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Stories by Erica Virtue

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),...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

American hotelier Richard Gregor has one major wish for next year, more Jamaican tertiary students for seasonal employment in his three hotels.Speaking with The Sunday Gleaner from Lake George in New York recently, Gregor had nothing but praise for...

Published:Sunday | November 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Youth leaders and business operators who participated in the latest Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) are urging Jamaicans to make more effort to learn Spanish, which is increasingly becoming a major communication language in sections...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Moravians, Methodists, Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists have all been bitten by the scourge of squatting, with persons, sometimes with the assistance of politicians, taking over church lands.The Sunday Gleaner last week confirmed that some...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Seventh-day Adventist and the newer religious denominations in Jamaica have seemingly escaped the scourge of squatting, which has thousands of acres owned by the established churches occupied by squatters.The Reverend Garnett Roper, who for...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Residents of Brown's Land, better known as 'Portmore Lane' in south- eastern St Catherine, have welcomed moves by the Andrew Holness administration to regularise their squatter community.Having occupied the lands for decades, the residents expressed...

Published:Sunday | October 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Residents of Cassia Park in east central St Andrew have asked co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Keith Duncan, to take a message to the Government. They are demanding details of the deals with the Chinese who are...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As the Jamaican market continues to be flooded by foreign goods, participants in the latest Gleaner On the Corner with the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) forum made a strong call for more protection for local products.The residents of...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A medical technology platform developed to, among other things, prevent prescription fraud, has received endorsement from doctors, medical consultants, and pharmacists, but its creator, Dr Leslie Samuels, is awaiting the green light from the...

Published:Sunday | October 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Squatters have taken up residence in an abandoned property metres from the Supreme Court building in downtown Kingston, with their bedrooms overlooking the parking lot of the court.The property, which is privately owned, is currently being occupied...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Several Jamaicans are forging doctors' signatures to secure strong pain-relieving drugs such as morphine and pethidine, raising fear among pharmacists that the country could be facing a growing abuse of prescription narcotics.At a meeting last...

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

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has gone to the Attorney General's Chambers for advice on how to handle disputes involving individuals and health institutions about demands for medical records.According to Tufton, he decided to seek the legal...

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

Twenty-nine years after business leaders brainstormed for ideas to stem the tide of violent crimes, especially homicides, and created Crime Stop as a reward programme for safe and anonymous information, there is a satisfaction that no caller to the...

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