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Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In an apparent response to cries from individuals in remote locations across the island to secure vaccination against the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Health and Wellness is seeking the assistance of private pharmacy owners and other...

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) believe they receive the harshest treatment among public sector workers who commit infractions that lead to disciplinary action resulting in suspension or interdiction. In fact, there are some police...

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

It’s a story of hate – across all sectors, continents, and among all populations. Not even those shouting loudest opposing vaccination against the deadly unseen monster like it. It’s the unwelcome visitor that people wish would go away and never...

Published:Sunday | September 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

At the end of 2020, the Ministry of Health had recorded 18 COVID-19 deaths from 612 cases in Manchester. Before the end of January 2021, the central Jamaica parish became a worry for health officials, who said that 43 out of every 100,000 residents...

Published:Sunday | August 29, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s most famous state of emergency (SOE) detainee, retired Speaker of the House of Representatives, Member of Parliament and Cabinet minister, Pearnel Charles Sr, said he would never have spent 283 days in detention at Up Park Camp in 1977...

Published:Sunday | August 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Nearly a decade after talks began, trained pharmacists, with competence and certification to administer vaccines, are still unable to do so because of an unnamed legislative hurdle. The health professionals say they have been lobbying for the...

Published:Sunday | August 22, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Pauline Knight, the esteemed public servant and wife of retired politician and veteran attorney-at-law K.D. Knight, died on Friday night, becoming one of more than 1,300 local victims of the deadly coronavirus.

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Trouble is once again brewing in the People’s National Party (PNP) ahead of its September annual conference, with tensions already at fever pitch in central Jamaica over an expected contest to challenge sitting Region Five chairman, Hopeton McCatty...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite numerous promises made over the years by Jamaican politicians to remove the Commonwealth’s great-grandmother as Head of State, Queen Elizabeth and her heirs still have the final say here. The proposal to break ties with the monarchy has...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:35 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When the Organization of American States (OAS) gave the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 48 hours notice that it would be discussing Cuba among its membership, the community’s ambassadors in Washington, DC, were asked to provide a response before noon...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

HOUSE SPEAKER Marisa Dalrymple Philibert remains in legal hot water as the General Legal Council (GLC) – the regulatory body for the legal profession – continues to probe allegations of professional misconduct made against the prominent attorney...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 12:53 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

With no recorded political ambition, Jesus – who Christians believe to be the Messiah and Saviour of mankind from sure destruction – is being called on by senior members to rescue the People’s National Party (PNP). Last week, the 82-year-old PNP...

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

When news broke Wednesday that Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, it was another poignant moment for former parliamentarian Sharon Hay-Webster, who recounted her experience in 2004 when she was charged with the responsibility of...

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

When Guyana – on the 41st anniversary of the murder of its scholar, the enigmatic political activist and lecturer Dr Walter Rodney – announced that it would take steps to clear his name and legacy, including changing the cause of his death from ‘...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has been bludgeoned in an audit by its parent ministry – Local Government and Community Development – which revealed widespread financial reporting breaches of government...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Heavily criticised for years for losing its way politically and divorced from core values on which it was founded, the People’s National Party (PNP) has tapped the expertise of Brown University Professor Anthony Bogues to chair its policy/vision...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Julian Robinson keeps his cool in the most challenging circumstances, but since becoming a father, patience has become a mantra for the third-term member of parliament (MP), who often finds himself in family witness box, being questioned by his...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Mikael Phillips, member of parliament (MP) for Manchester North Western, is father to daughters 18-year-old Isabel, a soon-to-be University of the West Indies (UWI) psychology student, and Gabriela, 16, a fourth-former at Campion College. The third...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Only a resignation as an elected representative can remove George Wright from his new seat on the Opposition benches in George William Gordon House, despite how unwelcome his presence may be for members on that side. The Westmoreland Central member...

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

When the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly upended the tenuous existence of parents and children in sections of the parish of Westmoreland, the Rockhouse Foundation, which was already providing the major meal for almost 150 early childhood and primary...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Howls of denials by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie that no political interference or ministerial overreach was at play at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) were rubbished last week after the contents...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

George Wright, the legislator elected to the Lower House last September on a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ticket as one of its 49 members, remains in that position despite condemnation amid an uproar over a viral video in which a man was seen beating...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A day after Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith named former Senator A.J. Nicholson as the People’s National Party (PNP) official who sent her threatening and harassing emails in 2014 and 2018, Nicholson has called her out, challenging...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:27 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Hundreds of Jamaicans suffering from cancer at various stages were without radiation treatment for more than a month after the machines at St Joseph’s and Cornwall Regional hospitals (CRH) broke down in the last two months. Treatment resumed last...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:33 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

An independent commission to investigate questionable conduct of lawmakers in the Houses of Parliament and make binding recommendations is urgently needed, according to opposition senator Lambert Brown. Such a commission, with powers similar to...

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