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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...

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 1:49 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

For Bridgette Spence, her 10-year-old grandson, Derrick Palmer, is a changed person. She credits this change to the Friends of a Child Help Foundation, which has mentored him for the past four months. Spence was contacted by of the vice-principal...

Published:Tuesday | October 15, 2019 | 12:21 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, tasked to promote the learning of Mandarin, is banking on plans to expand its reach with a new, larger facility. The institute was the first to be opened in the Caribbean in...

Published:Monday | October 14, 2019 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Associate language professor at the University of Technology, Jamaica, Dr Rohan Lewis has asserted that Jamaica needs a larger corps of translators and interpreters. “One of the economic ministries is looking at the expansion of the tourism market...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:33 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Stung by widespread criticism of public remarks about the “Nicodemus in the night” arrests of former education minister Ruel Reid and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Fritz Pinnock, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has withdrawn what he...

Published:Thursday | October 10, 2019 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Businesses along Riverton Boulevard on Spanish Town Road were flooded yesterday afternoon and operations halted. Christopher Nakash, chief executive officer of Nakash Construction, said the flooding began about 3:30 p.m. “The river can’t handle...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:22 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Language Unit at The University of the West Indies, Mona, is advocating for the use of Jamaican, otherwise called Patois, as the initial language of instruction at the early childhood level. The unit’s coordinator, Dr Joseph...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With a vision to pass on the love, the KaGra Foundation in South Florida has touched many lives over the last 17 years. It began after founder Derry-Ann Morgan lost her best friend, Kameisha Grant, in whose memory the foundation is named, as she...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson, has said there are no instruments locally to record lightning activity but from anecdotal evidence, there has been more lightning in recent weeks. “Climate change suggests that we...

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Coordinator of the Jamaican Language Unit at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr Joseph Farquharson, has asserted that there is still a stigma attached to Patois, otherwise called Jamaican creole, because it was born out of the island’s...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Translators and Interpreters' Association of Jamaica will today launch a translation competition, paying homage to cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley. The decision was made to include Patois against the background of the United Nations...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has halted the importation of a common heartburn medication, Ranitidine, with immediate effect. The move followed a report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other international bodies...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has made a plea for more resources to be given to the office she has held since November 2015. “I have a communications adviser, she is a volunteer given to me by a foreign country [for six months]. That...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Orette Fisher, electoral consultant and former director of elections, last week pitched a solution to the problem of flags and other paraphernalia which remain in constituencies after an election period. Sharing that he has observed elections in a...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:18 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has noted that the island’s infrastructure has become obsolete and is not able to withstand current weather events. “Jamaica is now experiencing longer and more intense periods of drought, followed by shorter and...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Fontana Pharmacy handed over a framed storyboard about cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley to the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) on Tuesday. The ceremony, which was held at the JLS’s Tom Redcam Drive headquarters, formed part of the 100 days of...

Published:Thursday | September 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans needing diagnostic services will have other options besides public-health facilities come October. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has forged a partnership with 10 private radiology and diagnostic service providers across the island...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Young leaders have called for wider public education about the Office of the Political Ombudsman, which was established in 2002. The 19 young leaders met with Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown last Friday in a forum commemorating the 14th...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It’s largely a guessing game when the more than 25,000 blind Jamaicans pick up a local bank note. While there are distinguishing marks at the edge of each banknote which can be felt to reveal what denomination it is, several bills in circulation...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

At six years old, she was enrolled in a Kingston-based primary school, knowing only about five consonants and a couple vowels. She wasn’t able to sound out any words and she had a few sight words but not enough to be able to read a sentence. The...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Learning Innovations for Autism Management (LIAM) is on target to create an inclusive educational system that supports children with autism. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that prevents people from understanding what they see, hear...

Published:Tuesday | September 17, 2019 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The name Father Richard Ho Lung has become synonymous with the poor in Jamaica. Today, he celebrates his 80th birthday and he desires for Jamaicans to become more charitable towards the poor. Forty years ago, he founded the Missionaries of the...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has revealed that 48 Jamaicans have sought the ministry’s assistance in locating relatives in the Hurricane Dorian-hit Bahamas. Already, some of them have been located. “Efforts to locate others are...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It was euphoria and high energy for the Big 185! After its first publication on September 13, 1834, The Gleaner showed no signs of slowing down yesterday morning and kicked off the festivities with a grand road march in downtown Kingston. Led by...

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