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Published:Sunday | December 13, 2020 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Former parliamentarian Ronald Thwaites is calling for the urgent revival of discussions around dual citizenship in the House of Representatives, which a joint select committee began after he tabled a motion in 2010 but were never brought to a...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2020 | 12:20 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In what was another turbulent week in the opposition People’s National Party, Damion Crawford has told The Sunday Gleaner that the movement is being hurt by “political backstabbing”. The PNP vice-president was at the end of sharp rebuke from...

Published:Sunday | December 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Reflecting on his harrowing ordeal since contracting COVID-19, Basil Waite is urging Jamaicans to take the pandemic more seriously, adding that it was only God’s grace which pulled him back from death’s door. In an interview with The Sunday Gleaner...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) will today elect a general secretary to succeed Julian Robinson and a chairman to take up the mantle from Fitz Jackson in a second round of high-level internal elections this month. On November 7, delegates elected...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2020 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Scores of illegal settlers across the island have been legitimised as landowners for properties they have occupied – some for decades – despite concerns that some of these settlements could expose lives, properties and the environment to danger....

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:24 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Win or lose next Sunday when the People’s National Party (PNP) selects its new general secretary and chairman, firebrand Comrade Dr Dayton Campbell has called time on his stint in representational politics for this term, but it may even be longer....

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:26 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Delegates of the People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday elected Mark Jefferson Golding as the political movement’s sixth president in its 82-year history, denying Lisa Hanna a chance to wear the crown. Golding, the member of parliament (MP) for St...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Some Jamaicans in the United States are expressing fear that a win for President Donald Trump in Tuesday’s election will present greater dangers for minorities and further erode gains made over the years. Most are hanging on to hopes for a Joe...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

While the ideological divide and gut-wrenching political violence which dominated the campaign for the 1980 general election have been largely put to rest, there is consensus that unhealthy legacies still linger four decades later. Among them are...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The two presidential candidates for the leadership of the People’s National Party (PNP) last week committed to robust reform of several legislations to empower ordinary Jamaicans, protect them in law and take steps to reverse gains lost by the...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:18 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

COVID-19 has not only claimed more than a million lives around the world, but it is waging a mental and physical war on humanity, creating new and long-term, life-threatening health issues in previously healthy individuals who contract the dreaded...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In a few days, People’s National Party (PNP) presidential aspirants Mark Golding and Lisa Hanna will receive the delegates list to be used in the November 7 internal polls to replace Dr Peter Phillips, which will be conducted by the Electoral...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2020 | 12:14 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The political ghost of the 1983 Grenada revolution is spooking the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela, and concerns are growing in the troubled South American country that the United States will invade it ahead of its presidential elections in...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:15 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Three private laboratories have been granted permission by the Ministry of Health...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:17 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica continues to grapple with the deadly coronavirus pandemic, a scientist is warning that companies could be sending millions of dollars down the drain as they engage some long-established and fly-by-night sanitation companies looking to...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2020 | 6:37 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Late political organising maestro Dr D.K. Duncan and Pearnel Charles Sr were political combatants at best in the public domain during the political cold war of the 1970s and ‘80s in Jamaica, except an unusual bond kept them inextricably linked...

Published:Sunday | September 20, 2020 | 6:34 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Amid the continued rise in coronavirus cases and deaths in the island, there are fears that a shortage of healthcare workers could hurt efforts to combat the virus even as the Government gets going with plans to construct three field hospitals to...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:13 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The opposition People’s National Party (PNP) will need to field a strong group of individuals to fill its eight Senate positions, and former Kingston Central Member of Parliament Ronald Thwaites should be among them, believes public commentator Dr...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:12 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Phyllis Coard’s name has been indelibly linked to Caribbean political history, Lord Anthony Gifford said of the Jamaican who was the lone female among 17 sentenced to lengthy jail terms for the assassination of Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2020 | 12:22 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Days after suffering its most humiliating defeat since the 1980 general election, the political post-mortem is being conducted in the People’s National Party (PNP) and losing candidates, operatives and workers have exposed raw wounds, many of which...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Krystal Tomlinson turned down a number of opportunities to become the People’s National Party’s (PNP) standard-bearer in various constituencies before finally saying yes to her home turf, St Andrew West Rural. The former Miss Jamaica Festival Queen...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Given the current upward movement in the number of cases of the coronavirus locally, there are concerns that some Jamaicans – possibly entire communities – could be under government health quarantine orders, restricting their movement and their...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Political watchers have theorised that if Prime Minister Andrew Holness fails to summon Jamaicans to the polls in the next 30 days, he could risk a wipeout of the political capital he has built up with recent polls showing his Jamaica Labour Party...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

It took 13 years and at least 94 court appearances before 10 judges and four prosecutors before a murder case against Lynford Allen was tossed for lack of evidence. It’s a situation Justice Minister Delroy Chuck admits should not have happened. Allen,...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

With another Cabinet minister in the Andrew Holness administration stripped of portfolio responsibilities over a controversial land arrangement and another thrust under the microscope over contracts awarded to a public-relations firm, one political...

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