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Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Some principals of primary and infant schools in North Western St Catherine, who are yet to be given the nod to restart face-to-face learning, are anxiously awaiting approval from the Ministry of Education to do so. The schools that have been...

Published:Monday | January 4, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Sanine Beale, the 25-year-old homeless woman who is currently living at the St Catherine Municipal Corporation’s makeshift tent at the Linstead town centre, did not have to go without food, clothes and other necessaries for the holidays. After The...

Published:Monday | December 28, 2020 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The turnout at the annual Christmas Eve grand market in Linstead was severely affected this year because of COVID-19 fears. Thousands of vendors and shoppers who usually fill the Linstead Market, Rose Duncan Square and several main streets in...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Twelve primary schools in St Catherine have reportedly failed Ministry of Health COVID-19 inspections, sparking new worries that parents will be wary of sending out their children for face-to-face classes in January. The schools were inspected two...

Published:Tuesday | December 15, 2020 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Mayor of Spanish Town Norman Scott has appealed to vendors and shoppers who will be in the public space from December 14 to January 4 – the period reserved for holiday shopping – to be mindful that the virus is still raging in the parish. The...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:12 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries has started the disbursement of relief to 83 fisherfolk from four main fishing beaches in St Catherine and Hunts Bay in St Andrew who have been severely impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic....

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has revealed that there has been an increase in visits to health centres this year, with 1.6 million visits registered since January, 400,000 more than the entire 2019. He is calling on more...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The community surveillance and testing for COVID-19 by the Ministry of Health and Wellness has been receiving moderate response from residents in St Catherine. With some 14 communities visited so far, Marlene Stephenson, senior public health nurse...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Claudia Brown, an unemployed resident of Linstead in St Catherine, was not sure where help would come from to restart her small chicken farm that has been an important source to supplement the family income. Brown was forced to close her chicken...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:14 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Government Minister Everald Warmington has said that while a “complete overhaul” is needed for some roads in St Catherine North Eastern, where breakaways and potholes have multiplied due to recent rainfall, there is not enough funds available for...

Published:Monday | November 16, 2020 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Nightingale Grove in St Catherine are being plagued with a sewage problem that is causing grave health concerns to them. The prevailing narrative from the residents of the more than 200 housing units is that a malfunctioning treatment...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The dental unit of the Sligoville Health Centre continues to improve its capacity to deliver first-class oral healthcare to the citizens of the St Catherine community. The dental unit was non-functional for some time, but was recently renovated at...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Preliminary assessment of the effects of last week’s heavy rainfall has shown that there was no widespread damage to crops or basic infrastructures in St Catherine. Chairman of the St Catherine Disaster Preparedness Committee, Roogae Kirlew, said...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-three students residing in St Catherine, Manchester and St Ann are beneficiaries of the 2020 annual Windalco local scholarship and grants programme. The programme, which has been running for more than a decade, has seen more than $100 million...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:19 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Trapped inside their houses by rising floodwaters, residents in a section of Willowdene in Spanish Town, St Catherine, have had to pool their resources to cover the $48,000 fee charged by a backhoe operator to give them some relief as water began...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Six persons were honoured by the St Catherine Municipal Corporation and the Joint Civic Affairs Committee at a Heroes Day Civic and Awards ceremony in Emancipation Square, Spanish Town, yesterday. Councillor Roogae Kirlew told The Gleaner that...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:28 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

With rising COVID-19 cases in the municipality, the St Catherine Health Department is moving to carry out intensive COVID-19 testing of residents in the 14 nursing homes in Portmore to see whether they have been affected by the virus. Prior to this...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Spanish Town Mayor Norman Scott is calling for a field hospital to be erected in St Catherine as the parish experiences an uptick in COVID-19 cases. He made the call against the background that the parish’s chief public health officer, Grayson...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Tuesday’s torrential rains resurrected a perennial problem in Waterford, Portmore, causing raw sewage to overflow from manholes in the homes of residents and on roadways. The residents are fearful that the community is at risk of serious health...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The death of her older sister on February 29 could have derailed academic success for Shanique McKenzie as she prepared to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations. Her sister was her mentor and study partner who stayed up...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Bellas Gate, a rural farming community in St Catherine, have been crying out for basic infrastructure and job opportunities for its declining youth population. But that lament for improved infrastructure, such as health and community...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2020 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Attorneys representing winning People’s National Party candidate for St Catherine North Western Hugh Graham and the Jamaica Labour Party’s Newton Amos have jointly called for reform to the present configuration of the ballots. Speaking to The...

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2020 | 12:16 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Former government senator Kerensia Morrison has extended the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) streak of victories in St Catherine North East, defeating Oswest Senior Smith of the People’s National Party (PNP) in Thursday’s general election. Morrison...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2020 | 12:22 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Candidates running against strong incumbents in constituencies that are considered safe seats are usually seen as sacrificial lambs. In the constituencies of St Catherine South Western, West Central, South Central, and Central, considered to be...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 12:41 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party (PNP) supporters in the battleground constituency of St Catherine North Eastern are banking on the party’s ground operations to get their newly registered voters to the polling stations in two key divisions in the...

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