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Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Some Jamaicans in the United States are expressing fear that a win for President Donald Trump in Tuesday’s election will present greater dangers for minorities and further erode gains made over the years. Most are hanging on to hopes for a Joe...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

While the ideological divide and gut-wrenching political violence which dominated the campaign for the 1980 general election have been largely put to rest, there is consensus that unhealthy legacies still linger four decades later. Among them are...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The two presidential candidates for the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) last week committed to robust reform of several legislations to empower ordinary Jamaicans, protect them in law and take steps to reverse gains lost by the...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

COVID-19 has not only claimed more than a million lives around the world, but it is waging a mental and physical war on humanity, creating new and long-term, life-threatening health issues in previously healthy individuals who contract the dreaded...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In a few days, People’s National Party (PNP) presidential aspirants Mark Golding and Lisa Hanna will receive the delegates list to be used in the November 7 internal polls to replace Dr Peter Phillips, which will be conducted by the Electoral...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2020 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The political ghost of the 1983 Grenada revolution is spooking the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela, and concerns are growing in the troubled South American country that the United States will invade it ahead of its presidential elections in...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Three private laboratories have been granted permission by the Ministry of Health...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica continues to grapple with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, a scientist is warning that companies could be sending millions of dollars down the drain as they engage some long-established and fly-by-night sanitation companies looking to...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2020 | 6:37 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Late political organising maestro Dr D.K. Duncan and Pearnel Charles Sr were political combatants at best in the public domain during the political cold war of the 1970s and ‘80s in Jamaica, except an unusual bond kept them inextricably linked...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2020 | 6:34 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Amid the continued rise in coronavirus cases and deaths in the island, there are fears that a shortage of healthcare workers could hurt efforts to combat the virus even as the Government gets going with plans to construct three field hospitals to...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) will need to field a strong group of individuals to fill its eight Senate positions, and former Kingston Central Member of Parliament Ronald Thwaites should be among them, believes public commentator Dr...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Phyllis Coard’s name has been indelibly linked to Caribbean political history, Lord Anthony Gifford said of the Jamaican who was the lone female among 17 sentenced to lengthy jail terms for the assassination of Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2020 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Days after suffering its most humiliating defeat since the 1980 general election, the political post-mortem is being conducted in the People’s National Party (PNP) and losing candidates, operatives and workers have exposed raw wounds, many of which...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Krystal Tomlinson turned down a number of opportunities to become the People’s National Party’s (PNP) standard-bearer in various constituencies before finally saying yes to her home turf, St Andrew West Rural. The former Miss Jamaica Festival Queen...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Given the current upward movement in the number of cases of the coronavirus locally, there are concerns that some Jamaicans – possibly entire communities – could be under government health quarantine orders, restricting their movement and their...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Political watchers have theorised that if Prime Minister Andrew Holness fails to summon Jamaicans to the polls in the next 30 days, he could risk a wipeout of the political capital he has built up with recent polls showing his Jamaica Labour Party...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It took 13 years and at least 94 court appearances before 10 judges and four prosecutors before a murder case against Lynford Allen was tossed for lack of evidence. It’s a situation Justice Minister Delroy Chuck admits should not have happened. Allen,...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

With another Cabinet minister in the Andrew Holness administration stripped of portfolio responsibilities over a controversial land arrangement and another thrust under the microscope over contracts awarded to a public-relations firm, one political...

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2020 | 12:29 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s political apparatus has operated and functioned on nepotism and cronyism since independence, but until lawmakers enact legislation to make the practice illegal, no amount of inflammatory language from state commissions will make a...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Corruption has not featured as a big-ticket item in past general elections and is unlikely to be the factor tipping the scales in one party or another’s favour this time around, the island’s two main pollsters, Don Anderson and Bill Johnson, have...

Published:Sunday | July 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite occasional howls from civil society, Jamaica will not see a dramatic decline in corruption – or the perception thereof – until enablers in high places are collared and locked away, insists management consultant Dr Henley Morgan as three...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When 49-year-old Marjorie Pearson went into surgery three weeks ago at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), it was not lost on her and the medical team that the high-risk brain procedure could go horribly wrong. Dr Dwaine Cooke, consultant...

Published:Sunday | June 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Even as political watchers zero in on August dates for the next general election, Prime Minister Andrew Holness kept his cards close to his chest as he spoke with The Sunday Gleaner a week ago, giving no hint as to when he will summon Jamaicans to...

Published:Sunday | June 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ eyes lit up last week as he unleashed a string of adjectives to describe his tech-loving, on-the-brink-of-adulthood son Adam, and the exercise and music-loving Matthew, who have made him fulfil his dream of being a...

Published:Sunday | June 14, 2020 | 12:28 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite officialdom remaining mum on plans for the North East St Ann seat made vacant by the passing of Shahine Robinson, who served as member of parliament for just shy of two decades, some constituents have weighed in on the type of person they...

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