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Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

There is only one piece of information Sherene Gayle wished the father of her child had not kept a secret. She still does not know how long he suffered from poor circulation in his legs but said, “he started to speak up when it was way too late.”...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Education and Youth State Minister Alando Terrelonge has called for Jamaicans to reject the creeping normalisation of violence, especially with 40 child fatalities this year. The state minister warned parents that they did not have the right to...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:32 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Eight-year-old Laviana Thomas did not give the slightest smile as she attended a special luncheon yesterday. Nor did her mother, Jodi-Ann Miller, who accompanied her. The two were among families gathered for the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF)...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Forty Cuban medical professionals were on Monday welcomed to the island under the Technical Cooperation Agreement signed between Jamaica and Cuba. Senior director of human resource management and administration in the Ministry of Health and...

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Health-sector stakeholders have faulted the Government’s failure to invest in customised medical facilities as a key contributor to Accident and Emergency departments becoming a powder keg of emotion, marked by the anger of patients and the fatigue...

Published:Thursday | November 21, 2019 | 12:30 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

More than a week after a war of words and wills between a doctor and a politician at the Bustamante Hospital for Children stoked public outrage and empathy, the Government has announced that it will be expanding its compassionate care programme to...

Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2019 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Ainsworth Williams has been the principal of John Austin All-Age School in Clarendon since January of this year. Prior to his appointment, he was not trained in financial management, a skill needed for the bursar responsibilities which fall in his...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 8:58 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Reverend Jayson Downer, president and founder of Men of God Against Violence and Abuse, believes that while sociologists note that there has been a significant increase in presence in the home, fatherlessness remains a concern in Jamaican...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

National Coordinator of Mentoring a Nation (MAN) Michael McAnuff-Jones has asserted that the strengthening of fathering in Jamaica requires the re-­education of women. He said that mothers have been significant in downplaying the role of fathers...

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Through its mobile learning and assessment unit, the HEART Trust/NTA has been providing on-the-spot assessment and certification of youth with various skills. Certification is offered in customer service, make-up artistry, bartending, painting,...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:28 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Yvonne Foster was the only woman among the almost 60 veterans represented at the National Memorial Service and Parade honouring military personnel who served in World Wars I and II. The 62-year-old, who never served in either World War, joined the...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Despite having a budget that is constantly short of $7 million, the Kingston Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) continues to be a haven for unattached young boys and those in need of special help. Throughout its existence, the association...

Published:Saturday | November 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Change. That’s the message that inspires teenagers at Pembroke Hall High on a warm Monday afternoon, embracing a bigger mission than their frolicsome schoolmates fraternising on the compound after a long day of classes. Jahime Ashley is testament...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:35 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

She smiled from ear to ear as she walked up to be presented with the Clarice May Gore scholarship. Shereece Bryan was one of the more than 60 students of The Mico University College who were recipients at the annual awards ceremony, held on...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Binil Sebastian recalls that her son, Vivek Attupuram, began counting when he was just one year old. That’s how she knew he would have a knack for numbers and problem-solving. “He used to ask some good questions – how things worked – and he was...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Darriane Taylor’s bareknuckled battle with depression has left him with scars that he now wears with pride as a badge of honour, and he believes that his life story will inspire others to be survivors. The Seventh-day Adventist recently graduated...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It might not be such a stretch to say St Patrick Grandison was destined to teach. Realising his calling, he began to wet his feet in the profession at 16 as a volunteer teaching mathematics and music at Port Maria Primary School in St Mary. He was...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Not wanting to disappoint her parents, Oneilia Bryan was on course for a career in the legal field when a question from a teacher jolted her to reality and made her switch paths. “Do you see yourself doing this for the rest of your life?” Bryan...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Lt Com Devon Foster was a picture of fulfilment as he spoke to The Gleaner aboard a vessel in the Kingston Harbour yesterday. Having migrated to the United States at the age of 13, he was happy to be home once again. This was no ordinary trip. Nor...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

United Nations (UN) Day 2019 was celebrated globally last Wednesday. Jamaica’s celebration was themed #iAmtheSDGs, meaning, ‘I am the sustainable development goals (SDGs)’. The UN recognised the global challenges countries face and outlined 17...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-one-year-old Nastacia McFarlane is a product of the phrase ‘one and ready, two and drive’. Her mother has been in the taxi business for as long as she can remember – first as a taxi operator for a company and now as an entrepreneur, a...

Published:Saturday | October 26, 2019 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Failure to pay over outstanding funds to University of Technology academic staff in a near-decade-long salary dispute triggered strike action at the Papine-based institution yesterday, but the administration has blamed the Government for being...

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

An expert has asserted that the failure to revolutionise the country’s education system to usher in new methods of teaching to make students crave information would be a betrayal of the nation’s children. Speaking at the inaugural Education...

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2019 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

When Carol Clarke got around the steering wheel of a Lada for her first driving lesson, the 20-something showed the diminutive Russian-made motor car that she had bigger beasts to conquer. Her spunk so impressed her driving instructor, a Mr Miller...

Published:Saturday | October 19, 2019 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Michelle Scarlett became pregnant the summer after her grade nine year while she was attending Montego Bay High School in St James. She was only 14 years old and her father had thrown her out of the house. The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation...

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