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Published:Tuesday | November 30, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Winston Williams believes he was not vindicated by the very system he thought would protect him after being accused of a rape nearly 40 years ago, an act he insists he did not commit. But after serving an eight-year sentence, he has still not been...

Published:Wednesday | November 24, 2021 | 12:14 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A man believed to be of unsound mind who allegedly murdered his 46-year-old mother in Greater Portmore, St Catherine, was fatally shot early Tuesday after going on a rampage in which he attacked security guards and hijacked a motor vehicle. The...

Published:Tuesday | November 23, 2021 | 12:12 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Orangefield and Orangefield Village in St Catherine took to the streets on Monday, blocking access roads to force the National Water Commission (NWC) to address the supply crisis affecting the adjoining communities for more than a...

Published:Tuesday | November 23, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Corporal Lorenzo Haughton of the St Catherine North police traffic department has berated some owners of public transportation vehicles who employ unskilled drivers to operate passenger vehicles. “Some persons just have this thing that they can...

Published:Thursday | November 18, 2021 | 6:52 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

“Well mi a tell you it rough! The water crisis up yah really tough. Mi have to go way down a one spring fi get water,” said Veronica Bryan, a resident of Jambos Pond in Glengoffe, St Catherine, who vented her frustration over a long-standing water...

Published:Wednesday | November 17, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

After experiencing some level of hesitancy, the vaccination drive in Port Royal has picked up steam, with some 115 persons turning up at the vaccination site on Saturday to receive first and second doses. Community leaders said they were pleased...

Published:Tuesday | November 16, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

In the wake of a rare disease that has decimated watermelon farms in St Elizabeth and Manchester, lettuce cultivators in the southwestern region of the so-called Breadbasket Parish are facing huge financial fallout from a similar scourge. Akeem...

Published:Monday | November 15, 2021 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

As part of the One Ocean Expedition expected to run until 2023, Jamaica welcomed on Saturday the Norwegian vessel Statsraad Lehmkuhl, one of the world’s largest sailing ships, to the historic Naval Dockyard in Port Royal. The vessel, currently on a...

Published:Friday | November 12, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

In a damning criticism of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), councillors attending Wednesday’s general meeting of the Portmore Municipal Council accused the state agency of playing politics with garbage collection in the...

Published:Tuesday | November 9, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

RESIDENTS OF Above Rocks and the adjoining Retirement community are now experiencing regular power outages that are causing untold discomfort for them, as the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) continues to search for solutions to stem the...

Published:Tuesday | November 9, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

An expansion of additional storage capacity at AstroJam Limited, a local agricultural cultivation and distribution company based in Bluntas, St Elizabeth, has been cited as paramount to Jamaica’s food security and import substitution. Acting...

Published:Tuesday | November 9, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party (PNP) President Mark Golding said the party is in full preparation mode for the upcoming local government elections, which are expected by February 2022. Golding, who is also opposition leader, presented the party’s full...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The nightmare scenario of going to bed and waking up each day with a feeling of hopelessness and the increased possibility of dying any minute by the bullet has become the harsh reality for some residents of Gregory Park in Portmore, St Catherine,...

Published:Monday | October 25, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

While residents of the Glengoffe hometown of alleged Montego Bay cult leader Kevin O. Smith expressed outrage at the reported death ritual that transpired at his Pathways International church last Sunday, family members say they will stick by him...

Published:Friday | October 22, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

After experiencing a near-death experience when his car plunged into the Rio Cobre after it blew a tyre and he was saved by the heroic efforts of Flat Bridge divers on May 8, Jermaine Scott has reciprocated. On Saturday, joined by his sister...

Published:Thursday | October 14, 2021 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

With the Government focused on delivering 70,000 housing solutions in five years under its private-public sector cooperation initiative, four developments in St Catherine are on course to provide more than 3,000 units. Housing, Urban Renewal,...

Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Despite pilot projects instituted by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to stem the illegal extraction of electricity, the problem still continues to haunt the company. According to the JPS, in July of 2014 when the electricity regularisation...

Published:Monday | October 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The incidence of electricity theft among mainly poor inner-city and squatter communities has been diagnosed as a deep cultural crisis that cannot be addressed by technology alone. That is the view of Anthony Clayton, Alcan professor of Caribbean...

Published:Wednesday | October 6, 2021 | 12:05 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The Portmore Climate Change Park, an ambitious joint-venture project between the city of Hagen in Germany and the Portmore municipality which started in 2016 and should have been completed in 2018, has hit a snag. However, Portmore Mayor Leon...

Published:Tuesday | October 5, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Despite it being a no-movement day due to the pandemic, a number of residents packed up and made hasty retreats from of a section of Eleven Miles in Bull Bay, St Thomas, out of fear of reprisal shootings after two murders in the area early Sunday...

Published:Monday | October 4, 2021 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Sunday’s dramatic stand-off between the police and an angry crowd, and an enraged 69-year-old man accused of abusing his adult son, serves as a wake-up call that sufficient staffing and other resources must be pumped into mental-health care, a...

Published:Friday | October 1, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Sidelined former People’s National Party (PNP) parliamentarian Kern Spencer has chastised dissident members for sowing discord in the beleaguered political movement. He has also urged rival factions to stop inflicting wounds and accept that they...

Published:Thursday | September 30, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The St Catherine Health Department has said that it is unable to pursue enforcement measures to have a decade-old problem of raw sewage flowing from manholes in the middle of some streets in New Works housing scheme as there are no responsible...

Published:Wednesday | September 29, 2021 | 2:44 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

VACCINE HESITANCY and preference are rife in St Elizabeth, forcing health officials to embark on public education campaigns to encourage more persons to take the available vaccine. Health officials have disclosed that there is evidence of a...

Published:Tuesday | September 28, 2021 | 12:12 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A mystery disease causing their watermelons to rot on the inside while appearing perfect on the outside, has caused several St Elizabeth farmers to halt cultivation of the fruit to stem mounting financial losses. The farmers said that at first,...

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