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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...

Published:Sunday | March 20, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

She may be 80 years old, but Beverley Manley-Duncan’s unmistakable voice still commands attention, whether it’s coming to you through the airwaves, the phone, via a YouTube video or if she is sitting across from you. She has also been the voice...

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

Love her or hate her, Paula Vanessa Llewellyn, Jamaica’s first female and outgoing director of public prosecutions (DPP) – the Government’s chief prosecutor – has courage. Lots of it. The girl who grew up believing she was ugly, outfitted with real...

Published:Sunday | March 6, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Pamela Monroe-Ellis could not have imagined that her carefree days in St Mary sailing down the hill from her house on coconut boughs – the only girl among several cousins and brothers – was preparation for the job she now holds as Auditor General...

Published:Sunday | March 6, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Audrey Tugwell could have held down an evening or night job as a radio announcer among some of the finest female voices to have graced Jamaican radio in the early 1980s. The alluring voice was, still is, as captivating as it is convincing. Instead...

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

A half-century since the People’s National Party (PNP) swept to power on the shoulders of its charismatic late former leader Michael Norman Manley, and on a promise that “better must come”, the party’s dreams, visions and efforts for a more...

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Omar Anglin swears that if his eyes did not stray to the computer screen of the Wexford Court Hotel general manager who was about to interview him for a job to wash pots in the hotel’s kitchen, he may have been condemned to a short life expectancy...

Published:Sunday | February 20, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Today, his remains could have been nearly 20 years old, but instead, his life was saved by a certificate of excellence in instructional technology mounted on the wall of the August Town home he shared with family members. Ricardo Allen vividly...

Published:Sunday | February 20, 2022 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Many Jamaicans who left their homeland in pursuit of better fortunes overseas have abandoned plans to return to the island as a result of its high murder rate. One diplomat serving on the world stage said Jamaica will continue to lose many of its...

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2022 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The majority of Jamaicans are opposed to the idea of mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for children or the wider populace, a Bill Johnson-Mello TV poll has found. The survey, which was conducted among 1,176 people in 84 communities between January 14...

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2022 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It is hard to mistake Pamela Coke-Hamilton for anything other than the high-powered, heavyweight international trade expert, diplomat, attorney-at-law and trailblazer she is, yet too often she is wrongly seen as the secretarial accompaniment to...

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Timar Jackson grew up in Bull Bay, St Andrew, and recalls that as a teenager he and his family once fled the community as the vicious cycle of gun violence raged and took with it several of his innocent young peers. But the super-private, high-...

Published:Sunday | February 6, 2022 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Child-rights campaigner Betty Ann Blaine believes that despite some progress on the legislative front and the formation of more protection agencies over the last two decades, the nation’s children are in more danger today with heartless attacks...

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...

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