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Stories by Asha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The fresh tyre skid marks along Valdez Road, off Old Harbour Road in St Catherine, is proof of speeding motorists through the community. This has caused disgruntled residents to erect blockades on either side of the roadway to force undisciplined...

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Twelve years after the closure of a blood donation centre at the Spanish Town Hospital (STH), a new unit was reopened on Tuesday. The reopening of the facility is expected to alleviate the inconvenience usually suffered by blood donors, who were...

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Still on edge a week after the ear-splitting sounds of gunfire in a deadly daylight attack shattered the peace in Spanish Town last Tuesday, even the sound of a motorbike driving by is enough to strike fear into traumatised people in the Old...

Published:Monday | June 20, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

When his wife of 10 years, Joan Tomlin Jones, died in 1988, James Jones faced the test of a lifetime that even his broad shoulders may have found difficult to bear. That challenge included fulfilling his obligations to his four daughters – Sofia,...

Published:Saturday | June 18, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Locals in crime-weary St Catherine are not only banking on the Government to save them from the bloody tide wreaking havoc especially in the capital, but are also sending up prayers to the heavens for a reprieve from the violence. While Prime...

Published:Thursday | June 16, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The tension was palpable in Spanish Town yesterday as residents, commuters, and business operators nervously faced the ripples of the aftershocks of a daring deadly daylight gang attack in the St Catherine capital a day earlier, which triggered...

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has initiated an investigation into a suspected fish kill in Dawkins Pond, off Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine. Hundreds of dead fish washed up along the coastline about 10 p.m. on...

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2022 | 12:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Locals are expressing a burning desire for the authorities to breathe new life into the crumbling structures in the historic Emancipation Square in the Old Capital and make it once again attractive to tourists as the island celebrates 60 years of...

Published:Friday | June 10, 2022 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

In hopes of bringing the community of March Pen in Spanish Town, St Catherine, closer together, local churches have sought to collaborate with Andrew Wheatley, member of parliament for St Catherine South Central, where the community is located, to...

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2022 | 12:12 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The Tivoli Gardens High student charged with assault after a classroom brawl with a 56-year-old teacher on Monday has claimed that he acted in self-defence. Speaking with The Gleaner on Wednesday with the consent of his mother, Debraly Coleman,...

Published:Tuesday | June 7, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

When a familiar car pulled up to the emergency unit at the Spanish Town Hospital on Sunday night, Kirk Barrett’s sister did not anticipate that she would be in for the shock of her life as her 21-year-old brother was among four men killed in a...

Published:Saturday | June 4, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

“The sufferation is over,” Lelieta Morgan, the first daughter of 58-year-old Beverly Toban, proclaimed as her mother joined the list as one of the recipients of a home through the Government’s New Social Housing Programme on Friday. At the handing...

Published:Friday | June 3, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

With underage gambling putting children at increased risk for substance use and abuse and poor academic performance, parents are being urged to look out for indicators such as gambling paraphernalia, significant sums of money unaccounted for,...

Published:Friday | June 3, 2022 | 12:07 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Fifty-three-year-old Clarendon resident Evadney Morrison is in need of urgent heart surgery to clear blocked arteries and restore a sense of normality to her life, having been on a roller-coaster journey for the past five years. The condition,...

Published:Thursday | June 2, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Despite the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) remaining overstaffed in established job positions, Paul Abrahams, managing director at JUTC, says the surplus was essential to maintaining the operations of the state-run organisation. Speaking...

Published:Thursday | June 2, 2022 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

If you’re searching for a calm, family-friendly environment with traditional, delectable Jamaican cuisine, look no further than Pretty Close. Tucked away in the secluded Gordon Town community, with the additional incentive of cool water from the...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2022 | 12:07 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The adoption of Port community systems (PCS) in Jamaica is expected to bolster the efficiency and effectiveness of enterprises who import and export cargo, replacing an archaic, paper-based system used by Jamaica’s port controllers. In a Gleaner...

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

St Andrew East Rural Member of Parliament Juliet Holness has suggested that people are being paid to facilitate dumping of garbage and other waste in the Hope River, a situation which has caused concern for residents of Kintyre, who fear it places...

Published:Friday | May 27, 2022 | 12:40 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Homeowner Emmanuel Yisa is hoping that a tour by officials yesterday will spur much-needed action to address a long-standing flooding problem in Harbour Drive, where an unfinished gully channels floodwaters on to properties even as it erodes them,...

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2022 | 12:13 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Desmond McKenzie has signalled that persons who believe that dumping garbage in the nation’s drains and gullies will generate more jobs will be left sorely disappointed. “Not over my dead body....

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2022 | 12:12 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

David Minott was remembered by academic staff and fellow students of Wolmer’s Boys’ School as an exemplary human being and a ‘man of God’ who never missed an opportunity to encourage or use his infectious smile to brighten the faces of others. The...

Published:Tuesday | May 24, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Randy Finnikin says that 23 years ago, God gave him a vision to build up the desolate areas surrounding what is today the Institute of Vocational and Professional Training (IVPT), the training arm of the St Catherine-based Spring Village...

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Despite a shortage of nurses islandwide, several recent nursing graduates are expressing frustration at being unable to land jobs in the public health sector. A group of 2021 University of Technology, Jamaica graduates, who have also been...

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Rajiv Maragh, who rose to prominence as a racehorse jockey and is well-known within the diaspora, has ambitions of further investments in his native Jamaica. Maragh began this journey last year, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in November...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The family of 26-year-old Omar Hewitt and Navardo Brown, 21, who were killed in a three-vehicle crash in February, have expressed frustration with the pace and progress of the police investigation. Nickeisha Walters, sister of Hewitt, said the...

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