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Published:Sunday | October 17, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It started out as a Twitter spat between Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Mark Golding over the Government’s COVID-19 vaccination blitz tours islandwide, which were supposed to include the Opposition to show unity and encourage...

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2021 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Karen Cross’ expulsion from the People’s National Party (PNP) last month comes 67 years after Marxist Richard Hart and three others were booted from the political movement in 1954 for their alleged communist views. Also expelled with Hart were...

Published:Saturday | October 9, 2021 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) is entering the week of its 83rd annual conference fresh from a battering in opinion polls, public bickering and its application of the strongest disciplinary measure in recent years with the expulsion of former...

Published:Saturday | October 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A planned multibillion-dollar tourism investment for the prime oceanfront in Little Bay, Westmoreland, is hanging in the balance as a group of investors are being frustrated with efforts to evict hundreds of squatters from the property. The...

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2021 | 12:05 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Kenyan diplomat Dr Monica Juma is hoping to become the consensus candidate for the position of Commonwealth secretary general after heads of government of the 54-country bloc rejected attempts to have the incumbent serve an automatic second four-...

Published:Saturday | October 2, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A number of Jamaicans who have emigrated to Ethiopia decades ago, heralding what they call a return to the motherland continent, are living a nightmare in the East African country, which many Rastafarians still wish to one day call home. The...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A People’s National Party (PNP) councillor with eyes firmly set on succeeding Dr Peter Phillips as the member of parliament for St Andrew East Central when he retires has purchased the Lyndhurst Road property on which individuals aligned to the...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In an apparent response to cries from individuals in remote locations across the island to secure vaccination against the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Health and Wellness is seeking the assistance of private pharmacy owners and other...

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) believe they receive the harshest treatment among public sector workers who commit infractions that lead to disciplinary action resulting in suspension or interdiction. In fact, there are some police...

Published:Sunday | September 12, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It’s a story of hate – across all sectors, continents, and among all populations. Not even those shouting loudest opposing vaccination against the deadly unseen monster like it. It’s the unwelcome visitor that people wish would go away and never...

Published:Sunday | September 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

At the end of 2020, the Ministry of Health had recorded 18 COVID-19 deaths from 612 cases in Manchester. Before the end of January 2021, the central Jamaica parish became a worry for health officials, who said that 43 out of every 100,000 residents...

Published:Sunday | August 29, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s most famous state of emergency (SOE) detainee, retired Speaker of the House of Representatives, Member of Parliament and Cabinet minister, Pearnel Charles Sr, said he would never have spent 283 days in detention at Up Park Camp in 1977...

Published:Sunday | August 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Nearly a decade after talks began, trained pharmacists, with competence and certification to administer vaccines, are still unable to do so because of an unnamed legislative hurdle. The health professionals say they have been lobbying for the...

Published:Sunday | August 22, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Pauline Knight, the esteemed public servant and wife of retired politician and veteran attorney-at-law K.D. Knight, died on Friday night, becoming one of more than 1,300 local victims of the deadly coronavirus.

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Trouble is once again brewing in the People’s National Party (PNP) ahead of its September annual conference, with tensions already at fever pitch in central Jamaica over an expected contest to challenge sitting Region Five chairman, Hopeton McCatty...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite numerous promises made over the years by Jamaican politicians to remove the Commonwealth’s great-grandmother as Head of State, Queen Elizabeth and her heirs still have the final say here. The proposal to break ties with the monarchy has...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:35 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When the Organization of American States (OAS) gave the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 48 hours notice that it would be discussing Cuba among its membership, the community’s ambassadors in Washington, DC, were asked to provide a response before noon...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

HOUSE SPEAKER Marisa Dalrymple Philibert remains in legal hot water as the General Legal Council (GLC) – the regulatory body for the legal profession – continues to probe allegations of professional misconduct made against the prominent attorney...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 12:53 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

With no recorded political ambition, Jesus – who Christians believe to be the Messiah and Saviour of mankind from sure destruction – is being called on by senior members to rescue the People’s National Party (PNP). Last week, the 82-year-old PNP...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When news broke Wednesday that Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, it was another poignant moment for former parliamentarian Sharon Hay-Webster, who recounted her experience in 2004 when she was charged with the responsibility of...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When Guyana – on the 41st anniversary of the murder of its scholar, the enigmatic political activist and lecturer Dr Walter Rodney – announced that it would take steps to clear his name and legacy, including changing the cause of his death from ‘...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has been bludgeoned in an audit by its parent ministry – Local Government and Community Development – which revealed widespread financial reporting breaches of government...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Heavily criticised for years for losing its way politically and divorced from core values on which it was founded, the People’s National Party (PNP) has tapped the expertise of Brown University Professor Anthony Bogues to chair its policy/vision...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Julian Robinson keeps his cool in the most challenging circumstances, but since becoming a father, patience has become a mantra for the third-term member of parliament (MP), who often finds himself in family witness box, being questioned by his...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Mikael Phillips, member of parliament (MP) for Manchester North Western, is father to daughters 18-year-old Isabel, a soon-to-be University of the West Indies (UWI) psychology student, and Gabriela, 16, a fourth-former at Campion College. The third...

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