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Stories by Asha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | February 3, 2023 | 1:41 PMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Vice chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Sir Hilary Beckles, declared on Tuesday that “the time is now” for a revolution of the educational system in Jamaica. He was speaking at the Terra Nova All Suite hotel in St Andrew, where the...

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2023 | 1:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Media practitioners have been challenged by a state broadcasting chief to “go back to the basics” in ensuring that quality and accuracy are not sacrificed. “The practitioners of today, including those who are the gatekeepers, editors, we don’t pay...

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2023 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Spring Village in Old Harbour, St Catherine, have expressed dissatisfaction with the limited to no information from the offices of the National Works Agency (NWA) regarding the status of the community bridge which was closed to...

Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2023 | 1:01 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The procurement of 600 body cameras over the next two months is expected to bolster the police force’s evidence-gathering capacity and help challenge dubious claims of innocence from motorists ticketed for traffic violations. That declaration...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2023 | 12:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Noted Jamaican physician Dr Margaret Dingle Spence will be representing Jamaica and the wider Caribbean at the global level after she recently accepted an invitation to serve on The Lancet’s commission on cancer and health systems. Dingle Spence...

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2023 | 12:57 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

As it celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, Promise Learning and Training Centre, a St Andrew-based special education institution, attributes its longevity to the fervent care, love, and passion for teaching students in a way to help them...

Published:Friday | January 27, 2023 | 1:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Parents of children diagnosed with a learning disability or autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are being advised to reconsider decisions to enrol them in the traditional school system as they may struggle to grasp their lessons without enough...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2023 | 1:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans have been urged to reject the stereotype of skill-based professions as a last resort for youth who are not academically proficient. Dr Taneisha Ingleton, managing director of the HEART/NSTA Trust, called for greater focus on training and...

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2023 | 1:12 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

With one of the major celebrations for lovers around the world fast approaching, some local party supply stores are concerned that a global helium shortage will cause them to miss lucrative sales opportunities and the anticipated February 14...

Published:Monday | January 23, 2023 | 6:17 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The Government has been urged to deepen its investment in palliative care to improve access to disadvantaged Jamaicans in rural parishes. That appeal was made by Dr Margaret Dingle Spence, senior medical officer of the Hope Institute Hospital, the...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2023 | 1:33 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans are being urged not to panic or lose faith in traditional banking and higher-risk investments in the wake of multimillion-dollar internal fraud cases at several financial institutions. But with reports of more than $1 billion being...

Published:Monday | January 9, 2023 | 12:43 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Residents of the Old Capital, Spanish Town, believe they have not been receiving adequate representation at the St Catherine Municipal Corporation since the resignation of Councillor Kenisha Gordon in April 2020. Speaking with The Gleaner last week...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2023 | 1:35 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Spanish Town, St Catherine, have expressed discontent at the slow pace at which several badly deteriorated roads leading to and through the business district of the Old Capital are being addressed. Last November, the National Works...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2023 | 1:23 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Justine Hope attributes her academic achievements to having a solid support system, a firm belief and trust in God, and her ability to persevere despite all odds. The 18-year-old is a past student of the St Andrew-based Immaculate Conception High...

Published:Monday | January 2, 2023 | 12:51 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

After giving birth to the first newborn of the year 2023 at the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine, Mickay Martin finds it a blessing to go through the adventure of motherhood for a second time round. Despite being uncertain of the kind of...

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2022 | 1:32 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Eleven-year-old Gianna Hylton is hoping to help inspire others to utilise their God-given talents through her motivational book, Learn to Use Your Wings: The Power to Soar Lives Within You. Through her own distinctive writing techniques, Gianna’s...

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2022 | 12:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

First-time author Hezekan Bolton has composed what he describes as “relationship spice” to help couples find ways of keeping the romantic flame alive, while putting aside notions that it usually burns out after a few years. Married for 14 years,...

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2022 | 1:17 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Tyshie Williams, a mother of four children, is expressing gratitude to those who have been rallying around her so far during her desperate time of need. The 26-year-old’s story was highlighted in last Saturday’s Gleaner as her home on Cleveland...

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2022 | 1:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

After spending nearly a month expanding his one-bedroom home, all Shadane Francis’ hard work has gone up in smoke after a raging fire consumed his home on Monday morning. Too shaken up by the incident to summon the strength to sift through the...

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2022 | 1:03 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

As Jamaicans marked the Christmas public holiday on Monday, there was no better way to continue celebrating the season for some residents of Parade Gardens in central Kingston than with friends, who they say are like family. In the spirit of the...

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2022 | 1:20 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

While many Jamaicans are gearing up to celebrate Christmas within two days’ time on December 25 in the comfort of their homes, Tyshie Williams and her four children will still be sorting through the ruins of what was once theirs. Their wooden home...

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2022 | 12:18 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans are relieved to enjoy a brighter Christmas season this year with a return to popular Christmas traditions without the restrictions of lockdowns, nightly curfews, and other COVID-19 containment measures which placed a damper on the most...

Published:Friday | December 23, 2022 | 1:41 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Expectations from Linstead Market vendors are high for the return of traditional grand market celebrations without the restrictions of the last two years. Linstead is looking forward to joining other major tows across the island for the popular...

Published:Friday | December 23, 2022 | 1:36 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

This Christmas Day will be painful for Sandra Scott as she will still be grappling with the death of her cousin, Leon ‘Furry’ English, who was shot dead along with his girlfriend in Commodore district in Linstead, St Catherine, on Thursday morning...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2022 | 12:50 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans are being encouraged to consider purchasing the variety of handcrafted items made by local artisans when shopping for presents this Christmas. With less than a week left for those scouting for the perfect gift idea, you might want to...

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