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Stories by Erica Virtue

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The long wait for the report from the Financial Sector Adjustment Company (FINSAC) Commission is set to drag on as a stalemate has reportedly developed between the Andrew Holness administration and the commission.More than seven years after the...

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Chief executive officer of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) Errol Greene will not be returning to that institution anytime soon.Greene had been seconded to the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) for six months last April and should have...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Cuban Ambassador to Jamaica Ines Fors Fernandez, other Cuban diplomats, staff at the embassy, as well as Cuban doctors, nurses, and teachers working in the island have responded strongly to the call for blood donations in the wake of the outbreak of...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Nine years after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti and killed what some estimate to be more than 300,000 persons, the country is still suffering the debilitating effects, with very little to show from the massive international aid package...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Former Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley has received the unanimous nod from two of the island's leading social/political commentators as the biggest loser on Jamaica's political stage last year.Wheatley lost his...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Decades after the bond of friendship between Jamaica and Cuba was developed while the late Michael Manley and Fidel Castro were at the helm of their respective countries, Cuba's Ambassador to Jamaica Inez Fors Fernandez has declared that the...

Published:Sunday | December 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

He was an avid bird lover and described himself as 'father' and 'grandfather' to the hundreds of birds he kept as pets from his days in school at St George's College. His favourite was the budgerigar - a long-tailed, seed-eating parrot - usually...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Karl Samuda, who has responsibility for housing and lands, has warned that the Government will not be bullied into paying for lands where there is suspicion about how it was acquired....

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Three years after scores of Jamaica motorists were impacted by bad gas sold at some stations, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) is expressing confidence that the measures instituted since then will make a repeat highly unlikely.The BSJ is also...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) is again warning operators of bars, shops, clubs and other businesses with gaming machines such as poker boxes, that they need to be registered to operate legally.A drive is now on to educate...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When Jeffery Allen was fatally shot in Cross Keys, Manchester, last month, it was alleged that he had attacked members of a community mental health service team who had gone to the community to give him an injection as part of his treatment for a...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

While most Jamaicans are preparing for the usual festivities which surround the Christmas period, more than 40 residents of premises on Fifth Street in Cockburn Gardens, St Andrew, are now homeless and trying to figure out their next move.Among the...

Published:Sunday | December 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

An ambitious target of three weeks for the testing and certification of 80 per cent of all requests from local manufacturers has been set by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) in an effort to...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

More than 100 persons from 20 families with an estimated 80 children have been served with notices to leave a property on Lyndhurst Road in East Central St Andrew, which some of them have occupied for nearly 50 years, and they are not happy."You...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Member of Parliament for St Andrew East Central Dr Peter Phillips has vowed to do all he can to assist residents of 591/2 Lyndhurst Road who are facing eviction.According to the six-term MP, he is aware of the challenge facing the residents of the...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A proposal by principal of The Mico University College, Dr Ashburn Pinnock, for each member of parliament to sponsor a male student to the college's teaching degree programme, in an effort to increase the number of men in Jamaica's classrooms, has...

Published:Sunday | November 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

With estimates of between 500,000 and 900,000 Jamaicans squatting across the island, Manchester appears to have escaped the scourge with no major squatter settlement in the central Jamaica parish.Backed largely by politicians, who quietly support...

Published:Sunday | November 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Plans by the United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman to establish a community college on lands that now house Clarendon College in Chapleton are in limbo as squatters have taken over a section of the property.To compound the problem, the squatters...

Published:Sunday | November 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, took to the podium at the Jamaica Labour Party's 75th annual conference last Sunday, she raised an issue not usually discussed on the political platform: violence...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

After 11 years as a clerk at the Supreme Court, Lloyd Smith was fired last year in what he believes was an unfair retaliation to his complaints about the lack of staff evaluation, the constant changing of his duties, and his concerns after being...

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The weather forecast is for isolated thunderstorms across sections of the island today, but that will not stop thousands of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters who are planning to brave the 'showers' for their trek to the National Arena for the...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) plots is way to a second political term, its leader, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and his top lieutenants, have been busy crafting a plan to attract more women and young people to the political process.The party,...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Outstanding Jamaican educator Keisha Hayle has been selected among the three recipients of this year's Jamaica Education Task Force UK Meritorious Award for education.Hayle, who came to national attention for transforming the St Andrew-based...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Faced with a mountain of allegations against attorneys-at-law, the General Legal Council (GLC) is considering several changes to tighten the rules governing contingency fees charged by lawyers operating in Jamaica.Under a contingent fee arrangement...

Published:Sunday | November 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

On the day he celebrated his first 100 days in office, Professor Dale Webber declared his determination to leave a lasting footprint with improvements in customer service during his tenure as principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI),...

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