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Published:Sunday | May 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The family of Jodian Fearon, the 23-year-old mom who died under controversial circumstances at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) hours after giving birth last weekend, is calling for legislation to ensure that no other Jamaican has...

Published:Sunday | April 26, 2020 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It’s been two years and a month since he assumed the office of minister of finance and the public service in Jamaica, but COVID-19 has put Dr Nigel Clarke in the illustrious company of economic wretchedness among finance ministers of the world....

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Full-blown political panic has hit the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) following last week’s public disclosure of the advanced-cancer diagnosis for its leader Dr Peter Phillips, resulting in its quest to find an acceptable interim leader...

Published:Sunday | April 12, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Four of Jamaica’s political representatives, including two newcomers, have described COVID-19 as an unwelcomed visitor that has forced them to rethink their approach and change their behaviour in carrying out their duties. Gone are the days of warm...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Healthcare professionals at the frontline of the COVID-19 fight in Jamaica have issued a plea to their countrymen and women to treat with seriousness the measures implemented by the Government to stem the spread of the highly contagious virus –...

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

One of the country’s brightest medical minds, Professor Michael Boyne, believes that the crippling fear and death associated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is comparable only to the terror attack of September 11, 2001 in the United...

Published:Sunday | March 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Motorcades and mass meetings, two of the major arteries of Jamaica’s political culture, may forever be altered by COVID-19, the highly contagious respiratory disease that has shut down world economies and caused the deaths of thousands. Two of...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Frontline healthcare workers in the war against the dreaded coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic are expressing paralysing anxiety to deal with the outbreak, as confirmed cases continue to rise in Jamaica. Doctors and nurses stationed at...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:36 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Curious residents in Eight Miles, Bull Bay, St Thomas, peered from behind closed gates on Thursday as health officials went to several houses along the road testing the temperature of residents. In Pondside Lane, two pickup trucks marked Ministry...

Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Natasha and Brandon Chang are suffering immeasurable pain. The two are children of late businessman Roger Chang, who went missing on March 14 and was found dead with multiple stab wounds the following day. Natasha described their father as the...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The land of reggae music festivals, outdoor life and mass gatherings could become a country under COVID-19 medical emergency for the next three to five months, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton believes, which could effectively put...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In what appears to be the clearest signal of a break in diplomatic relations with Venezuela, Jamaica has not only closed its diplomatic mission in Caracas, but has repatriated all assets housed there. The finance ministry, in July last year,...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In a subtle criticism of three CARICOM member states for their action in relation to the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis, Vincentian-born political activist, Ambassador David Comissiong, said that the region should be in one accord with regard...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips and House Speaker Pearnel Charles Sr are both resolute that persons charged with governing the country must ensure that they themselves uphold the law. The senior parliamentarians were responding to a Sunday...

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Imminent local and legislative elections, widely expected in the first half of 2020, have apparently sent hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans to Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) venues to renew national identification cards issued before 2015....

Published:Sunday | January 12, 2020 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica anticipates general election in 2020 the country’s electoral body, the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), is currently preparing its estimates of expenditure for local government polls due this year, and legislative election also...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Faced with electricity bills averaging more than $200 million annually, the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has started a US$3.9-million (J$530 million) energy-efficiency programme in two of its hospitals to stem the bleeding of funds...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Fourteen of 20 academics, lawyers, opinion shapers and other professionals believe the general election bell will ring shortly and Jamaicans will be headed to the polls sometime in the next three months. Three expect poll as early as February, two...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 7:01 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s 18th general election could be held on the voters’ list produced by the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) and published yesterday with the addition of more than 24,000 new voters. The EOJ, in a release, said the names of 71,529 dead...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Attempts by local politicians to cash in on the work of the Red Cross have been rebuffed by representatives of the Jamaican arm of the international humanitarian organisation, which has vowed to keep its work away from their tentacles. The Red...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The government is to implement a pilot project it hopes will cauterise the traffic congestion choking Half-Way Tree – the St Andrew parish capital – which has pedestrians and drivers alike in fear to traverse the area. Robert Montague, the minister...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

For the second consecutive year, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness will face party faithful at an annual conference after losing a Cabinet minister under a cloud of corruption. Holness, who is also the prime minister, lost Ruel Reid...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans should be asked to settle issues mooted for several years via referendum at the next general election, among them the repeal of the buggery law and the future of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), according to legal and political...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Anti-gay rights advocate Dr Wayne West and Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexual and Gays (J-FLAG) executive director Jaevion Nelson have found common ground in discussion around the repeal of the buggery law, both stating unequivocally that it...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Built on loan and grant funding from the Belgian government, the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre, which opened its doors in 2008, is more than just a bus park. It’s a recreation ground of sorts, a meeting place, and trafficked by more than 100,...

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