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Published:Sunday | July 31, 2022 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

His résumé could cause one to believe that Danville Walker has had nomadic tendencies since returning to Jamaica in May 1997 to head the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ). But truth be told, he does not believe in hanging around once his expertise...

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

History-making British Member of Parliament (MP) Diane Abbott pulled on the Jamaican vernacular to describe the embattled Boris Johnson, calling him the architect of his political downfall as he fell on a sword of lies last week amid the collapse...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Kingsley Thomas may have left the public service, but his mind has not retired. Known as someone who shoots from the hip, his contemporaries still describe him with superlatives such as visionary, passionate, bold and fearless, many quick to admit...

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2022 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Although acknowledging that Senator Kamina Johnson Smith ran a good race in her bid for secretary general of the Commonwealth, businessman and attorney-at-law Howard Mitchell said the whole affair was a bad idea from the get-go. “It was a bad deal...

Published:Sunday | June 26, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Marianne Van Steen took up her post as the European Union (EU) ambassador to Jamaica in October 2020, just over six months after the first case of the coronavirus was detected in the island. It was the first time in her diplomatic career that she...

Published:Sunday | June 19, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Lennox Channer has framed photographs of his daughters, Kyra-Jade and Maya-Paige, prominently displayed on his desk at the head offices of the Jamaica Broilers Group (JBG) in McCook’s Pen, St Catherine. Another framed piece with the word ‘Dad’ sits...

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2022 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Desperate for a better way of life, some Jamaicans are willing to be part of the human smuggling trade, by whatever means necessary, as they seek to flee from violent crimes, poverty and a growing distance from the State, according to some persons...

Published:Sunday | June 12, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

If Dr Lucien Jones’ wife Vivienne, his children and their spouses as well as his four grandchildren had their way, he would have left Jamaica a long time ago. But his undying faith in his Jamaica and his wife’s commitment to her marriage vows made...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2022 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

There is no political will to solve the problem of squatting, as politics is the biggest beneficiary, noted outspoken political scientist, public commentator and attorney-at-law, Dr Paul Ashley. “Why would anyone want to solve squatting when every...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2022 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It’s not often that a seasoned diplomat gets emotional when talking about his countrymen, but Cuban Ambassador Fermîn Gabriel Quiñones Sanchéz choked up in calling them the most resilient, patriotic, hard-working and long-suffering people he knows...

Published:Sunday | June 5, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Two months after Jamaica announced the candidature of Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith for the post of Commonwealth secretary general, the country remains in the dark as to the cost and source of funding for the campaign. The Ministry...

Published:Sunday | May 29, 2022 | 1:50 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

One word describes the whole being that is Carla Seaga, and it’s loyalty. It’s a characteristic her late husband and former Prime Minister Edward Seaga revered in his public and personal life. Three years after his passing on May 28, 2019, she has...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2022 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Staff at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) are becoming increasingly agitated over health risks at the New Kingston building from which they work and are fixing to file a lawsuit against the agency seeking redress...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Growing up in one of Kingston’s toughest neighbourhoods, Waterhouse, 19-year-old Jamaica College honour student J’Voughnn Blake has defied every stereotype of young people born in such communities, blazing a glorious trail in both the sporting and...

Published:Sunday | May 15, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Leslie Samuels was destined for the health sector, following in the footsteps of his father, who is a doctor; his mother a registered nurse; and aunt, also a doctor. The Mandeville-raised Samuels was in his third year of medical studies at The...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Rebecca Hayle is the mother of five and grandmother of 12, but on any given Sunday morning at the Church of Pentecost in Kingston, it’s easy to believe all adults between 30 and 50 years are her children because they all call her “Mama Becca”. It’s...

Published:Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 12:05 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica’s COVID-19 positivity rate returns to double-digit territory, the island’s medical professionals are looking on with bated breath after finally being able to get a breather following the island’s deadliest and traumatic two waves of the...

Published:Sunday | May 1, 2022 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Career diplomat, lawyer, wife, mother and Stoke City for life football supporter, British High Commissioner to Jamaica Judith Slater, is delighted to be posted here. She is fascinated by the Jamaican culture and believes there is nothing else in...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Relaxation of COVID-19 requirements has generated mixed views, some glad for the respite, while others, especially the elderly with comorbidities, are taking no chances with the viral disease that has caused havoc worldwide, killing millions. For...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

There is far more substance to Georgia Crawford Williams than being the protective sister of Senator Damion Crawford. The wife, mother, radio host, broadcaster and researcher has added consultant and entrepreneur to her large portfolio, which also...

Published:Sunday | April 17, 2022 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Today is being observed as Resurrection Sunday in Christendom as followers of Jesus Christ celebrate His victory over death by crucifixion and His ascension to be at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for all who seek Him....

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2022 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Webster Memorial United Church on Half-Way Tree Road in St Andrew has defied the odds by maintaining capacity congregations when other established churches are struggling with membership in an increasingly secular society. It may be because the...

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

He has stoked many a political fire, throwing stones at Old Hope and Belmont roads, the headquarters of the two major political parties, and has swum upstream against popular tides, challenging the status quo at all levels. The fearless and brave...

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2022 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

If some parliamentarians have their way, the Office of the Political Ombudsman would cease to exist in its current state as an independent commission of Parliament and be subsumed under the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ). On the other hand...

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

If effervescence was a person, it would be the beautiful Eldemire girl who married Hugh Shearer and has been championing causes for senior citizens in Jamaica. Professor Denise Eldemire-Shearer is a medical doctor and the island’s resident ageing...

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