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Published:Sunday | April 14, 2024 | 2:28 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Now in the winter of his political career, Fitz Jackson, the seven-term member of parliament (MP) for St Catherine Southern, has found a spring. It’s a spring that has borne him accolades nationwide, for it has been the springboard for the...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2024 | 1:30 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A strategic plan to restore the image of the sole internationally-approved maritime education and training university in the Western Hemisphere has begun to bear fruit. Employing a multipronged approach to repair the massive reputational damage as...

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2024 | 1:28 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Started in 1978 by Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon, and surviving on the generosity of donors worldwide, the Mustard Seed Communities provides a safe haven for those rejected and abandoned by their families and society. The non-profit organisation,...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2024 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Nestled in the serene community of Haddon in Moneague, St Ann, is Jacob’s Ladder. A safe haven where modern-day disciples and angels care for scores of the most disadvantaged children and adults. Located on 150 acres, it is the largest operation...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2024 | 6:40 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

History will credit Prime Minister Andrew Holness for a number of achievements. Among them, having the lowest level of unemployment in Jamaica in 40 years, reducing the debt to GDP ratio in the last eight years, and presenting the most no tax...

Published:Sunday | March 10, 2024 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It is a futile effort to put obstacles in the way of women who are not afraid to stand up, stand out, and stand alone, even from they were children. And especially a woman, who, as a teenager, preached her first sermon in a church that at the time...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2024 | 5:53 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Eight years after the Representation of the People Act (ROPA) was amended to allow for the establishment of a National Election Campaign Fund to allow individuals, entities, and the diaspora to make donations towards the country’s electoral process...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2024 | 3:38 PMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A week after the long-delayed local government elections were held, just like supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People’s National Party (PNP), political commentators appear split down the middle on which party won, even as the...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2024 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It is expected to be a neck-and-neck race to the finish line between candidates of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) in tomorrow’s local government elections, according to pundits and a recent...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2024 | 7:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Forty per cent of Jamaicans have ranked the island’s municipal corporations as poor or very poor managers of the nation’s business at the local level, with another 40 per cent saying their performance was just average. This is according to the...

Published:Sunday | February 18, 2024 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Morant Bay Mayor Hubert Williams is charging that the long-discussed reform of the local governance structure has come to a standstill under the current Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration. According to the former People’s National Party (PNP...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2024 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

As the February 26 local government elections draw near, The Sunday Gleaner spoke with six first-time candidates, who are stepping into the political arena with hopes of serving their communities. Representing both rural and Corporate Area...

Published:Monday | February 5, 2024 | 12:58 PMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

At least four minor political parties in Jamaica will be skipping the local government polls on February 26. And should any member decide to run as an independent candidate, at least one will not allow them to use the party’s emblem. The National...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2024 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Amid the low voter turnout in the 2016 local government elections, 14 divisions saw winning candidates raking in more than eight per cent of the votes cast, with 11 of those divisions in Kingston and St Andrew. The remaining four such divisions...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2024 | 12:05 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Neither he nor anyone else expected that he would become a clergyman like his late father, Anglican priest the Reverend Dr Gervais Clarke. They also didn’t anticipate that he would become a scientist, following in the footsteps of his equally well-...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2024 | 12:05 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The spotlight is now fixed on Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie as the country awaits his announcement of the date for the long-overdue local government elections. McKenzie, a deputy leader of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), will be...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2024 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Unless any “egregious” material is found to disqualify them during the due diligence process, five councillors who defected from the People’s National Party (PNP) after being elected in 2016 will be Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidates in the...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2023 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

As Venezuela and Guyana spar over the mineral-rich Essequibo region, a senior Guyanese politician has suggested that any escalation to war between South American neighbours would see the United States and the United Kingdom coming out as the...

Published:Sunday | December 24, 2023 | 8:01 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Long before he was commissioned as a justice of the peace (JP), Frank Samuel Cox was serving his country and people as an educator, helping hundreds of Jamaicans in and out of the classroom. He has written more recommendation letters than he can...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2023 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A just-concluded poll conducted by leading market researcher Don Anderson has revealed that more Jamaicans are likely to vote in the upcoming local government elections than those who voted in the 2020 general election. At the same time, just over...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2023 | 1:03 PMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) is distancing itself from Lord Nicholas Phillips’ broadside against Commonwealth countries and their dependence on the London-based court, who suggested 14 years ago that they had overstayed their...

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2023 | 6:36 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

With busy shopping seasons such as back-to-school and Christmas seeing fraudsters ramp up their activities to target the credit and debit cards of unsuspecting bargain hunters, Jamaicans are being warned to be extra cautious as they prepare for and...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2023 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters are expected to turn out in large numbers at the National Arena today for the public session of the party’s 80th annual conference, many expecting to hear the date for the long-overdue local government...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2023 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The European Union (EU) was taken by complete surprise when Jamaica delayed signing the Samoa Agreement, which provides the legal framework guiding relations between the bloc’s 27 countries and the 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific nations, the EU...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2023 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

He could easily be mistaken for a graduate of one of Jamaica’s more well-positioned secondary schools, exuding confidence, pizazz and self-assuredness that was visible even in his gait. But Dane Nicholson, the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and...

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