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Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Only a resignation as an elected representative can remove George Wright from his new seat on the Opposition benches in George William Gordon House, despite how unwelcome his presence may be for members on that side. The Westmoreland Central member...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly upended the tenuous existence of parents and children in sections of the parish of Westmoreland, the Rockhouse Foundation, which was already providing the major meal for almost 150 early childhood and primary...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Howls of denials by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie that no political interference or ministerial overreach was at play at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) were rubbished last week after the contents...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

George Wright, the legislator elected to the Lower House last September on a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ticket as one of its 49 members, remains in that position despite condemnation amid an uproar over a viral video in which a man was seen beating...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A day after Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith named former Senator A.J. Nicholson as the People’s National Party (PNP) official who sent her threatening and harassing emails in 2014 and 2018, Nicholson has called her out, challenging...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:27 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Hundreds of Jamaicans suffering from cancer at various stages were without radiation treatment for more than a month after the machines at St Joseph’s and Cornwall Regional hospitals (CRH) broke down in the last two months. Treatment resumed last...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:33 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

An independent commission to investigate questionable conduct of lawmakers in the Houses of Parliament and make binding recommendations is urgently needed, according to opposition senator Lambert Brown. Such a commission, with powers similar to...

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2021 | 12:20 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

As the La Soufrière volcano continues to shower St Vincent and the Grenadines with uncertainty and discomfort, several Caribbean islands and non-governmental organisations have been rallying to help the eastern Caribbean country through the...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:20 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Public-sector teachers have been spurning requests to record lessons delivered via online video platforms to allow students who may have missed concepts or were unable to log in to virtual classrooms to rewatch or review classes in their own time...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Doctors in private practice, with the support of pharmacists, continue to prescribe the antibacterial, antifungal drug Ivermectin for patients with adverse COVID-19 symptoms despite the Ministry of Health and Wellness not giving the drug its...

Published:Sunday | March 28, 2021 | 12:05 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Moved by the crisis facing local hospitals, a number of overseas-based Jamaicans have been pooling resources to prop up the public health sector with much-needed resources. But as thieves continue to prey on hospital resources, others have washed...

Published:Friday | March 26, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When Nurse Jodeen Gayle began planting vegetables and other cash crops a few years ago, she was sowing seeds she hoped would grow a relationship with her absentee father, a man she first met at 12 years old. While the harvest was bountiful, the...

Published:Sunday | March 14, 2021 | 12:27 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A year after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, as it sent lives and economies into free fall, videos of elderly relatives crying on the shoulders of their children and grandchildren in the Unites States have...

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2021 | 12:21 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Audrey Sewell has served at least 10 ministers in more than 40 years in the public sector. And the woman known for her impeccable ensemble is clear that she is the accountable head of the ministries and agencies under her portfolio, and that the...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Weeks after three former police chiefs rapped parliamentarians for their lethargic approach to enacting new legislation to curb lawlessness across the island, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has likened the quality of drafting instructions being sent...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

More than two centuries after the Moravians landed in Jamaica, a little girl named Lucinda Beverley (now known as Lucinda Grace Peart) was born. By age 12, she had conquered the highest levels of educational assessment in Jamaica for pupils,...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 12:21 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The country’s tertiary institutions are wilting under the heavy weight of debt occasioned by the worsening economic conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, The University of the West Indies (UWI) and Northern Caribbean University (...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 12:19 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

She was determined to ride whatever water source that would sweep her into George William Gordon House as a member of parliament. Her life’s experiences prepared her for a tsunami, but September 3, 2020 turned out to be a high tide, and she landed...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2021 | 12:24 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Three former members of the Police High Command have placed the failure of the Jamaican State to properly police and punish criminals in the last 40 years squarely at the feet of past and current legislators in the Lower and Upper Houses of...

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2021 | 12:23 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

No one could have imagined that so much power is stacked in her small frame, but Amanda Gorman – I mean Ayanna Samuels – is an alluring fusion of trailblazing cerebral explosive and black consciousness. You are at your own risk if you underrate the...

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2021 | 12:28 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Dangerous thorns spring aplenty in the gritty inner-city community of Rose Gardens, nested inside the crime-infested community of Southside in the capital city, sitting within the larger infestations in Kingston known as Spoilers. Robert Calvert...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2021 | 8:57 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Financial and psychological stress resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on hundreds of students in tertiary institutions with an estimated 600 affected students at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, still awaiting the...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:16 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Marcia Salmon* took Spoiler* into the home she shares with her two children in her community in a rural area shortly after they crossed paths. She had met him in a neighbouring parish, when she accompanied a friend to visit relatives. Two weeks...

Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite news that the mid-island parish of Manchester has experienced a surge in COVID-19 cases in the last three months, many residents of the parish believe reports of the spread and ill-effects of the illness have been exaggerated and have been...

Published:Sunday | December 20, 2020 | 12:25 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The reintegration of more than 100 doctors who were laid off from the health sector has not eased the punishing shifts being worked by junior practitioners, many of whom are now unable to take vacation leave as a result of mandatory quarantine...

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