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Stories by Asha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2023 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Expectant mothers are being encouraged to incorporate moderate exercise into their daily routine in order to reap the various health benefits of physical activity during the different trimester stages. During Wednesday’s launch of the Ministry of...

Published:Friday | May 12, 2023 | 12:36 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

THERE is mounting frustration among census takers and supervisors, contracted for their services in the 2022 Population and Housing Census, who have cited several challenges facing their teams as they continue to carry out their duties. Chief among...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2023 | 1:07 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

SEASONED IN the business of rearing children, Carlene Bartley is encouraging younger mothers to nurture their offspring in stable homes and environments while recommitting to the traditions of bringing up the next generation in a ‘godly way’. The...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2023 | 12:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Local organic farmers are lamenting the challenge to locate and acquire approved biodegradable products for organic farming – including seeds, weedicide and biofertilisers – which is stunting growth in the sector. St Thomas farmer Leslie Anderson,...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2023 | 1:47 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

A new cohort of young leaders to serve on the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) Children’s Advisory Panel (CAP) have been officially installed. The 20-member panel of individuals – aged 18 years and older – will serve as the fifth...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2023 | 1:13 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

DR PATRICK Prendergast, campus director at The University of the West Indies, Mona – Western Jamaica Campus, has encouraged media practitioners to remain vigilant in keeping press freedoms from being destroyed or erased and to not be afraid to...

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2023 | 12:44 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness is encouraging Jamaicans to exercise their ‘social conscience’ in protecting the environment through participation in upcoming Labour Day activities. Holness was speaking at the official launch and announcement of the...

Published:Tuesday | May 2, 2023 | 12:44 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Green Earth Peanut Company Limited, a Jamaican company operated by a group of young adults, is happy with the prospects of breaking into regional and international markets. The company was founded six years ago by entrepreneur Akeem Edwards, who...

Published:Monday | May 1, 2023 | 1:03 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Local manufacturer Stanmark Processors Company Limited is seeking to boost Jamaica’s ackee supply by planting 1,000 trees within the year. Shona Sadler-Campbell, the chief operations officer of the 32-year-old family-owned company, lamented that...

Published:Monday | May 1, 2023 | 12:55 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

At least one lecturer believes that mentorship is the key to increasing the participation of women and girls in the digital world and the ICT sector. According to Dr Phillipa Bennett, a lecturer in the Department of Computing at The University of...

Published:Monday | May 1, 2023 | 12:51 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Patricia Garrick’s love for agriculture continues to blossom through her meticulously maintained fields, where she nurtures fruit trees. Despite walking with a limp for much of her senior life as a result of arthritis in the ankle joint, Garrick,...

Published:Saturday | April 29, 2023 | 12:21 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Farmers in St Thomas have called for more work to be done in the sector to explore and take full advantage of the coconut palm’s (Cocos nucifera) versatile nature. Characterised as a “golden” plant by members of the Kanga Gully Farmers Group in...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2023 | 1:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

It was Kimona Bowen’s first encounter being immersed in virtual reality (VR), an experience she initially found to be very frightening. But soon after, the engagement with the technology piqued her interest, serving as further motivation to pursue...

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2023 | 12:51 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

SINCE THE 2021 demolition of African Martyrs of Uganda Early Childhood Institute (ECI), which was situated in Ten Miles, Bull Bay, St Andrew, the bulk of students seeking placement have turned to Bethel Basic School for enrolment. But with limited...

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2023 | 12:50 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

LOCAL FARMERS want the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries to amplify their calls and encourage the private sector to invest in utilising more of Jamaica’s natural resources to manufacture merchandise distinctive to the island. They have lamented...

Published:Wednesday | April 26, 2023 | 1:18 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Vandals have been tampering with National Water Commission (NWC) systems, sometimes stealing pieces of critical equipment, causing disruption to the company’s operations for hours and even days at a time. In one of the latest attacks, thieves made...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2023 | 1:17 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Pensioners in the community of Bull Bay, which is located at the St Andrew-St Thomas border, are expressing frustration at the inconvenience they now have to endure to access crucial services since the demolition of the local health centre and post...

Published:Tuesday | April 25, 2023 | 1:12 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

DURING THE heights of the COVID-19 pandemic, St Mary native Aneta Blackett-Ricketts quickly realised a growing need to assist the less fortunate within her community of Islington. By starting a feeding programme that satisfies the hunger of the...

Published:Monday | April 24, 2023 | 12:52 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jacqueline Dillon has noted that the Domestic Violence Intervention Centres (DVICs) have been having a major impact since their inception in 2021, with more males stepping forward to report abuse. While the...

Published:Saturday | April 22, 2023 | 12:07 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

As the town’s population steadily grows, so have calls for the installation of traffic signals in the town centre of Junction, St Elizabeth. Residents of the area have argued that the signals could reduce accidents as they regulate traffic....

Published:Friday | April 21, 2023 | 1:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Local not-for-profit entities can now submit proposals for an opportunity to benefit from the Local Engagement and Action Fund (LEAF) under the Field Support Services Project Caribbean (FSSP-C) funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC). Available are...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2023 | 12:23 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison is encouraging Jamaicans to become positive interrupters within the lives of the nation’s children. Speaking on Wednesday at the media launch of Child Month 2023, which will be observed in May, Gordon-...

Published:Thursday | April 20, 2023 | 1:18 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

A thick plume of smoke hung over sections of downtown Kingston on Wednesday afternoon as a raging fire consumed two tenement properties, leaving at least nine adults and six children homeless. Twenty-five-year-old Yanique Ross, who was conducting...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2023 | 1:17 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Black River in St Elizabeth are expressing concern over the safety of users of the JAG Myers Municipal Park, especially children, after a large crocodile was spotted sunbathing at the municipal facility recently. Not only are they...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2023 | 12:54 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Nineteen early childhood educators in the Southeast region of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), who are beneficiaries of the multimillion-dollar grant funding programme to pursue tertiary education, were last week presented with cash. They...

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