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Stories by Erica Virtue

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A provision in the proposed Data Protection Act to exempt parliamentarians from culpability if they disclose personal data during a sitting of either House did not find favour with participants of a recent round table discussion on the legislation...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The chronic water problem facing residents of Marlie Hill in South Manchester should be alleviated somewhat with the opening of a water shop in the community.The facility houses eight 2,000-gallon black drums and will provide water to residents of...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

For three years, Clive Marriott was shuttled from one police lock-up to another in St Catherine as he waited for trial on a rape charge. By the time he was convicted, Marriott had lost his sight, having contracted a bacterial infection while in the...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A rift between some residents of Cross Keys in South Manchester and the committee overseeing the operation of its community centre has resulted in the playing field now being under-utilised and the high school's playground being overworked.The...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Cancer of the anus is not a homosexual curse, nor is it an unusual occurrence, experts are informing.Gynae oncologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr Matthew Taylor, said that cancer can develop on any part of the body, including...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Religious leaders marching on Jamaica's old, murderous, and criminal capital, Spanish Town, preaching, praying and calling for Jesus' blood to wash the town clean has been done before.But the bloodletting has continued. So have the robberies,...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Hundreds of disheartened Jamaicans have been swarming the offices of human-rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) seeking help to get redress for reports of police abuse.Many of them have cited cases of torture and illegal detention, resulting in...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 2:52 PMErica Virtue

Hundreds of Christians descended on Spanish Town and its environs in a religious march dubbed Spanish Town Belongs to Jesus. Led by Tarrant Baptist Church Pastor Reverend Jeffrey Shuttleworth, they started at the Jubilee Worship Centre on Valdez...

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

Human-rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is calling on the Government to urgently act on agreed amendments to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Act, given the decision of the Appeal Court two weeks ago to bar the body from...

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

Twenty-four years after Irwine Clare and friends stretched out their hands to help Jamaican students attending the Penn Relays in Pennsylvania, United States (US), little did he know that he was planting a seed that would grow into a huge tree known...

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

Prime Minister Andrew Holness' administration has purchased at least 18 high-end, high-maintenance motor vehicles at a cost of approximately $190 million, despite his promise days after winning the 2016 general election to discontinue the practice...

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

Recently resigned Director of Elections Orette Fisher says he feels betrayed after submitting his resignation to Dorothy Pine McLarty, who leads the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ).Fisher yesterday told The Sunday Gleaner that there has been...

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

Concerned that too many persons in leadership positions across Jamaica are avoiding punishment for criminal and ethical breaches, Allison Peart, Ernst...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:45 AMErica Virtue

Militant teachers, by a massive margin, yesterday voted to reject the Government’s latest wage offer, and ordered their executive to return to the bargaining table. During a special conference at the Wolmer’s Boys...

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

In reality, it will not be an acting post, but whoever is elected the new member of parliament for St Andrew North West tomorrow will be put on probation by the residents, who are demanding performance.Dr Nigel Clarke of the Jamaica Labour Party (...

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

The bad blood between petroleum marketing companies and the dealers has again bubbled to the surface with members of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association (JGRA) alleging that a climate of hostility and malice is marring the relationship and...

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

More than a decade after east Kingston businessman Danhai Williams and six others were charged with 87 counts of fraud involving the Operation PRIDE scheme operated by the National Housing Development Corporation (NHDC), there has been no new...

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

Uncertainty is clouding operations at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) where Director of Elections Orette Fisher is in court fighting a decision by the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to send him packing.To compound the matter, Fisher is...

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

At least 20 employees of the Jamaica Cultural Development Corporation (JCDC) who were granted an 'unscheduled' incremental increase some four years ago will be allowed to keep the money.However, they will have to work an extra year to qualify for...

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

PersonS interested in becoming Jamaica's next commissioner of police have until February 21 to submit their applications to the Police Service Commission (PSC), with the selection expected to be made before the end of next month.The PSC yesterday...

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

Chairman of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) Dr Wykeham McNeill last Wednesday called on the Andrew Holness administration to stop playing politics with the roadwork programme under way islandwide as a result of a rainy...

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

For most of her journalism life, Janice Marjorie Budd held centre stage, telling riveting stories of people's lives.Yesterday, the story of her life was told, and it was one that described a true professional, a sister, a friend, a colleague, a good...

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

For the last four years, every time the clock strikes 12:20 p.m. on January 20, Shackelia Jackson remembers the shout of "Nakiea!" by her aunt who screamed into her cellular phone on that fateful day in 2014.That was when Shackelia received the news...

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:47 AMErica Virtue

Hundreds of residents in communities in South Manchester are now seeing a ray of hope after the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) started rehabilitation work in the area. The residents had complained of frequent lengthy breaks in electricity...

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

The proposals surrounding the creation of an office of an Information Commissioner have raised the first red flag in the Data Protection Act now being considered by a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament.The legislation provides for a...

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