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Stories by Judana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s Ministry of Health and Wellness has advised that the Trump administration’s decision to halt overseas shipping of personal protective equipment (PPE) from the United States is unlikely to affect the country. The US is grappling with a...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

FLOW Country Manager Stephen Price has suggested that business leaders lean on the strength of team members as they seek to lead through the disruption of COVID-19. COVID-19 has impacted various local industries and forced many companies to...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican doctor is appealing to Prime Minister Andrew Holness to allow for the temporary use of an Internet-based platform for the dispensing of prescriptions. Managing director of DigiScripts, Dr Leslie Samuels, believes that the technology...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) will be seeking to remedy the glut of farm produce on the local market with an injection of $240 million. COVID-19 has dealt a crippling blow to the hotel industry and has...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Trucks loaded with food and other essential items were gifted to four charities for donation to Jamaica’s neediest and vulnerable as the country grapples with the economic and social fallout from COVID-19. At the handover ceremony on Monday,...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

THEY STROLLED from various directions and converged along Church Street in downtown Kingston, the vast majority before the 9 a.m. breakfast time. Sunday was the launch of the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation’s (KSAMC) special feeding...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:25 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As concerns heighten over the vulnerability of Kingston’s homeless population to the novel coronavirus, Local Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie said that the Government is in a race against time to retrofit a facility...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Locally produced 3D face shields could become available for healthcare workers who are on the front line of the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. Jamaican authorities are seeking to ramp up the supply of gear for doctors and nurses, with the World Health...

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:18 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke has maintained that the Government’s approach to cushioning the impact of COVID-19 in Jamaica is to target those who are most affected. COVID-19 has disrupted the income of many Jamaicans...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:28 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Candidates registered to sit Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) May-June 2020 exams will be assessed using a modified process, the result of a policy decision taken by the council. More than 30,000 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

LOUIS O’CONNOR, a resident of Kentish in St Catherine, has planted more seeds on his farm to guard against food shortage amid the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. When Jamaica recorded its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus on March 10...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:25 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“Run fi di six!” he shouted to his teammate as the ball made its way to the mango tree in the distance. A strip of asphalt at Junction crossroads, St Catherine, was their pitch, and with little to no traffic passing by, their game of cricket was...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

AN UNEMPLOYED mother of six, who requested that her name be withheld, is the head of one of the more than 130,000 families who receive benefit through the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH). “I wasn’t working ‘cause I had...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

More than $23.5 billion was paid out to Jamaican families registered with the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) between 2014 and 2019. Benefits are provided under the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to children,...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

All Jamaican airports and seaports will be closed to incoming passenger traffic effective today, at 11:59 p.m., as the Government increases its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. Incoming and outgoing cargo as well as outgoing passengers will...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is reporting a 30 per cent decline in revenues as the number of people using public transportation shrinks daily. Schools and universities haved closed since March 13. At the same time, an increasing...

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2020 | 12:18 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Nestled in Irish Town, St Andrew, on a multi-crop farm is a sustainable farmhouse built from mainly natural materials. The Mudhouse is representative of a modern design using a traditional construction method, wattle and daub. It is...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Principal of Old Harbour High School, Lynton Weir, has suggested that schools proceed on the Easter and summer breaks should COVID-19 sweep Jamaica. All infant, primary, and secondary schools, as well as tertiary institutions, have been ordered...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:18 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Dwayne Gordon is a resident of Riverton Meadows who is engaged in scrap-metal trading. The bulk of the items he trades for cash are salvaged from the community dump that hoovers up all the solid waste generated in the Corporate Area. But when...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Online food delivery services are sinking their teeth into bigger profits as Jamaicans skip crowded restaurants and opt to stay indoors in line with a COVID-19 ban on mass gatherings. Starting yesterday, the Government imposed crowd-control...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Though issued a strict warning on the weekend that their licences could be confiscated, some taxi operators have continued to deny nurses their services. “We have gotten other reports across other parishes but not Kingston of the practice...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It was less than two hours before 2 p.m. yesterday and fewer than 10 customers milled about between the Cross Roads Market meat and ground provision areas that serve some communities in Kingston. But come today, there may be a rush at that time...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:30 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With social distancing becoming the new normal in the wake of 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jamaica, more people have been seeking medical attention through telemedicine. Telemedicine is the remote delivery of healthcare services such as...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:32 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Government is working to expedite the delivery of vital hospital equipment in anticipation that COVID-19, the infections disease caused by the novel coronavirus, will peak here in about eight weeks. This is based on modelling...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican employees who are subject to quarantine or isolation for the novel coronavirus should not lose that vacation leave entitlement during that time, says Dunston Bryan, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health...

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