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Published:Wednesday | August 4, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

There seem to be a waning resistance to the idea of the municipality of Portmore becoming Jamaica’s 15th parish on the part of some residents who spoke at the joint select committee of Parliament virtual town hall meeting last Thursday. Since the...

Published:Monday | August 2, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

In a fervent display of will and determination, the Hermitage Women For Peace, in association with the Sizzla Youth Foundation and the August Town Peace Builders, staged a peace march on Sunday to register their opposition to the continued...

Published:Thursday | July 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

As citizens of Portmore were drawn into the discussions for the first time on the issue of their municipality becoming Jamaica’s 15th parish, concerns about well-defined parish boundaries, infrastructural development and revenue fallout dominated a...

Published:Tuesday | July 27, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Rogue transport operators whose unlicensed vehicles have had to be seized multiple times by the police should have their property forfeited to the State. That’s a recommendation by Senior Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie, head of the Public...

Published:Monday | July 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Gang feud erupted in the Park Lane community off Red Hills Road, Kingston 19, on Saturday, leaving one family in deep distress after gunmen shot three cousins who were members of the family, killing two, and injuring a third. Another man, believed...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Fire of unknown origin completely destroyed a building that housed the administrative offices at the Hydel Group of Schools along Mandela Highway in St Catherine yesterday morning, just before the start of external examinations. There were no...

Published:Wednesday | July 21, 2021 | 12:12 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

West Indies Home Contractors’ (WIHCON) plan to build 328 town houses on lands in Westchester, Portmore, will not trigger the eviction of businesses and a church that occupy the property. Concerns have lingered since WIHCON’s announcement of the...

Published:Monday | July 19, 2021 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Reported allegations of sexual abuse committed against children, although seeing a decline in 2020 over 2019, has prompted children’s advocate, national rapporteur and specialised justice expert Diahann Gordon Harrison to call for an expansion of...

Published:Saturday | July 17, 2021 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Residents of 38 Valdez Road in Homestead, St Catherine, are demanding justice following the shooting death of 19-year-old Kevon Morgan, a tiler who was allegedly shot and killed by Jamaica Defence Force soldiers about 11:30 a.m. in the community...

Published:Saturday | July 17, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

After incurring massive losses since it was commissioned into service in 2016, the operations of the Linstead Transportation Centre will now be regularised. Plagued by extortion schemes, the failure of taxi and minibus operators to use the facility...

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

A 48-hour curfew imposed in Naggo Head, Portmore, since 6 p.m. Monday has not calmed the fears of residents, who believe that more violence will arise from two killings on the weekend. In the first attack, 69-year-old Paulette Brown of West Bank,...

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

Twenty-year-old Whitney Sinclair just can’t wait for the next crisis to conquer. The Glengoffe, St Catherine, native has bounced back better from just about every adversity and is carving out niche global markets in Africa, Europe, and North...

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

Deadly gun violence that erupted in Hermitage, St Andrew, on the weekend, has driven fear into a grieving family and forced the abandonment of a peace march in August Town. Dadrian Shaye, 33, was reportedly shot in the head and his one-room wooden...

Published:Friday | July 9, 2021 | 12:12 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Councillors of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation have almost unanimously demanded that they receive similar allocations as members of parliament under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF). All 63 members of parliament are allocated $20...

Published:Friday | July 9, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Forty-four-year-old Christopher Gordon has struggled all his life, but was never able to pull himself up out of poverty. Living near the highway in a 36-square-foot shack with dirt floor in the community of Vanity Fair, Linstead, was all he could...

Published:Monday | July 5, 2021 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

As darkened skies hung over communities along the Gordon Town main road on Sunday, the pitter-patter of rainfall on zinc roofs was a haunting soundtrack that reminded residents of the catastrophe that unfolded eight months ago. Tropical Storm Elsa...

Published:Saturday | July 3, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The St Catherine Disaster Management and Preparedness Committee says it is fully prepared to mitigate any fallout from Hurricane Elsa. Chairman of the committee Roogae Kirkew says the operational centre from which all responses will be generated...

Published:Thursday | July 1, 2021 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The St Catherine North police have launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sunday’s mysterious death of seven-year-old Tianna Russell of New Works in Linstead, St Catherine. Detectives have taken into custody the girl’s 39-year...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

There were screams. Then blood. Now a cloud of fear weighs heavily over Cane River. Tension prevails in the Bull Bay, St Andrew, community after three persons, including reputed gang leader Christopher Linton, otherwise called ‘Dog Paw’, were...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Government has committed to addressing the chronic shortage of building inspectors that hampers oversight and potentially threatens safety standards in a city teeming with construction projects. Prime Minister Andrew Holness was...

Published:Saturday | June 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the Greater Bernard Lodge master plan will see a new development that will serve as a model for others islandwide. Holness, who had instructed in 2019 that the development master plan for the Greater Bernard Lodge...

Published:Thursday | June 24, 2021 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Cooks and chefs from childcare facilities in the Corporate Area and St Catherine were treated to a dazzling display of fine culinary skills at a Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA)-sponsored training seminar on Wednesday. The event...

Published:Wednesday | June 23, 2021 | 12:12 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has sought to calm fears that the opening of the new Green Acres Police Station will be delayed until drainage woes plaguing the low-lying St Catherine community are remedied. Prime Minister Andrew Holness...

Published:Tuesday | June 22, 2021 | 12:11 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Although not currently on the local police’s radar for any crime, 53-year-old Dean ‘Boobie Skeng’ Cooke, who was among Jamaicans seeking illegal entry into the United States by boat last week, has reportedly been in and out of prison for most of...

Published:Monday | June 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A 38-year-old taxi operator who endured two days of threats and was reportedly taunted by mobsters at shallow graves with worm-infested human remains has been freed after his family paid a $400,000 ransom. Now he is living in fear that they will...

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