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Published:Tuesday | June 15, 2021 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

On December 23, 2020, Omare Brown had the “worst experience of my life” as he lost everything in a fire that consumed his home and those of more than 20 other families at Church Street and Love Lane in downtown Kingston. “The fire didn’t start here...

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Political representatives and guests gathered yesterday to honour the life and legacy of Jamaica’s fifth prime minister and longest-serving member of parliament, Edward Seaga. Seaga, who was head of Government from November 1980 to February 1989...

Published:Friday | May 28, 2021 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A lifelong learner who had an intense love for country, a rock-solid father and comedian. That is how former Ambassador Anthony Johnson was remembered in a memorial service yesterday. Johnson died on April 28 at the age of 82. He was a former...

Published:Saturday | May 22, 2021 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Nest Children’s Home in Kingston has been equipped with a vegetable garden of cucumber and pak choi, as part of national Child Month activities. More than 1,200 children are housed in 52 residential childcare facilities across Jamaica. The...

Published:Friday | May 21, 2021 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Collection efficiency at the National Water Commission (NWC) is estimated to be 80 per cent of billing. The NWC supplies 190 million gallons of potable water each day to its more than 400,000 registered customers. The utility company had targeted...

Published:Thursday | May 20, 2021 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A call has been made for the creation and maintenance of a central coordination unit for social or anti-violence interventions across Jamaica by the Citizen Security Secretariat, which was established in October 2020. Though all interventions have...

Published:Wednesday | May 19, 2021 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Taxi and bus operators are prepared to strike on Thursday as they press for a long-overdue fare increase. President of the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS), Egeton Newman, said if Transport Minister Robert Montague does...

Published:Tuesday | May 18, 2021 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Calls have been made for increased privatisation of water supply in order to meet demand and improve efficiency across Jamaica. The National Water Commission (NWC) supplies 190 million gallons of potable water each day to its more than 400,000...

Published:Monday | May 17, 2021 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Raam Naraysingh, 50, was diagnosed with mild hypertension last September. It came as a shocker to him as at previous doctor’s visits, he was encouraged to continue on the same trajectory, as his readings were normal. The former technical services...

Published:Wednesday | May 12, 2021 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica has recorded its lowest COVID-19 infections, positivity rate, and hospitalisation numbers since the late March weekend lockdowns. The health ministry reported that on Monday, 39 samples tested positive, reflecting a 3.3 per cent positivity...

Published:Wednesday | May 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Children living in inner-city communities are disproportionately disadvantaged because their homes – many with small, cramped rooms –mitigate against comfortable learning, education experts have observed. “Under a tree, in bed, on the verandah, in...

Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2021 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Tamesha Dixon, a fifth-form student at Dunoon Park Technical High School, is grateful for the opportunity to attend face-to-face classes as she gears up to sit exit examinations. “When I’m at home, it is very distracting. In the community,...

Published:Saturday | May 8, 2021 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Nola Phillipotts-Brown, a member of batch #146 at The Mico University College, recalled that as a student, a number of her colleagues dropped out of the diploma programme because of financial difficulties. “As a result, we purposed among ourselves...

Published:Thursday | May 6, 2021 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Howard Spencer and his wife of 26 years, Beverley, just want to hold their newborn granddaughter. The usual bonding and snuggling in the first few weeks of life have been replaced by photos and videos. Though COVID-19 has robbed the grandparents...

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2021 | 12:33 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Several residents of Caymanas Bay in St Catherine have been without an income since the closure of Nature’s Paradise, the major attraction in the area. The river, which is also used as an event venue, has been shuttered because of COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | May 5, 2021 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-six-year-old Carlton Byfield has taken pleasure in being one of the main distributors of care packages funded and prepared by Tank-Weld Metals. Since last year, the steel and lumber company has donated over 5,000 bags of food and toiletries...

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2021 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Seamen who spearfish have been warned of the danger of shark attacks, with a marine expert saying that traditional practices transform the hunters into bait. But the rising concern over increased shark sightings in Jamaica’s territorial waters may...

Published:Monday | May 3, 2021 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Seventeen-year-old Reajean Bennett bowed her head and said a prayer as she laid a wreath on the Secret Gardens Monument in downtown Kingston on Sunday in recognition of Child Month. The monument bears the sculpture of a child crying and the base...

Published:Monday | May 3, 2021 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Wolmer’s Boys’ School Key Club has donated the proceeds from a collection drive of canned food, bottled water, toiletries and non-perishable food items to the school’s needy students. Club President Tariq Wright told The Gleaner that a number of...

Published:Saturday | May 1, 2021 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The efforts of pre-school operator, Annette Wynter-Hill, who has been accommodating children daily for online classes, has been bolstered by food donation from the Optimist Club. For the past three years, the educator has been managing Kings and...

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2021 | 12:25 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

One of Jamaica’s most treasured music institutions, Alpha Institute, has opened a state-of-the-art facility with the goal of training 120 students in performance and technology in the next four years. The Digicel Foundation sponsored the...

Published:Monday | April 26, 2021 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It would be a dream come true if 24-year-old Gabriel Walters is afforded the opportunity to pursue a postgraduate degree at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, United Kingdom. The Excelsior High School alumnus is currently a music...

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2021 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Debbie Powell has been battling breast cancer since February 2018 and is appealing for a fighting chance at life. The mother of two, a 22-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter, fears dying and leaving her teen behind. “I woke up one morning...

Published:Saturday | April 24, 2021 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Approximately $10 million was spent to renovate the COVID-19 isolation and quarantine wards at the Bellevue Hospital in Kingston, which can accommodate 30 patients each. The renovation included purchasing of new beds, installation of partitions,...

Published:Thursday | April 22, 2021 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Convinced that women are natural problem solvers, engineer Natalie Sparkes is encouraging more women to pursue careers in the field and not shy away from information and communications technology (ICT). Sparkes, a past president of the Jamaica...

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