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Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Just under 60 per cent of Jamaicans are of the view that the Holness administration has improved the economy in the last four years but approximately half of those polled have seen a positive shift in their personal finances, an RJRGLEANER-...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2020 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The lions of Calabar High School hunted glory and took home the FIRST Tech Challenge Jamaica National Robotics Championship top award last Saturday, two steps up from their placement last year. The eight-member team competed against 30 schools in...

Published:Saturday | February 29, 2020 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Chantell Jolly was a picture of passion and fulfillment as she spoke to The Gleaner yesterday aboard the Logos Hope at the Caribbean Cement Company Port in Rockfort, Kingston. The world’s largest floating book fair was officially opened to the...

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The case against Simeon Sutherland, the man charged with the murder of then Portland Eastern Member of Parliament Dr Lynvale Bloomfield, has been transferred to Kingston for trial. Attorneys-at-law Peter Champagnie, QC, and Samoi Campbell were...

Published:Saturday | February 22, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Martina Symister sat on the verandah of her home in Bybrook, Portland, bantering with four of her great-grandchildren who had just returned from school. The 102-year-old is one of seven centenarians in Portland who are registered with the National...

Published:Thursday | February 20, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

In its quest to strengthen electronic learning, a seventh SMART classroom was opened at The Mico University College in Kingston on Tuesday. The project was funded by the Mico Old Students’ Association (MOSA), the graduating class of 1973, and the...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:18 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Despite concerns in the United States about the reliability of the testing regime for COVID-19, better known as the novel coronavirus, Jamaican healthcare officials have defended its accuracy, even if false negatives appear to have been recorded...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Thirty schools will be competing in the second staging of the FIRST Tech Challenge Jamaica - National Robotics Championship later this month. The teams from Glenmuir High School in Clarendon and Dunoon Park Technical High in Kingston were in...

Published:Friday | February 14, 2020 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Various demonstrations of robotics in action triggered questions from primary and high-school students in the robotics laboratory at The Mico University College on Tuesday. “Can it charge a phone?”, “Miss, it can kill mosquitoes?”, “Will it shock...

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

When news broke that Shadae Foster’s mother was pregnant more than three decades ago, it triggered worry and whispers in her Westmoreland community. Residents did not have high expectations of her because her mother had a mental disability and...

Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:25 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has given the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information 30 days to submit a plan of action to curb violence in schools. Prime Minister Andrew Holness is the de jure minister, while Karl Samuda is the...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The overturned table of cake icing ingredients slowly returned to their original position. Eggs first, the bottle of milk, and then the bowl – all being pulled by almost invisible strings. His mouth opened in awe, and immediately, he nudged the...

Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Out of scientific exploration, Verdantderms Cosmetics, a start-up skin-care brand, was born. Twenty-seven-year-old Orlando Hamilton, along with a team of undergraduate final-year students from Northern Caribbean University (NCU), conducted...

Published:Saturday | February 8, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

They stood out among the hundreds of females decked in royal blue and white tunics. When asked why they chose nursing, their reason boiled down to inspiration. That’s what it took for the three young men in their early 20s to enrol in the...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Paper is generally made from wood fibres, but an assistant professor in Manchester has been experimenting with more than 50 plant fibres as a means of confronting climate change. When The Gleaner visited Northern Caribbean University in the parish...

Published:Tuesday | February 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans have been warned to expect property insurance rates to rise by 10-15 per cent this year because of “increasingly destructive Atlantic hurricane seasons in recent years”, even though the island itself has been spared the wrath of killer...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Karl Samuda, minister with oversight responsibility for education, has called on the ministry to place greater focus on parental involvement and the development of students. He was speaking recently at a press conference for the release of the...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jo-Ann Morris stood in the background, watching as her mother tirelessly experimented with ingredients to make natural alternatives after suffering allergic reactions from store-bought soaps. As she admired her mother’s work, the seeds were being...

Published:Saturday | February 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A 21-year-old workman operating from scaffolding at 52-60 Dumfries Road in New Kingston was electrocuted and rushed to hospital early yesterday afternoon. The freak accident occurred about 12:40. The man’s identity was not disclosed by the police...

Published:Friday | January 31, 2020 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Construction of Jamaica’s first purpose-built Parliament is set to begin in the first quarter of 2021. The details were revealed during a Houses of Parliament and Government Campus Project update meeting and tree planting ceremony, held yesterday...

Published:Thursday | January 30, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Grief channelled into creativity is the story behind Woman of Virtue (W.V.Fashion), a local, handmade hat business poised to soar to new heights. Shara Anderson-Grant was born to her teenage mother more than three decades ago, and the events of...

Published:Tuesday | January 28, 2020 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The sirens blare in the thick of the Kingston morning traffic and red lights flash signalling to drivers to give way to the emergency vehicle. As motorists pull to the kerb, the ambulance zigzags through the maze of metal, hurriedly making its way...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The National Education Inspectorate (NEI) 2019 report has revealed that Jamaican schools have scored improvements across all eight indicators when compared to the baseline performance established in 2015. Of the 653 schools inspected by NEI...

Published:Friday | January 24, 2020 | 12:32 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With a vision to enhance the education of their students through exposure to digital technology, the leadership of Port Royal Primary and Infant School embarked on a journey in November 2018. Their research led them to the SMART Board technology,...

Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:21 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican authorities have heightened the alertness of officials at ports of call amid the emergence of a new virus that has caused more than a dozen deaths in China and has spread to four other countries, including the United States. Travellers –...

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