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Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 12:00 AM


Portia Simpson Miller


The prime minister and People's National Party (PNP) president indicated that she had received the touch of her master and the time had come for her to put candidates at the political starting gate. Simpson Miller also promised that Jamaica would have a happy Easter, a clear indication that the election will be over before the holidays.


Don Anderson


His latest poll, which shows the PNP leading the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) by four percentage points, was all the talk in political circles and the social media, even as persons held their collective breath for the next Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson polls.


Dr Peter Phillips


The finance minister was crowned the 2015 Gleaner Man of the Year and immediately declared that his success was due to the work of a team. But it was not all accolades for Phillips as senior members of the Jamaica Labour Party argued that he was not worthy of this prestigious award.


Leroy Palmer


The JLP caretaker councillor for the Hayes division in Clarendon led the paper after he sent up prayers to God asking him to cause PNP supporters to vote for the Jamaica Labour Party.


Juan Gonzalez


The United States deputy assistant secretary of state, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, endorsed Jamaica's economic programme even as he made it clear that the US was prepared to work with any party which forms the next government.


Alejandro Vares


The general manager of Carib Cement Company Limited hit the headlines as he announced that his company plans to spend some US$30 million over the next 15 months to boost its production.


Barrington Watson


The renowned artist died at the age of 87 at his house in Kingston after ailing for some time.


George Carter


Hundreds of Jamaicans paid tribute to the theatre pioneer who died in the United States. Carter, popularly known as 'Mr C', had an illustrious career in theatre and was awarded the Silver Musgrave Medal in 1972. He would have celebrated his 100th birthday on April 5.