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Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The discarded general manager of Petrojam, Floyd Grindley, is seeking $40 million from the state-owned oil refinery on the grounds of wrongful dismissal and reputational damage, The Sunday Gleaner has learnt. Sources say that Grindley’s letter to...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:33 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Entrepreneur extraordinaire. Gentleman. Sartorial general. Friend. Husband. Daddy. These were some of the adjectives used to describe the late Charles Alexander Moore, who was yesterday remembered by a packed Boulevard Baptist Church congregation...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Badly stung by two by-election losses in less than a year, which has reduced its numbers in the House of Representatives to 28 seats, the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) says that it is not about to roll over and play dead as it eyes...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Two senior literature critics have showered praise on author Marlon James who, along with cosmetics doyenne, Britain-born Pat McGrath, is one of two Jamaicans listed by TIME Magazine among the 100 most influential people in the world. The last...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:32 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has admitted that it has faced barriers to its efforts to vaccinate Jamaican girls with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine that aims to dramatically reduce vulnerability to cervical cancer in adulthood. A January...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

The dengue fever and influenza outbreaks have delivered a blow to the Government’s programme administering the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to grade seven girls across Jamaica, resulting in only 400 students of the entire current national...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

A hail of bullets shattered the early afternoon peace in New Kingston yesterday, leaving one man dead and another rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) when gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a car in the parking lot near Knutsford Express...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

Constituents in Portland Eastern on Thursday overturned Jamaica’s notorious by-election low turnout tradition by registering in excess of 50 per cent votes, but even more abnormal was the surge between mid-morning and the close of polls....

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue - Senior Gleaner Writer

East Portland constituents in the Damion Crawford camp are demanding an economic revival for the mainly farming region, and they want a surge in jobs and road improvement to lead that transformation. “We facing a warm time as farmers,” lamented...

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

Damion Crawford, the charismatic People’s National Party’s (PNP) candidate in Portland Eastern, said he will not be buying truckloads of fast food to feed his constituents because he respects them too much. Instead, he is selling something – self-...

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

Without batting an eyelid, Ann-Marie Vaz, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) candidate for Portland Eastern, shattered the ‘bad boy’ image of her husband, Daryl Vaz, when she revealed that when she first laid eyes on him, he was just another ‘Joe...

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

Fresh from returning from Nigeria’s parliamentary elections, held on February 23, Jamaica’s former election boss, Orette Fisher, says that the Caribbean nation should move towards a fully digitised voting process by introducing computerised elector...

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

The teaching profession is without a sexual harassment policy despite years of reports of inappropriate heterosexual and homosexual contact between students and teachers in Jamaica’s schools, some of which have led to the arrests of adults in the...

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

Both the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have crafted a policy on sexual harassment to especially protect women from abuse, exploitation, and career suicide. Non-adherence could land individuals in serious...

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

There is consensus that all Jamaican mothers should benefit from full pay for the first three months after giving birth, a bipartisan canvass of four female parliamentarians by The Sunday Gleaner has revealed. The four parliamentarians,...

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

Nearly one year after his sudden departure from his job as director of elections in the middle of a court fight for the non-renewal of his seven-year contract, Orette Fisher last week told The Sunday Gleaner he would never enter representational...

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

FAIRY HILL, Portland: A maddening road blitz is currently under way in the constituency of Portland Eastern, some starting even as a Sunday Gleaner team toured sections of the constituency, which will have a by-election on March 25. Nomination day...

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

Professional associations representing doctors, lawyers and business people say they would not support the muzzling of members who seek political office. Their comments come in the wake of revelation of a concept paper by the Ruel Reid-led Ministry...

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

Although electronic voting will not be used in the pending Portland East election, almost all election-day workers will be drawn from outside the parish to ease concerns about possible irregularities in the high-stakes constituency race. Director...

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

There is no sexual harassment policy governing Jamaica’s public-health institutions, including at the Caribbean’s premier teaching hospital and at the Ministry of Health, despite that sector employing thousands of workers performing medical and...

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

Sexual harassment is rampant throughout Jamaica’s public hospitals and clinics, and predators have been emboldened by a culture of impunity and a wall of silence, The Sunday Gleaner has learnt. No one is immune. Although the sample size of the non-...

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