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Published:Saturday | March 23, 2024 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

When The Gleaner on September 14, 2022 published an article titled, ‘There’s gold in them hills’, referencing the Canadian miners finding traces of gold and copper in their first drill hole in Bellas Gate, St Catherine, little did they know that a...

Published:Thursday | March 7, 2024 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

FOUR OF Jamaica’s minor political parties yesterday joined forces to form the Jamaica Unity Alliance (JUA), a movement on a mission to broaden the discourse around constitutional reform and the country’s intention to sever relationships with the...

Published:Friday | February 9, 2024 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Flames of orange lit the mid-morning sky from Collie Smith Drive in St Andrew South to the nomination centre on Lyndhurst Road, with People’s National Party (PNP) President Mark Golding leading a throng of supporters and their two candidates for...

Published:Thursday | February 8, 2024 | 6:27 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite the massive road-improvement programme benefiting the underdeveloped parish of St Thomas, Morant Bay Mayor Hubert Williams says the Government’s disregard for the residents and their livelihoods during the work process has caused...

Published:Monday | November 27, 2023 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters turned up in massive numbers for yesterday’s public session of the party’s 80th anniversary conference, to show support for the party ahead of looming local government elections which must be held on or before...

Published:Thursday | November 2, 2023 | 9:05 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Winston Spaulding, the former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) minister of national security and justice who served in the Edward Seaga administration (1980-1986), was remembered in Parliament for his legal acumen and dedication to country following...

Published:Wednesday | October 18, 2023 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke is blaming the education ministry’s failure to respond to requests for information for the eventual collapse of surcharge action against Dr Grace McLean. In October 2021, the Auditor General's Department (AuGD)...

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2023 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

CLAIMS BY the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) that the Government has instituted a new audio system in Parliament to gag its members have been dismissed by Information Minister Robert Morgan. Morgan yesterday refuted the claims by the...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2023 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Nearly an hour into the start of the public session of the People’s National Party’s (PNP) 85th annual conference, organisers were crestfallen, and many faces reflected worry at the small numbers in the arena, with more empty chairs than bodies....

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2023 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The man who sparked controversy when he was released from chains by People’s National Party (PNP) President Mark Golding during a constituency conference on Sunday is unrepentant about his role in the affair. Claude ‘Big Stone’ Sinclair instead...

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2023 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

THE POLITICAL fallout over the selection of Ian Hayles as the People’s National Party's (PNP) standard-bearer in Westmoreland Western has taken another turn as at least two former PNP, now Independent, councillors intend to join their Jamaica...

Published:Tuesday | September 12, 2023 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

WHEN PEOPLE’S National Party (PNP) president Mark Golding addresses his party’s 85th annual conference this weekend, he will be fully aware of what is at stake. The occasion will also present for the PNP what is its largest mass gathering before...

Published:Friday | August 4, 2023 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson is urging public officials to dial back the intense political rhetoric and character assassinations in the public space, slamming some utterances as “disgraceful”. In a release on Thursday, Patterson, who...

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2023 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has called for Jamaicans to wake up and take stock of the way the country is being governed, accusing the Andrew Holness administration of ruling by authoritarian arrogance. During a press conference at...

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2023 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

With significant advancements in the country’s electoral system, it would take massive collusion among electoral officers as well as the ruling Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) and opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) indoor and outdoor agents to...

Published:Friday | July 21, 2023 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

A former Crown counsel, one of at least 40 to have left the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in the last five years, has sided with former colleagues who withdrew their services from the court system yesterday. The attorney...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2023 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Days of deliberations between the five unions representing workers at the state-operated National Water Commission (NWC) and management have borne fruit with an agreement yesterday that has ended the threat of industrial action which could have...

Published:Saturday | July 15, 2023 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

THE FIVE unions representing workers at the National Water Commission (NWC), and the company’s management, have reached an agreement which has averted threats of industrial action in heat-parched Jamaica and especially the Corporate Area which is...

Published:Saturday | July 15, 2023 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

AS POLITICAL discontent continues to rage in the People’s National Party (PNP) camp in Westmoreland and in the constituency of Western Westmoreland, the three former PNP-elected councillors who sided with the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to remove...

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2023 | 9:10 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

A PERCEIVED lack of response from the Government over outstanding salary issues resulting from the public-sector reclassification and compensation exercise will top the agenda at tomorrow’s meeting of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), and...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2023 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

THE FAILURE by the National Water Commission (NWC) to implement the recommendations of a reclassification exercise done in 2010 is at the heart of the discontent between workers and management. This led to last week’s threat of industrial action by...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2023 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

SHANIQUE ARMSTRONG, the woman who accused the Spanish Town Hospital of callous indifference when she was forced to deliver her baby unassisted at the facility in May 2021, has been vindicated in death, following the conclusion of an investigation...

Published:Friday | June 30, 2023 | 1:32 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Kenneth Russell’s skills, education, and experience as a former United Nations consultant have taken him to several countries of the world with education systems and outcomes similar to Jamaica. It is for these reasons that the local man has...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2023 | 1:32 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

EVEN AS some teachers have vowed to withdraw from the project, the Ministry of Education and Youth (MOEY) has targeted nearly 4,000 students who failed the 2022 literacy and numeracy performance tasks examination in a revived national summer school...

Published:Monday | June 19, 2023 | 1:07 AMErica Virtue/Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born, Canadian billionaire businessman Michael Lee-Chin has dismissed in the strongest terms any suggestion that he is beginning a slow off-loading process of his majority share ownership in the National Commercial Bank (NCB) with a view to...

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