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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...

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

Despite four years of inaction since it was announced, the Government still intends to construct the multibillion-dollar, multi-functional security complex in south St Andrew, according to National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang. “This is a...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2023 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

For decades she enriched countless hearts and souls with her incredible gifts and generous spirit. But today, she now stands in desperate need of the generosity of others. Marjorie Whylie – one of Jamaica’s musical icons, scholars and educators –...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2023 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore – And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over – like a syrupy sweet? Maybe it just sags like a heavy...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2023 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Concerned that too many underprivileged Jamaicans are being victimised by the justice system, a group of attorneys and human rights campaigners have banded together to assist persons who have been languishing behind bars because of systemic...

Published:Sunday | October 22, 2023 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is keeping the date of the long overdue local government election close to his chest, but the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) have ramped up their campaigns. According to...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2023 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Attorney-at-law John Clarke has ample reasons to be angry and bear resentment with many different state agencies in Jamaica, especially the police force. Instead, the dedicated lawyer has turned his experience in state care as well as an ugly...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2023 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

More than a decade of stalling in the Parliament, an overwhelming majority of Jamaicans want the debate on impeachment and recall resurrected and laws put in place to hold political representatives found guilty of criminal and/or moral crimes...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2023 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaican politicians are being urged to be circumspect in their actions and utterances in light of a growing intolerance for politics, politicians and symbolic representation of the nation’s tragic slavery past. This latest call follows last week’s...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2023 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Three years after the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) 49-14 blowout election victory over the People’s National Party (PNP), issues such as crime and a trust deficit cast a long shadow over the Holness administration’s successes. Finance Minister Dr...

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