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Published:Sunday | March 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Natasha and Brandon Chang are suffering immeasurable pain. The two are children of late businessman Roger Chang, who went missing on March 14 and was found dead with multiple stab wounds the following day. Natasha described their father as the...

Published:Sunday | March 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The land of reggae music festivals, outdoor life and mass gatherings could become a country under COVID-19 medical emergency for the next three to five months, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton believes, which could effectively put...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In what appears to be the clearest signal of a break in diplomatic relations with Venezuela, Jamaica has not only closed its diplomatic mission in Caracas, but has repatriated all assets housed there. The finance ministry, in July last year,...

Published:Sunday | March 8, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

In a subtle criticism of three CARICOM member states for their action in relation to the ongoing Venezuelan political crisis, Vincentian-born political activist, Ambassador David Comissiong, said that the region should be in one accord with regard...

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Opposition leader Dr Peter Phillips and House Speaker Pearnel Charles Sr are both resolute that persons charged with governing the country must ensure that they themselves uphold the law. The senior parliamentarians were responding to a Sunday...

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

Imminent local and legislative elections, widely expected in the first half of 2020, have apparently sent hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans to Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) venues to renew national identification cards issued before 2015....

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

As Jamaica anticipates general election in 2020 the country’s electoral body, the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ), is currently preparing its estimates of expenditure for local government polls due this year, and legislative election also...

Published:Sunday | December 22, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Faced with electricity bills averaging more than $200 million annually, the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has started a US$3.9-million (J$530 million) energy-efficiency programme in two of its hospitals to stem the bleeding of funds...

Published:Sunday | December 15, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Fourteen of 20 academics, lawyers, opinion shapers and other professionals believe the general election bell will ring shortly and Jamaicans will be headed to the polls sometime in the next three months. Three expect poll as early as February, two...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 7:01 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s 18th general election could be held on the voters’ list produced by the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) and published yesterday with the addition of more than 24,000 new voters. The EOJ, in a release, said the names of 71,529 dead...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Attempts by local politicians to cash in on the work of the Red Cross have been rebuffed by representatives of the Jamaican arm of the international humanitarian organisation, which has vowed to keep its work away from their tentacles. The Red...

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The government is to implement a pilot project it hopes will cauterise the traffic congestion choking Half-Way Tree – the St Andrew parish capital – which has pedestrians and drivers alike in fear to traverse the area. Robert Montague, the minister...

Published:Sunday | November 24, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

For the second consecutive year, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Andrew Holness will face party faithful at an annual conference after losing a Cabinet minister under a cloud of corruption. Holness, who is also the prime minister, lost Ruel Reid...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans should be asked to settle issues mooted for several years via referendum at the next general election, among them the repeal of the buggery law and the future of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), according to legal and political...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Anti-gay rights advocate Dr Wayne West and Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexual and Gays (J-FLAG) executive director Jaevion Nelson have found common ground in discussion around the repeal of the buggery law, both stating unequivocally that it...

Published:Sunday | November 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Built on loan and grant funding from the Belgian government, the Half-Way Tree Transportation Centre, which opened its doors in 2008, is more than just a bus park. It’s a recreation ground of sorts, a meeting place, and trafficked by more than 100,...

Published:Sunday | November 10, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The threat of backlash from stakeholders, including the Church and other sectors, has left Government walking on eggshells over the issue of sex education in schools, following a failed attempt to quietly introduce anal and oral sex to the...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is yet to acknowledge Venezuela’s letter seeking US$250 million in compensation for that country’s 49 per cent stake in Petrojam, which was taken back by the Government under the Compulsory Acquisition (Shares in Petrojam Limited) Act of...

Published:Sunday | October 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Andrew Holness administration has pulled the plug on Operation ANTHEM – the Peter Phillips’ era electronic surveillance memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the United States and United Kingdom, signed in 2004 and allowing for the...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Rave reviews for the Government’s handling of the country’s economic programme, locally and internationally, and commendations from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) aside, chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Keith...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Documents, including those that disclose government actions that affect the lives of the population over many years, may be lost to another generation if they are declared of no legal, cultural or administrative value after review by the Archives...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Haunted by ghosts of political interference, allegations of corruption, mismanagement, and the mystery fire in 2011 which razed the record-keeping section of its Half-Way Tree Road head office, officials of the National Solid Waste Management...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A call has been made for the Office of the Political Ombudsman (OPO) to hold orientation classes and refresher courses for individuals preparing to run for political seats to mitigate some of the utterances made on the platform. Orette Fisher,...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Orette Fisher, Jamaica’s former elections boss, now consultant on electoral matters to several countries across the world, said vote buying is a clear and present danger to the electoral process in Jamaica. He described it as a covert and dark...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:26 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Two weeks after the conclusion of its bone-crushing presidential elections, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) attempts at unity appear to be mostly cosmetic, and today’s public session of the 81st annual conference has already hit a sour note. On...

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