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Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is yet to acknowledge Venezuela’s letter seeking US$250 million in compensation for that country’s 49 per cent stake in Petrojam, which was taken back by the Government under the Compulsory Acquisition (Shares in Petrojam Limited) Act of...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Andrew Holness administration has pulled the plug on Operation ANTHEM – the Peter Phillips’ era electronic surveillance memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United States and United Kingdom, signed in 2004 and allowing for the...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Rave reviews for the Government’s handling of the country’s economic programme, locally and internationally, and commendations from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) aside, chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Keith...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Documents, including those that disclose government actions that affect the lives of the population over many years, may be lost to another generation if they are declared of no legal, cultural or administrative value after review by the Archives...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Haunted by ghosts of political interference, allegations of corruption, mismanagement, and the mystery fire in 2011 which razed the record-keeping section of its Half-Way Tree Road head office, officials of the National Solid Waste Management...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A call has been made for the Office of the Political Ombudsman (OPO) to hold orientation classes and refresher courses for individuals preparing to run for political seats to mitigate some of the utterances made on the platform. Orette Fisher,...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Orette Fisher, Jamaica’s former elections boss, now consultant on electoral matters to several countries across the world, said vote buying is a clear and present danger to the electoral process in Jamaica. He described it as a covert and dark...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:26 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Two weeks after the conclusion of its bone-crushing presidential elections, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) attempts at unity appear to be mostly cosmetic, and today’s public session of the 81st annual conference has already hit a sour note. On...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Peter Murcott Bunting’s dream of becoming the People’s National Party (PNP) president and prime minister of Jamaica ended in a nightmare yesterday when his challenge was crushed by incumbent Dr Peter David Phillips by a narrow 76-vote margin....

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

With the September 7 delegates’ list now in the hands of the incumbent and challenger for Saturday’s election for president of the People’s National Party (PNP), all eyes are on the nearly 2,900 delegates who will elect the potential future prime...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The announcement that a mental health curriculum will be introduced in schools this September has taken the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) by surprise. State minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Alando Terrelonge, had...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:35 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Vigilant nurses at the busy Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine recently accosted a man who posed as a doctor for over a week in the accident and emergency (A...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The head of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) is better paid than the president of the University of Technology (UTech), The Sunday Gleaner has learnt. As at June 2019, the CMU head receives an annual salary of $14 million plus benefits,...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that his administration will be moving quickly to rebuild the 46-year-old Papine-based Jamaica National Children’s Home, which was damaged by fire on Friday night. Six units fought the blaze, which...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:16 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Dean-Roy Bernard, the former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI), has come out swinging against the adverse findings of the auditor general (AG) into the operations of the ministry during his tenure. On...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s tried, tested and proven electoral system run by the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will be used to conduct the September 7 race for a new People’s National Party (PNP) president, its General Secretary Julian Robinson told The Sunday...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa had killed thousands and caused severe social and economic disruption in the region a few years ago, two Jamaicans were already staring death in the...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Free tertiary education, one of the linchpin provisions of the People’s National Party (PNP) regime of the 1970s, will make a return under a PNP administration, said its leader, Dr Peter Phillips. The initial step will be the ‘first in the family...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Manchester Central Member of Parliament Peter Bunting, who is challenging for the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP), will take centre stage at today’s official launch of his Rise United campaign at the Manchester High School...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A seven-point anti-crime plan – with heavy emphasis on intelligence, forensics, cybersecurity and anti-corruption, which will bring together the best minds to tackle Jamaica’s most debilitating problem – was on Thursday presented by Police...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Reverend Astor Carlyle, rector of Webster Memorial United Church in St Andrew, began his homily yesterday for the life of deceased lecturer and scholar Samuel Martin by chanting the lyrics of Buju Banton’s iconic single, Murderer. “Murderer, blood...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

According to Peter Bunting, for him personally, it has been a politically painful three years since his party’s 2016 general election defeat. Hence, he was forced to respond to the call from frustrated Comrades desperate for change and...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Canada, Jamaica’s northern ally and trading partner, continues to spend millions of dollars to fund and co-sponsor various initiatives under the justice reform programme, disbursing just over CDN$1 million per year since 2009, through its Justice...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When the eighth Biennial Diaspora Conference opens today, some of the standout figures from previous editions who have spearheaded advocacy will be missing, signalling that the lobby movement is in transition and beckoning new leadership to fill...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:24 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Westmoreland used-car dealer remained in hiding from police last week but a letter from the police to the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) linked him to lottery scamming, murders and gunrunning in the Westmoreland Police Division. Shawn Smith...

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