-out.Worry that deadly family feuds are...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

After Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's broken promise to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community during the election campaign of four years ago, activists are, this time around, rooting for more than just a parliamentary...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Elise Laurence-Chounoune, deputy resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has expressed cautious optimism that Jamaica's 2030 vision remains a reachable goal.But for possible fallout from natural disasters and...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2015 | 3:37 PMGary Spaulding

Noted Violence anthro-pologist Dr Herbert Gayle has suggested that the deaths of 19 premature babies under public health care could be attributed to class or the economic gulf.Gayle insisted that it is the poor who invariably suffers in crises, even...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Political watchers dismiss party's explanation for Portia's poor showingPolitical watchers, in large measure, appear unimpressed by the People's National Party's (PNP's) claim that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's poor showing in recent...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Although it has always worn the label of being a deeply Christian society, the Islam faith is increasingly finding favour in Jamaica.Notwithstanding its reputation of boasting the highest number of Christian churches per square mile in the world,...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

A growing sense of political apathy among Jamaicans has loomed large in the latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson poll.Johnson has found that a sizeable portion of the populace - just under half - remains unconvinced that it makes much difference...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Shocking, painful and horrendous were some of the words used by United Nations representatives to describe the deaths of 18 babies within a four-month span at two of the island's top public hospitals."Very painful," declared Lone Hvass, United...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2015 | 3:13 PMGary Spaulding

The National Democratic Move-ment (NDM) may be a no-show in the upcoming general election.Chairman of the NDM Peter Townsend told The Gleaner that the party was on a soul-searching mission brought on by a depleted coffer, among other things.Townsend...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

LEADER OF the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness remains ahead of People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller, from whom he is trying to wrest political power, as the person who more Jamaicans believe...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 2:06 PMGary Spaulding

FINANCE AND Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips has suggested that it is more prudent to call the general election sooner than later, even as he emphasised that its the prerogative of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to do so.Phillips conceded...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

At 70, Phyllis Mitchell is attempting to make a comeback into representational politics.While younger political aspirants are attempting to send political veterans, some of whom have long passed the legal retirement age of between 60 and 65, into...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

With high unemployment, a lethal crime wave and a sickly public-health system overshadowing the Government's efforts to rescue the economy, more than half of Jamaicans have given the Portia Simpson Miller administration a failing grade.The latest...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding, Contributor

The illogic of the People's National Party (PNP), tasked to summon its Integrity Commission to action after a series of gruelling selection contests, is mystifying at best.When the commission was set up, the idea was embraced by many, who hungered...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The hesitance, reluctance or downright unwillingness of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to communicate with the populace is being blamed for more than half of Jamaicans polled...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding, Senior Staff Reporter

Political protests which have resurfaced in North Trelawny, Eastern Portland and North East St Elizabeth have been featuring in discussions among Comrades gathered at the Riu Hotel in St Ann for the People's National Party (PNP's) candidates' preparation retreat.

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

"We are not surprised, but we are concerned."That's the word from general secretary of the People's National Party (PNP) Paul Burke in response to poll findings that show Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's favourability rating dipping to...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

General secretary of the People's National Party (PNP) Paul Burke has confirmed that the party is in receipt of a petition signed by more than 2,000 supporters from North East St Elizabeth.PNP President Portia Simpson Miller, to whom the petition...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The first word which comes to the minds of 50 per cent of Jamaicans when they hear the name Portia Simpson Miller is not complimentary to the prime minister.Words such as "useless", "non-performer" and "incompetent" slipped easily from the lips of...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 5:01 PMGary Spaulding

FORMER PRIME Minister Edward Seaga has called on the Office of the Public Defender to intervene in the imbroglio surrounding the removal of the head girl of St Hilda's Diocesan High School, even as the Ministry of Education urged the institution to...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has taken United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron to task for failing to adequately respond to local demands that talks be opened on reparation for slavery.In a no-holds-barred open letter to Cameron,...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding, Contributor

The political culture of garrison constituencies has, for many years, been socialised to hijack and derail genuine democratic processes in the political system.The protagonists of the garrison culture have always been a nightmare for political...

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