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Published:Friday | August 16, 2019 | 12:28 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Richard Azan has been silent for weeks since it became official that Dr Peter Phillips would be challenged by Peter Bunting for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP). He was silent even before it became official. The clearest...

Published:Tuesday | August 13, 2019 | 12:21 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Days after St Thomas Eastern Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Fenton Ferguson announced that he is supporting the Rise United team of presidential candidate Peter Bunting, Evon Redman said he will not instruct delegates how to vote. The St Elizabeth...

Published:Friday | August 9, 2019 | 12:36 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Well into the throes of its leadership election and under the glare of media, the behaviour of People’s National Party (PNP) supporters has forced the party to revise the existing rules of engagement that govern internal polls. Supporters of the...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:35 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Rocked by allegations of predatory sexual harassment and cover-ups, the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts has established a committee to improve transparency, fairness, and safety at the institution. The seven-member Possibilities...

Published:Friday | August 2, 2019 | 12:34 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Rise United team of People’s National Party (PNP) leadership challenger Peter Bunting is now ahead with member of parliament support, according to The Gleaner’s weekly on-the-ground tracking ahead of the September 7 presidential polls. Members...

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2019 | 12:26 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The majority of the People’s National Party (PNP) delegates who will vote in the September 7 presidential poll will come from the party’s groups islandwide and its National Executive Council (NEC). The NEC, which is the PNP’s highest decision-...

Published:Saturday | July 27, 2019 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Throngs of People’s National Party (PNP) supporters turned out yesterday to nominate the two candidates lining up for the September 7 presidential election to lead the 81-year-old party. The first contender to arrive was Peter Bunting, the...

Published:Friday | July 26, 2019 | 12:49 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The contenders in the race for president of the People’s National Party (PNP) will be called to the blocks today to officially start their dash to the September 7 polls. Peter David Phillips, the sitting president and member of parliament for St...

Published:Monday | July 22, 2019 | 12:23 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Incumbent People’s National Party (PNP) president Dr Peter Philips is hoping that lightning will not strike thrice in his political life and deny him leadership of the party he has served for years as he begins his defence of his stewardship to...

Published:Friday | July 12, 2019 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Ruel Reid, the discarded former minister of education, youth and information, is pushing for Jamaica College (JC) to resume paying him millions of dollars in principal’s incentives he received while on active duty as head of the Old Hope Road, St...

Published:Thursday | July 11, 2019 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party (PNP) President Dr Peter Phillips has painted a dismal picture of the Andrew Holness-led Government’s stewardship of Jamaica since 2016, telling a Gleaner Editors’ Forum on Tuesday that despite the buoyant economy, Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Dean-Roy Bernard, who served as permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education during the tenure of Ruel Reid, is asking the court to block the appointment Dr Grace McLean to his former post. Bernard – who was transferred from the ministry in...

Published:Friday | July 5, 2019 | 12:19 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts was on Wednesday asked to explain how the institution spent $4 million on “supper” and “taxi fare” in one financial year, giving an average of $364,000 to each of the 11 staffers working in...

Published:Thursday | July 4, 2019 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Brascoe Lee, the man who co-founded the National Democratic Movement (NDM) with Bobby Marsh in 1995, died yesterday after a short illness. Lee, a former state minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and four-term member of parliament for South...

Published:Thursday | July 4, 2019 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law and member of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament Leslie Campbell yesterday referred to Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts Principal Dr Nicholeen DeGrasse Johnson as the “...

Published:Wednesday | July 3, 2019 | 12:30 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Peter Bunting, the man who wants to take the reins as president of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) with his eyes set on Jamaica House, said the levels of alleged corruption, nepotism and cronyism which have engulfed a number of state...

Published:Tuesday | June 18, 2019 | 12:28 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Venezuelan oil subsidiary PDV Caribe is demanding that the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) pay a minimum of US$50 million (J$6.5 billion) in core share value as compensation for the forcible takeover of its 49 per cent stake in the local refinery,...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:24 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) yesterday officially commissioned Jamaica’s, and the region’s, first interventional suite to diagnose and treat complex cardiac cases using minimally invasive surgeries and significantly reducing...

Published:Tuesday | May 28, 2019 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

A Westmoreland car dealer is currently in hiding and fearing for his life in what he claims is a bizarre real-life movie that started filming the day he refused to pay $800,000 in extortion to a cop in the parish. Shawn Smith, who operates Car...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:29 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Director of Elections Glasspole Brown has given the green light to the two candidates of the April 4 East Portland by-election, telling The Gleaner yesterday that Member of Parliament Ann-Marie Vaz and the defeated Damion Crawford met the May 16...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

After much public outcry, the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MOFPS) last Friday gave the all-clear for the Integrity Commission to advertise and interview individuals for positions within the body whose substantive posts were subsumed...

Published:Tuesday | May 14, 2019 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Integrity Commission member, retired Justice Seymour Panton, yesterday said that while the state body appreciates the country’s need for information on cases being probed, it has to adhere to rules of non-disclosure. Panton, a former president of...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:20 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

More than a year after Contractor General Dirk Harrison’s office was subsumed into the National Integrity Commission, he is yet to get his instrument of appointment from Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and there are signs that the transparency...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Holness administration, Minister without Portfolio Daryl Vaz, and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) have been slammed by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) for their role in the sale of beach property to Puerto Caribe Properties...

Published:Friday | April 5, 2019 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Casting himself as the victim of character assassination, defeated People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for East Portland, Damion Crawford, was left devastated yesterday by a stinging 306-vote loss to Member of Parliament-elect Ann-Marie Vaz of...

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