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Published:Monday | October 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Former Carmax used-car salesman Ian Lyn Muhammad has expressed shock and sadness that he is still flagged by the International Police (Interpol) as being wanted by Jamaican law-enforcement authorities. Lyn Muhammad said that the designation has its...

Published:Thursday | September 23, 2021 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Embattled former Education Minister Ruel Reid has applied for an extension of special leave from Jamaica College until 2026. He had originally been seconded from the St Andrew high school for national duties in 2016.

Published:Friday | September 10, 2021 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Taxpayers are still financing multimillion-dollar salaries for the scandal-scarred Ruel Reid and Fritz Pinnock, the putative heads of Jamaica College (JC) and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), respectively, who have gone on leave since 2019....

Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

At 86 years old, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry is the oldest elected representative in the Lower House in Jamaica, and it is clear that he has no plans to leave Gordon House any time soon. The many-time Jamaica Labour Party member of parliament for Clarendon...

Published:Thursday | August 19, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) elder statesman and former Cabinet minister Derrick Smith landed softly on a $7.5-million consultancy carpet in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) just as he retired from representational politics to usher in...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Bus and taxi fares are to be increased by 15 per cent across the island come Monday, August 16, the transport ministry announced last evening in the first adjustment to rates in eight years. Transport operators have been clamouring for an increase...

Published:Monday | August 9, 2021 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Audrey Smith Facey was known as the strongest of the three councillors Portia Simpson Miller had in her political arsenal in St Andrew South Western for nearly two decades, and she was widely expected to replace the member of parliament (MP) when...

Published:Saturday | July 24, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Fresh from a political nightmare week the People’s National Party (PNP) wants to forget, the organisation begins a two-day meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC), its second highest decision-making body, with peace and consensus talks...

Published:Thursday | July 8, 2021 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Haiti, the hemisphere’s poorest and most unstable state, is now under a state of emergency following the predawn assassination of President Jovenel Moise and the wounding of his wife, Martine-Marie, on Wednesday. There are now fears that its...

Published:Wednesday | June 30, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Education Minister Fayval Williams unveiled the Government’s national summer school and homework programme, which will seek to rein in learning loss from the pandemic which has shuttered schools worldwide with severe connectivity and equipment...

Published:Wednesday | May 19, 2021 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Two days after former foreign affairs minister A.J. Nicholson called out the country’s current chief diplomat Kamina Johnson Smith for allegedly fabricating harassment claims, emails apparently in support of her allegations against him were made...

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2021 | 12:29 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Six months after he assumed leadership of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Director General Leslie Harrow has quit the relief organisation in apparent displeasure over interference by an overbearing local...

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2021 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has taken flak for closing its investigation into the assault saga involving Westmoreland Central Member of Parliament George Wright. Matondo Mukulu, former acting public defender, has also criticised...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2021 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Twenty-twenty was the year of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but Jamaica was hit by a second virus that took a deadly aim at the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP). A political virus manufactured in a lab at 20 Belmont Road, the...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Unless warring factions of the People’s National Party (PNP) agree on an eleventh-hour compromise candidate, St Andrew South West Member of Parliament Angela Brown Burke could create political history if she emerges as its chairman on Sunday at the...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The curtain finally came down on the United States presidential election on Saturday, when Americans voted to elect a new president. After a seesaw, nail-biting voting count, Joe Biden was declared the winner and president-elect; he will take...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:19 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Nearly 150 officials from the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) will marshal Saturday’s internal polls to select the sixth president of the People’s National Party (PNP) and the fourth leadership change since 1992. St Andrew South Member of...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Mismanagement was the term used by some to characterise Michael Manley’s handling of the economy during his tenure as prime minister leading up to the 1980 general election. Capital flight had bankrupted Jamaica, which had no foreign exchange...

Published:Monday | November 2, 2020 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party (PNP) presidential contender Lisa Hanna is preferred over Mark Golding as the more viable candidate to beat Prime Minister Andrew Holness, a BlueDot poll has shown, although a general election is five years away. The poll,...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2020 | 12:16 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health and Wellness, through the National Health Fund, will be spending $13 million to secure 800 dosages of the experimental Remdesivir drug used in the management of COVID-19 by next Wednesday, Dr Christopher Tufton has revealed....

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2020 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Two of the country’s well-known medical practitioners – Dr Lenworth Jackson and Professor Owen Morgan – who died within days of each other have been hailed by colleagues as doctors of the highest calibre and decent human beings. Family physician...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Pressure is mounting on Jamaican health authorities to review the regimen for the dispensing of a crucial drug in the arsenal for treating COVID-19, which has killed 139 people here and threatens greater tragedy with positivity levels on the...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 7:45 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Fourteen of 18 women fielded by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in Thursday’s general election won their seats, among them seven newcomers. The number brings a new record for female representation in George William Gordon House at any time to 18,...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Two marginal St Catherine constituencies have experienced heavy elector traffic in and out in the last 12 months, with each receiving in excess of 120 newly registered persons up to May 2020, numbers that could influence the outcome of Thursday’s...

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2020 | 12:20 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Hours after learning he had a more than an eight percentage point lead over his People’s National Party (PNP) rival, Robert Nesta Morgan and a small team of campaigners walked the community of Diamond on Thursday to leave no stone – or vote –...

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