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Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government is yet to incorporate pharmacists into its COVID-19 vaccination drive, months after sector players qualified to administer shots indicated their willingness to participate in the exercise to boost take-up of the jabs. Since The...

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Disgraced Jamaica College Principal Ruel Reid yesterday inked a multimillion-dollar deal at the eleventh hour with the St Andrew-based boys’ school he led for 14 years. The last-minute settlement was reached to avert his return to the Old Hope Road...

Published:Sunday | November 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Education Regulations (1980), which detail the procedures and processes to all aspects of the governance of school life in Jamaica, is outdated and long overdue for an overhaul, according to former Education Minister Maxine Henry Wilson. The...

Published:Sunday | November 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Education is yet to respond to Jamaica College after the board of the St Andrew-based high school sent it three recommendations on how to settle the imbroglio with the in-limbo Principal Ruel Reid, whose special leave is set to...

Published:Sunday | November 7, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Ten weeks after Eustace Wilson indicated his willingness to be vaccinated and after 15 residents lost their lives to COVID-19 in Cocoa Walk and the surrounding areas of Marlie Hill in Manchester, the 81-year-old is yet to receive a single jab...

Published:Sunday | October 31, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A breakaway from the local Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church denomination has established a commune in the deep bowels of St Mary, preparing for the Second Coming, with little to no plans of interfacing with the Government or the rest of the...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:09 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Danville Walker, one of two members named by the Government to sit on the board of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), has dismissed claims by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) that it was unaware of the theft-deterrent programme...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Like other Comrades weary of the political enmity dogging their political movement, former Vice-President Mikael Phillips is longing for an end to the long winter of internal discontent that has beleaguered the 83-year-old People’s National Party (...

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It started out as a Twitter spat between Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Mark Golding over the Government’s COVID-19 vaccination blitz tours islandwide, which were supposed to include the Opposition to show unity and encourage...

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2021 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Karen Cross’ expulsion from the People’s National Party (PNP) last month comes 67 years after Marxist Richard Hart and three others were booted from the political movement in 1954 for their alleged communist views. Also expelled with Hart were...

Published:Saturday | October 9, 2021 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) is entering the week of its 83rd annual conference fresh from a battering in opinion polls, public bickering and its application of the strongest disciplinary measure in recent years with the expulsion of former...

Published:Saturday | October 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A planned multibillion-dollar tourism investment for the prime oceanfront in Little Bay, Westmoreland, is hanging in the balance as a group of investors are being frustrated with efforts to evict hundreds of squatters from the property. The...

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2021 | 12:05 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Kenyan diplomat Dr Monica Juma is hoping to become the consensus candidate for the position of Commonwealth secretary general after heads of government of the 54-country bloc rejected attempts to have the incumbent serve an automatic second four-...

Published:Saturday | October 2, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A number of Jamaicans who have emigrated to Ethiopia decades ago, heralding what they call a return to the motherland continent, are living a nightmare in the East African country, which many Rastafarians still wish to one day call home. The...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A People’s National Party (PNP) councillor with eyes firmly set on succeeding Dr Peter Phillips as the member of parliament for St Andrew East Central when he retires has purchased the Lyndhurst Road property on which individuals aligned to the...

Published:Saturday | September 25, 2021 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In an apparent response to cries from individuals in remote locations across the island to secure vaccination against the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Ministry of Health and Wellness is seeking the assistance of private pharmacy owners and other...

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) believe they receive the harshest treatment among public sector workers who commit infractions that lead to disciplinary action resulting in suspension or interdiction. In fact, there are some police...

Published:Sunday | September 12, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It’s a story of hate – across all sectors, continents, and among all populations. Not even those shouting loudest opposing vaccination against the deadly unseen monster like it. It’s the unwelcome visitor that people wish would go away and never...

Published:Sunday | September 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

At the end of 2020, the Ministry of Health had recorded 18 COVID-19 deaths from 612 cases in Manchester. Before the end of January 2021, the central Jamaica parish became a worry for health officials, who said that 43 out of every 100,000 residents...

Published:Sunday | August 29, 2021 | 12:08 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s most famous state of emergency (SOE) detainee, retired Speaker of the House of Representatives, Member of Parliament and Cabinet minister, Pearnel Charles Sr, said he would never have spent 283 days in detention at Up Park Camp in 1977...

Published:Sunday | August 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Nearly a decade after talks began, trained pharmacists, with competence and certification to administer vaccines, are still unable to do so because of an unnamed legislative hurdle. The health professionals say they have been lobbying for the...

Published:Sunday | August 22, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Pauline Knight, the esteemed public servant and wife of retired politician and veteran attorney-at-law K.D. Knight, died on Friday night, becoming one of more than 1,300 local victims of the deadly coronavirus.

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:11 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Trouble is once again brewing in the People’s National Party (PNP) ahead of its September annual conference, with tensions already at fever pitch in central Jamaica over an expected contest to challenge sitting Region Five chairman, Hopeton McCatty...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite numerous promises made over the years by Jamaican politicians to remove the Commonwealth’s great-grandmother as Head of State, Queen Elizabeth and her heirs still have the final say here. The proposal to break ties with the monarchy has...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:35 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When the Organization of American States (OAS) gave the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) 48 hours notice that it would be discussing Cuba among its membership, the community’s ambassadors in Washington, DC, were asked to provide a response before noon...

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