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Published:Sunday | January 22, 2023 | 1:35 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When Yola Gray-Baker learned of the financial scandal unfolding at Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL), where some 40 clients were reportedly defrauded of billions of dollars, she felt the same sick feeling of the 1990s financial saga, in which her...

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2023 | 1:28 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Mecheck Willis is 72 years old and lives in a one-room dwelling on Whitehall Avenue in St Andrew, the rent being paid by members of his church family. The meagre earnings from his street vending are not enough to sustain him. His sparse goods of...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2023 | 1:36 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Stung by the 2022 Supreme Court ruling that the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) could not be forced to maintain the 60-year-old underground electricity system in the upper middle class community of Hope Pastures in St Andrew, the residents are now...

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2023 | 1:03 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Without a doubt, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce’s majestic run to win an unprecedented and possibly unmatched fifth World Athletics Championships gold medal in 2022 – 13 years after winning the first one in 2009 and at age 35 – should be unchallenged for...

Published:Sunday | December 25, 2022 | 2:02 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

She wakes up each day giving thanks for life and vows to make it better than the day before for the children of Jamaica, especially those in need of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA). She is Rosalee Gage-Grey, chief executive...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2022 | 6:34 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Sheila Cottrell is a grieving mother with regular high blood pressure readings more than doubling what science deems normal. Her blood pressure skyrocketed when her son, Leroy Brown, aka Dave Roy, from Top Hill in Clarendon, vanished in October....

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born British fraud examiner Karen Bailey is urging Jamaicans to step up their vigilance during the Christmas season when there tends to be a jump in fraudulent activities. “Protect your banking details. Make sure your credit and debit card...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Richard Pandohie is prepared to surrender some of his constitutional rights as the Government battles to reduce murders and other violent crimes, but the Seprod Group of Companies CEO is very clear that all Jamaicans should be required to submit to...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2022 | 12:41 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Richard Pandohie harbours no doubt that Jamaicans have the capacity to blaze a trail on any world stage and in any field, even when not given the best of starts. For decades, his fellow countrymen have been tapping into their creativity and...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica has come a long way since the 1980s when citizens inflicted with HIV/AIDS faced rabid discrimination and stigmatisation. In the immediate years after the first case of the disease was reported in Los Angeles in 1981, it was noted to mainly...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The once-thriving community of Rollington Town in Kingston still shows signs of its former glory of large middle-class houses on sizeable lots with 60-year-old architecture and matured fruit trees of varying types throughout the area. Pothole-...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) members and supporters gather at the National Arena in Kingston today for the public session of its 79th annual conference, among the members of parliament expected to be on the platform is Marisa Dalrymple-Philibert...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Novelette Grant had anticipated that at least one female would have been on the panel which interviewed her for the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) top job in 2017. Instead, as she sought to become the...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Marisa Dalrymple Philibert has sought a judicial review of the General Legal Council’s (GLC) decision not to dismiss the misconduct case against her brought by the children of the late Clinton Clarke for her handling of his estate. At the pre-trial...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born British fraud examiner Karen Bailey believes Jamaica needs to enact more far-reaching legislation to counter identity theft, scams and a range of financial crimes, as it is still unprepared for the slew of ills that can be spawned in a...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2022 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has scoffed at the call by the opposition People’s National Party for him to resign over the deaths of 14 babies over a four-month period from a bacterial outbreak at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Dr Jennifer Mamby-Alexander suspected she had breast cancer three years before she was officially diagnosed. During self-examination one day, she discovered a tiny grain in her breast and was sent to do a mammogram in the same United States-based...

Published:Sunday | October 30, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Six years after the Government promised to rehabilitate the Broadgate, St Mary, thoroughfare, linking it to other corridors in the parish, the project is still in limbo and a constant source of frustration for residents and motorists. The major...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2022 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

From child soldiers in some African nations to forced marriages of girls, some as young as eight years old, in the Middle East, United Nations Special Representative for Violence Against Children, Dr Najat Maalla M’jid, believes the current world...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2022 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Hailed as a visionary and charismatic titan, indelibly changing the business landscape wherever he goes, Jamaican/Canadian billionaire businessman Michael Lee-Chin was on Thursday inducted into the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Hall...

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2022 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaican-Canadian billionaire Michael Lee-Chin cannot, without contradiction, be described as a hard-nosed businessman, but his knack for picking winners and his golden business touch have created worldwide footprints – and he seems to be just...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2022 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Public sector workers currently on – or those seeking to embark on – maternity leave will have to wait a while longer for the full payment of the third month’s salary, as the announced policy did not come into effect last Friday, as promised. Up to...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2022 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It would not be the first, second, or third time that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has attempted to help the hemisphere’s poorest nation get a grip on its internal problems, which are reaping murder, mayhem, and kidnappings, exposing Haiti as...

Published:Sunday | October 2, 2022 | 12:46 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Even as she welcomes housing developments that have changed the landscape of Kingston and St Andrew in recent years, former Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Director General, Dr Barbara Carby, believes the country is...

Published:Sunday | September 25, 2022 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the People’s National Party (PNP) is to decide whether the party will substitute the term ‘democratic socialism’ for ‘democratic left’, an apparent cosmetic change to the political party’s ideology that it...

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