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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...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

HOUSE SPEAKER Marisa Dalrymple Philibert remains in legal hot water as the General Legal Council (GLC) – the regulatory body for the legal profession – continues to probe allegations of professional misconduct made against the prominent attorney...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 12:53 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

With no recorded political ambition, Jesus – who Christians believe to be the Messiah and Saviour of mankind from sure destruction – is being called on by senior members to rescue the People’s National Party (PNP). Last week, the 82-year-old PNP...

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

When news broke Wednesday that Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated, it was another poignant moment for former parliamentarian Sharon Hay-Webster, who recounted her experience in 2004 when she was charged with the responsibility of...

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

When Guyana – on the 41st anniversary of the murder of its scholar, the enigmatic political activist and lecturer Dr Walter Rodney – announced that it would take steps to clear his name and legacy, including changing the cause of his death from ‘...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has been bludgeoned in an audit by its parent ministry – Local Government and Community Development – which revealed widespread financial reporting breaches of government...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Heavily criticised for years for losing its way politically and divorced from core values on which it was founded, the People’s National Party (PNP) has tapped the expertise of Brown University Professor Anthony Bogues to chair its policy/vision...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Julian Robinson keeps his cool in the most challenging circumstances, but since becoming a father, patience has become a mantra for the third-term member of parliament (MP), who often finds himself in family witness box, being questioned by his...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Mikael Phillips, member of parliament (MP) for Manchester North Western, is father to daughters 18-year-old Isabel, a soon-to-be University of the West Indies (UWI) psychology student, and Gabriela, 16, a fourth-former at Campion College. The third...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Only a resignation as an elected representative can remove George Wright from his new seat on the Opposition benches in George William Gordon House, despite how unwelcome his presence may be for members on that side. The Westmoreland Central member...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When the COVID-19 pandemic suddenly upended the tenuous existence of parents and children in sections of the parish of Westmoreland, the Rockhouse Foundation, which was already providing the major meal for almost 150 early childhood and primary...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Howls of denials by Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie that no political interference or ministerial overreach was at play at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) were rubbished last week after the contents...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

George Wright, the legislator elected to the Lower House last September on a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ticket as one of its 49 members, remains in that position despite condemnation amid an uproar over a viral video in which a man was seen beating...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A day after Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith named former Senator A.J. Nicholson as the People’s National Party (PNP) official who sent her threatening and harassing emails in 2014 and 2018, Nicholson has called her out, challenging...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:27 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Hundreds of Jamaicans suffering from cancer at various stages were without radiation treatment for more than a month after the machines at St Joseph’s and Cornwall Regional hospitals (CRH) broke down in the last two months. Treatment resumed last...

Published:Sunday | April 25, 2021 | 12:33 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

An independent commission to investigate questionable conduct of lawmakers in the Houses of Parliament and make binding recommendations is urgently needed, according to opposition senator Lambert Brown. Such a commission, with powers similar to...

Published:Sunday | April 18, 2021 | 12:20 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

As the La Soufrière volcano continues to shower St Vincent and the Grenadines with uncertainty and discomfort, several Caribbean islands and non-governmental organisations have been rallying to help the eastern Caribbean country through the...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:20 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Public-sector teachers have been spurning requests to record lessons delivered via online video platforms to allow students who may have missed concepts or were unable to log in to virtual classrooms to rewatch or review classes in their own time...

Published:Thursday | April 1, 2021 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Doctors in private practice, with the support of pharmacists, continue to prescribe the antibacterial, antifungal drug Ivermectin for patients with adverse COVID-19 symptoms despite the Ministry of Health and Wellness not giving the drug its...

Published:Sunday | March 28, 2021 | 12:05 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Moved by the crisis facing local hospitals, a number of overseas-based Jamaicans have been pooling resources to prop up the public health sector with much-needed resources. But as thieves continue to prey on hospital resources, others have washed...

Published:Friday | March 26, 2021 | 12:06 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

When Nurse Jodeen Gayle began planting vegetables and other cash crops a few years ago, she was sowing seeds she hoped would grow a relationship with her absentee father, a man she first met at 12 years old. While the harvest was bountiful, the...

Published:Sunday | March 14, 2021 | 12:27 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A year after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, as it sent lives and economies into free fall, videos of elderly relatives crying on the shoulders of their children and grandchildren in the Unites States have...

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2021 | 12:21 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Audrey Sewell has served at least 10 ministers in more than 40 years in the public sector. And the woman known for her impeccable ensemble is clear that she is the accountable head of the ministries and agencies under her portfolio, and that the...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Weeks after three former police chiefs rapped parliamentarians for their lethargic approach to enacting new legislation to curb lawlessness across the island, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has likened the quality of drafting instructions being sent...

Published:Sunday | February 28, 2021 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

More than two centuries after the Moravians landed in Jamaica, a little girl named Lucinda Beverley (now known as Lucinda Grace Peart) was born. By age 12, she had conquered the highest levels of educational assessment in Jamaica for pupils,...

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