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Stories by Erica Virtue

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) has listed dialogue between rival gang members, community leaders, the police, and representatives of social agencies as a major springboard for peace in the historic community of August Town, St...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Her memories run a gamut of childhood excitement, growing pains, maturity, migration, and deep personal loss.She identifies herself only as Greta, one of five siblings who grew up at 70 Bond Street, the Denham Town, west Kingston property which was...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A combination of smart, high-school dropouts and barely literate unemployed and youths provide a dangerous cocktail for much of the violence which has ravaged the historic St Andrew community of August Town, which is a stone's throw from the...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Despite a reduction in political violence in Jamaica since it was established, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding still believes there is a need for the Office of the Political Ombudsman.Golding, one of the first signatories to the creation of a...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

As government, schools and the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) bemoan the movement of science and mathematics teachers to greener pastures overseas, Dr Garth Anderson, president of the JTA, has pointed to another area of teacher shortage.At a...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Delegates of the People's National Party (PNP) signalled a seismic shift in its operation yesterday as they gave the most votes to the two youngest of the candidates for the four vice-president posts.When the result of the vice-presidential election...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Poor governance, lack of accountability and transparency in the public sector have been cited among the leading reasons for increasing voter apathy towards the Jamaican political process, making it unattractive not only to millennials but to...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The People's National Party (PNP) is trying to put the lid on a boiling cauldron in its organisation in central Kingston following reports of a possible challenge to sitting Member of Parliament Ronald Thwaites for the chairmanship of the...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is planning to capture at least 50,000 businesses in its islandwide Jamaica Survey of Establishments (JSE) now under way.The JSE, the first of its kind in independent Jamaica, will see the data...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The human rights organisation Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is urging state-operated hospitals to honour the right of families for independent pathologists to observe post mortem of loved ones.Executive director of JFJ Rodje Malcolm said that the...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

After 45 years as a marriage officer, Suffragan Bishop of Kingston the Right Reverend Robert Thompson's run came to an abrupt end recently when the Registrar General's Department (RGD) seized his marriage register and stripped him of the right to...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Seven years after it was dubbed 'A bight without a boat', the Clarendon-based Caribbean Coastal Management (C-CAM) Foundation now has more than one boat, and it is confident that it is now positioned to deal with present and future challenges.The...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Approximately 3,000 delegates should be on the voters' list when the People's National Party (PNP) elects its four vice-presidents come September 15.Six persons, incumbents Dr Angela Brown Burke, Dr Fenton Ferguson and Dr Wykeham McNeill; and new-...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

An interesting battle is shaping up inside the People's National Party (PNP), with three newcomers and three of four incumbents now nominated for the four vice-president posts in the 84-year-old political party.Incumbent Noel Arscott has thrown in...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

In November 2015, Texas-born attorney-at-law Suzanne DuBose closed her law practice, sold everything she had and decided to live her dream of travelling to all 197 countries in the world.Three weeks ago, she travelled to country number 85, Haiti,...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

With abortions being illegal in Jamaica, there is no official count on the number being done locally each year, and the estimate differs greatly, depending on which side of the divide one falls.For those in favour of legalising abortions, the number...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

"It's cruel. It's inhumane. It's the worst thing a government can ever do to a child whose future it has ruined," said a hurting Yvonne Beckford, grandmother of Tajay Rowe, the boy who suffered brain damage during his birth to his then teenage...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The intersection of Gold and Barry streets in central Kingston came alive yesterday with an exhibition of art and craft showcasing the creativity and talent of children and at-risk youths in the communities in Parade Gardens.The exhibition, which...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Hundreds of residents occupying a property in Westmoreland, which has Kathleen Eugster and her late husband John as the registered title holders, are petitioning the Government through Cabinet member Karl Samuda, to do for them what was done for...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The waves crashed angrily against the rocks separating the road from the sea in Little Bay, Westmoreland, last week, in what residents claimed was its vexation about the efforts to evict them from the property they have lived on for decades.Louise...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Bombarded daily with images of what the 'ideal' young female should look like, some students at the Corporate Area-based Ardenne High School have moved to redefine those stereotypes.The students, with the support of teachers, are riding a wave of...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Itching, breathing difficulty, and allergic-type sinusitis were among the top complaints of staff who got ill at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), which is currently undergoing significant overhaul and upgrade to eradicate mould, which has been...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Squatters have taken control of a property under the nose of the island's political leaders, despite their repeated declarations to address this epidemic.An undetermined number of families are now living on a government-owned property next to the...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 11:12 PMErica Virtue

Paula McKay, a Jamaican who spent more than 30 years in the United States before returning home, is disappointed by what she believes is the growing disparity between the rich and the poor in Jamaica.McKay, one of several residents who participated...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Residents of Nannyville Gardens are demanding that the Government ensures that the country gets full value for every cent of taxpayers' money spent.They are also urging the Andrew Holness administration to ensure that there is transparency in how...

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