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Published:Sunday | September 25, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the People’s National Party (PNP) is to decide whether the party will substitute the term ‘democratic socialism’ for ‘democratic left’, an apparent cosmetic change to the political party’s ideology that it...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Charismatic retired People’s National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller is sorely missed by the man she appointed a senator in 2007 and who now heads the 84-year-old political movement she then led. Simpson Miller, whose political capital...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2022 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

“Hi, I am Dickon Mitchell,” he said with hand outstretched at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, arriving with no fanfare, airs or stuffiness. Just three months after taking the reins of government in Grenada, Mitchell engaged in a wide-ranging discussion...

Published:Sunday | September 11, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Love him or hate him, Father Sean Major-Campbell says what he means and owns what he says. Considered among the most controversial clergymen in Jamaica, some even call him the “gay people preacher” because he has invited to church those society...

Published:Sunday | September 4, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Two years into the second term of the Holness administration – and just over six years since the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) took the reins of power – Jamaicans remain lukewarm about the performance of the Government and that of the prime minister...

Published:Sunday | September 4, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The death of veteran broadcaster Francois St Juste sent shock waves throughout Jamaica and the diaspora last week, news which heralded shed and unshed tears, gut-punching pains of grief and sorrow, and none more evident than the on-air sadness of...

Published:Sunday | August 28, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Former Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) head, Professor Gladstone Hutchinson, has described much of the furore over Jamaicans migrating to seek better opportunities abroad as noise. There is currently a high level of concern over attrition...

Published:Sunday | August 21, 2022 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The name Don Anderson is synonymous with political polling in Jamaica, the statistician having crafted a prolific career through Market Research Limited, a firm he bought in 1975 after working with the company for four years. He first wet his feet...

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2022 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Do not be fooled by his loud laughter, for Danville Walker can be deadly serious when he is laughing loudest. The former Jamaica Defence Force soldier does not belabour points, and once convinced on an issue, he does not suffer through...

Published:Sunday | August 14, 2022 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Even a seasoned politician like Dr Horace Anthony Chang goes into shocked silence at the barbarity of some of the crimes committed in Jamaica. In a recent sit-down with The Sunday Gleaner, he recalled how his body and mind were jolted as details...

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...

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