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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...

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...

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