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Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

When Rolando Nooks’ father passed away three years ago, his sister was unable to travel for the funeral and made one request of him. Using his mobile phone, the Jamaican streamed the service live for his sibling to view. “I was leaning into this...

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It was a double whammy of inconvenience for Sharon Carter, a vendor in Metcalfe Market, Annotto Bay. Carter, who lives in St Catherine, had just recently been relieved of the lockdown in the parish and is now being affected by the quarantine which...

Published:Friday | May 8, 2020 | 12:26 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Sandra Ferguson resides with her children and grandchildren in a concrete dwelling that is sectioned into four living quarters in the Fort George Road area of Annotto Bay. With 10 of them sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities, Ferguson said...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:54 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It has been more than a decade since two days of torrential rainfall sank the road connecting Aleppo Heights and Cromwell Land in St Mary. The road was fully rehabilitated by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund in partnership with the Aleppo...

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Port Maria Mayor Richard Creary has urged the Government to quarantine two St Mary communities that recorded a total of six new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. Creary was particularly concerned that those who tested positive were reportedly asymptomatic...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-year-old Fitzroy James was a picture of contentment as he sat in a minibus, selling 3,000 pounds of yam, Irish potato, cabbage, and other produce in Barbican, St Andrew, yesterday. He was one of several farmers gathered at a mid-morning...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“Spanish Influenza is still raging through this town. The hospital is very much over-crowded,” read an excerpt from an October 18 Gleaner newspaper. The year was 1918 and Amos Foster was 25 years old, and on the cusp of beginning his medical...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

AMID THE outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Allana Campbell’s family relocated from St Catherine to Stewart Town in Portland. When The Gleaner visited the family’s abode, the 14-year-old was seen perched atop a scaffolding on an unfinished...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Though miles away from home, 16-year-old Jaiden Weir-Jackson is extending her charity to Jamaicans as the Government seeks to flatten the COVID-19 curve. In the coming weeks, reusable cloth face masks that are fitted with charcoal filters will be...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

COVID-19 has unravelled the thread of worship and social cohesion that bind Jamaica’s 6,000 Muslims, but adherents have, like other people of faith, adapted rituals to cope with the new norm of distancing. This reality has become more apparent in...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Chiceta Dacres Brown of Mount Friendship in St Andrew has been sewing reusable face masks to act as a layer of protection against the COVID-19 respiratory disease as the country continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Dacres Brown, a designer...

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2020 | 12:21 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Picking out their own produce at the market was part of their shopping ritual Calvin Renford and his wife relished, but with the onset of COVID-19 locally, the couple has to now explore new means of grocery shopping. They reside in Breastworks,...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2020 | 12:25 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) has received more than 30 reports of price-gouging since a law prohibiting exploitative costing took effect on March 31. Price-gouging occurs when a seller increases the prices of goods, services, or...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican who resides in the United States has launched a food-delivery platform for Caribbean restaurants in an effort to cushion the harsh impact of COVID-19 on business operations. The US has become the epicentre of the virus over the last...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A team at Mona-Tech Engineering Services has embarked on a mission to repair ventilators and biomedical equipment in the island’s public health sector free of charge as the island tackles the coronavirus pandemic. The deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus, which...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:21 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Operations were delayed yesterday as the Central Sorting Office (CSO), the headquarters of Jamaica’s postal service, underwent emergency sanitisation amid the threat of coronavirus contagion from the commingling of staff at a call centre sited...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Thousands of healthcare workers across the island’s four regional health authorities are working daily to help treat, trace, and detect cases of the deadly coronavirus across the island. Since Jamaica recorded the first case of the virus that...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:31 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

They have seen many first looks, heard many first cries, and have been integral to one of the most joyous occasions in the lives of many women – the birth of a child. Charmaine Reid, 66, and Iris Vassell-Murray, 64, are retired midwives who have...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:29 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Caribbean-American Congress­woman Yvette D. Clarke has expressed concern for the thousands of undocumented immigrants living in the United States amid the coronavirus outbreak. The United States has become the epicentre of COVID-19 over the last...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2020 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Dorcia Dennis has been without a source of income since bars were ordered closed by the Government more than three weeks ago in a bid to contain the local spread of COVID-19. But even though the liquor business isn’t in good spirits, Dennis would...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2020 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Residents of St Mary are reeling from the impact of hiked fares and back-breaking pressure carrying loads across a bridge that partially collapsed about a month ago. Heaps of dirt and stone blocking vehicular traffic stand as symbols of the...

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...

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