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Published:Sunday | January 30, 2022 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A buoyant murder-for-hire industry – through which Jamaicans engage marksmen to settle domestic disputes, disrupt love affairs, get their hands on insurance money and to bump off business partners – is believed to be the main driver behind the bulk...

Published:Sunday | January 23, 2022 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Howard Mitchell loves Jamaica. Passionately. Jamaica has always been the bright, beautiful and feisty girl he wants to marry. He has worked to please her, win her love, and finally gets her to say “I do”. After a rapturous honeymoon, all he wants...

Published:Sunday | January 16, 2022 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Phillip Paulwell’s yet-to-be-written book will detail the feverish, closed-door negotiations for the exit of former People’s National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller from the helm of the party in 2017 following its electoral defeat in...

Published:Sunday | January 9, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A motor vehicle examiner, who is waiting for the court to hear his appeal against internal disciplinary charges in the Ministry of Transport after he was freed of corruption charges in the St Thomas Parish Court, is upset that his case has not been...

Published:Sunday | January 2, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Aside from the fall of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Cabinet minister Floyd Green for breaches of the Disaster Risk Management Act (DRMA); the arrest and charge of House Speaker Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert for illegal dumping; and the ongoing search to...

Published:Sunday | December 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Derrick Smith is not one to bear a grudge, but hurt is what he still feels from four consequential events he faced within the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to which he dedicated 40 years of his life. Always the gentleman, affable and non-...

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2021 | 12:16 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Mark Golding has earned the ire of Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown, who not only found him guilty of unbecoming political behaviour but ordered him to publicly apologise to the subject of his “demeaning” comments and pay...

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2021 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Although saddled with the seemingly unshakeable burdens of crime, corruption, under-education and a huge social deficit as it takes a blow from the COVID-19 pandemic, Keith Duncan believes there is hope for Jamaica lying in social transformation,...

Published:Sunday | December 19, 2021 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

After losing an estimated $6 billion in produce and animals to thieves annually with little or no redress, and having seen at least 12 of their colleagues murdered this year alone, many of the island’s farmers are now awaiting the maturity of their...

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2021 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Health officials are hoping that the island will be able to delay an expected fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic to give the sector more breathing space to recover from the devastating third hit, but administrators are still nervously...

Published:Sunday | December 12, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson is urging lawmakers in George William Gordon House not to bring disagreements to the chamber but instead seek consensus on the way forward before hurling abuses and showing aggression. Patterson, who retired...

Published:Sunday | December 5, 2021 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Barbados’ transition to a republic last week has reignited talks locally of removing Queen Elizabeth as Jamaica’s head of state after more than a quarter-century of dithering. Prime Minister Andrew Holness last weekend also hinted at steps being...

Published:Sunday | November 28, 2021 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

With another storm gathering in the Ministry of Transport and Mining he now heads, Robert Montague is placing his political future in the hands of his St Mary Western constituents, even as the possibility exists that he could face a challenge for...

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government is yet to incorporate pharmacists into its COVID-19 vaccination drive, months after sector players qualified to administer shots indicated their willingness to participate in the exercise to boost take-up of the jabs. Since The...

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Disgraced Jamaica College Principal Ruel Reid yesterday inked a multimillion-dollar deal at the eleventh hour with the St Andrew-based boys’ school he led for 14 years. The last-minute settlement was reached to avert his return to the Old Hope Road...

Published:Sunday | November 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Education Regulations (1980), which detail the procedures and processes to all aspects of the governance of school life in Jamaica, is outdated and long overdue for an overhaul, according to former Education Minister Maxine Henry Wilson. The...

Published:Sunday | November 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Education is yet to respond to Jamaica College after the board of the St Andrew-based high school sent it three recommendations on how to settle the imbroglio with the in-limbo Principal Ruel Reid, whose special leave is set to...

Published:Sunday | November 7, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Ten weeks after Eustace Wilson indicated his willingness to be vaccinated and after 15 residents lost their lives to COVID-19 in Cocoa Walk and the surrounding areas of Marlie Hill in Manchester, the 81-year-old is yet to receive a single jab...

Published:Sunday | October 31, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A breakaway from the local Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church denomination has established a commune in the deep bowels of St Mary, preparing for the Second Coming, with little to no plans of interfacing with the Government or the rest of the...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Danville Walker, one of two members named by the Government to sit on the board of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), has dismissed claims by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) that it was unaware of the theft-deterrent programme...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Like other Comrades weary of the political enmity dogging their political movement, former Vice-President Mikael Phillips is longing for an end to the long winter of internal discontent that has beleaguered the 83-year-old People’s National Party (...

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It started out as a Twitter spat between Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Mark Golding over the Government’s COVID-19 vaccination blitz tours islandwide, which were supposed to include the Opposition to show unity and encourage...

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2021 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Karen Cross’ expulsion from the People’s National Party (PNP) last month comes 67 years after Marxist Richard Hart and three others were booted from the political movement in 1954 for their alleged communist views. Also expelled with Hart were...

Published:Saturday | October 9, 2021 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) is entering the week of its 83rd annual conference fresh from a battering in opinion polls, public bickering and its application of the strongest disciplinary measure in recent years with the expulsion of former...

Published:Saturday | October 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A planned multibillion-dollar tourism investment for the prime oceanfront in Little Bay, Westmoreland, is hanging in the balance as a group of investors are being frustrated with efforts to evict hundreds of squatters from the property. The...

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