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Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:15 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Residents of Vineyard Town in Kingston have reacted with shock to news of a COVID-19 outbreak at the Golden Age Home in the community. On Tuesday, the Minister of Health and Wellness reported that a cluster of cases had been found at the home after...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:11 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Residents of Plum Lane off Whitehall Avenue in St Andrew are on tenterhooks following last Friday’s beheading of two men in the area, triggering fears of a possible reprisal because of the gruesome nature of the crime. So terrified are they that...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2020 | 12:17 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Two bullet-riddled bodies with heads severed, which were found at Plum Lane off Whitehall Avenue in St Andrew, have triggered an intense probe by senior investigators of the Major Investigation Division who are working diligently to piece together...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2020 | 12:17 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The National Works Agency (NWA) is blaming Jamaica’s decades-old drainage problem for flooding and subsequent damage to roadways across the island after heavy rainfall. NWA Executive Director E.G. Hunter told The Gleaner that a master drainage...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:07 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A number of crime-plagued communities could be blacklisted by transport operators contracted to pick up and take home staff from several firms, including call centres, as a number of attacks on their routine late-night trips have left one driver...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:14 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The 27 migrant farmer workers who reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus at an apple farm in Vermont in the United States last weekend are all Jamaicans, Champlain Orchards confirmed yesterday. In a telephone interview with The Gleaner, a...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2020 | 12:19 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The police force again plunged into mourning late Tuesday following a fatal traffic crash in which several of its members were also injured. Dead is Woman Detective Sergeant Maydeen Blackwood. Blackwood, who was pinned in the vehicle for...

Published:Friday | October 2, 2020 | 12:15 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Despite a 60 per cent drop in missing children reports between March and August this year when compared to the corresponding period last year, there remains a real concern over the safety of the nation’s young. While the COVID-19 pandemic may have...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:17 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Disbarred real estate attorney Jennifer Messado, who is facing several fraud charges, has been released after spending a week behind bars for breaching a civil court order. The court had sanctioned her for six weeks’ imprisonment. Justice Kissock...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2020 | 12:15 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Grass-roots activists have urged the Holness administration to enlist community leaders in enforcing coronavirus compliance, using their outsize influence and, perhaps, muscle, to maintain health and public-safety laws. Despite painstaking pleas by...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2020 | 12:08 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Knowing the opposition from his dad which would meet his decision to purchase a motorcycle, Constable Kamal Foster waited more than a month before breaking the secret to his dad. Last Saturday, roughly six weeks since the day of truth, the 29-year-...

Published:Monday | September 21, 2020 | 12:11 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Prisoner rights activist Carla Gullotta has reiterated her call for the release of juveniles and low-risk inmates, proposing that at least 300 all told be freed from correctional facilities . Her advocacy comes hours after the Ministry of Health...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 12:17 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Wayne Wallace is the son the late D.K. Duncan never had. Wallace grew up in the impoverished Maxfield Park community known as ‘Frog City’, where he came under the mentorship of the politician who he says changed his life forever. The 57-year-old...

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2020 | 12:16 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

It is a recurring debate among residents every time they are swamped by floodwaters after a heavy shower of rain: Is White Lane in Waterhouse, St Andrew, a street or a gully? Yesterday, as the roadway, which links Penwood Road to Henley Road, was...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:15 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Less than two months after expressing optimism that the Jamaica Single Window for Trade (JSWIFT) would be a game-changer in the vehicle importation industry, dealers are fuming. Stakeholders’ blunt verdict is that JSWIFT is just too slow, resulting...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2020 | 12:10 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The St Andrew South police are investigating Monday’s daring daylight murder of a man at the entrance to the Maxfield Park Comprehensive Health Centre shortly after the facility was opened. The incident reportedly sent several persons scampering...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2020 | 12:14 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A visually impaired woman and at least five members of her family, including a 10-month-old infant, were spared injury when fire gutted their three-bedroom house on Arthur Jones Avenue, located off Waltham Park Road in St Andrew, on Wednesday. The...

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2020 | 12:15 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has urged councillors to continue the charge against the spread of the deadly coronavirus as the twin-parish leads the nation with positive cases. The call for greater attention to be placed...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

People’s National Party (PNP) supporters in St Catherine South East admit that Robert ‘Big Rob’ Miller, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate in Thursday’s general election, has made his presence felt in the constituency. They, however,...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2020 | 12:00 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Director of Elections Glasspole Brown is taking a wait-and-see approach to determine whether the withdrawal of temporary election day workers because of quarantine threats from employers will affect operations at polling stations islandwide when...

Published:Monday | August 31, 2020 | 12:18 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Residents of Somerset district in St Andrew East Rural said, in mid-August, that the last time they saw their member of parliament, Juliet Holness, was during her campaign for the seat in the 2016 general election. From deplorable roads to no...

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2020 | 12:18 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

COVID-19 and the nightly curfew restrictions imposed by the Government have hit an elderly Mannings Hill Road vendor in his pocket, after being the target of thieves three nights this week. Vendor of 25 years, Everton ‘Shut’ Richards, 58, said he...

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2020 | 12:15 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

People’s National Party (PNP) supporters from St Andrew Eastern say that they are not perturbed by the results of the latest Gleaner-commissioned Don Anderson poll of 300 registered voters in the constituency which showed incumbent Fayval Williams...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2020 | 12:25 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has cleared the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) of claims of excessive billing linked to the smart meters installed between January 2017 and June 2019 even as it continues to probe complaints lodged this year....

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2020 | 12:24 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Two cops attached to the St Thomas Police Division are among the latest to have contracted the coronavirus, while approximately 100 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force JCF) are in quarantine because of exposure to contacts of suspected or...

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