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Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It might not be such a stretch to say St Patrick Grandison was destined to teach. Realising his calling, he began to wet his feet in the profession at 16 as a volunteer teaching mathematics and music at Port Maria Primary School in St Mary. He was...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Not wanting to disappoint her parents, Oneilia Bryan was on course for a career in the legal field when a question from a teacher jolted her to reality and made her switch paths. “Do you see yourself doing this for the rest of your life?” Bryan...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Lt Com Devon Foster was a picture of fulfilment as he spoke to The Gleaner aboard a vessel in the Kingston Harbour yesterday. Having migrated to the United States at the age of 13, he was happy to be home once again. This was no ordinary trip. Nor...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

United Nations (UN) Day 2019 was celebrated globally last Wednesday. Jamaica’s celebration was themed #iAmtheSDGs, meaning, ‘I am the sustainable development goals (SDGs)’. The UN recognised the global challenges countries face and outlined 17...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-one-year-old Nastacia McFarlane is a product of the phrase ‘one and ready, two and drive’. Her mother has been in the taxi business for as long as she can remember – first as a taxi operator for a company and now as an entrepreneur, a...

Published:Saturday | October 26, 2019 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Failure to pay over outstanding funds to University of Technology academic staff in a near-decade-long salary dispute triggered strike action at the Papine-based institution yesterday, but the administration has blamed the Government for being...

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

An expert has asserted that the failure to revolutionise the country’s education system to usher in new methods of teaching to make students crave information would be a betrayal of the nation’s children. Speaking at the inaugural Education...

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2019 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

When Carol Clarke got around the steering wheel of a Lada for her first driving lesson, the 20-something showed the diminutive Russian-made motor car that she had bigger beasts to conquer. Her spunk so impressed her driving instructor, a Mr Miller...

Published:Saturday | October 19, 2019 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Michelle Scarlett became pregnant the summer after her grade nine year while she was attending Montego Bay High School in St James. She was only 14 years old and her father had thrown her out of the house. The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation...

Published:Wednesday | October 16, 2019 | 1:49 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

For Bridgette Spence, her 10-year-old grandson, Derrick Palmer, is a changed person. She credits this change to the Friends of a Child Help Foundation, which has mentored him for the past four months. Spence was contacted by of the vice-principal...

Published:Tuesday | October 15, 2019 | 12:21 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, tasked to promote the learning of Mandarin, is banking on plans to expand its reach with a new, larger facility. The institute was the first to be opened in the Caribbean in...

Published:Monday | October 14, 2019 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Associate language professor at the University of Technology, Jamaica, Dr Rohan Lewis has asserted that Jamaica needs a larger corps of translators and interpreters. “One of the economic ministries is looking at the expansion of the tourism market...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:33 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Stung by widespread criticism of public remarks about the “Nicodemus in the night” arrests of former education minister Ruel Reid and Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Fritz Pinnock, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has withdrawn what he...

Published:Thursday | October 10, 2019 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Businesses along Riverton Boulevard on Spanish Town Road were flooded yesterday afternoon and operations halted. Christopher Nakash, chief executive officer of Nakash Construction, said the flooding began about 3:30 p.m. “The river can’t handle...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:22 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Language Unit at The University of the West Indies, Mona, is advocating for the use of Jamaican, otherwise called Patois, as the initial language of instruction at the early childhood level. The unit’s coordinator, Dr Joseph...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With a vision to pass on the love, the KaGra Foundation in South Florida has touched many lives over the last 17 years. It began after founder Derry-Ann Morgan lost her best friend, Kameisha Grant, in whose memory the foundation is named, as she...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Director of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, Evan Thompson, has said there are no instruments locally to record lightning activity but from anecdotal evidence, there has been more lightning in recent weeks. “Climate change suggests that we...

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Coordinator of the Jamaican Language Unit at The University of the West Indies, Mona, Dr Joseph Farquharson, has asserted that there is still a stigma attached to Patois, otherwise called Jamaican creole, because it was born out of the island’s...

Published:Friday | October 4, 2019 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Translators and Interpreters' Association of Jamaica will today launch a translation competition, paying homage to cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley. The decision was made to include Patois against the background of the United Nations...

Published:Thursday | October 3, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has halted the importation of a common heartburn medication, Ranitidine, with immediate effect. The move followed a report from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other international bodies...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has made a plea for more resources to be given to the office she has held since November 2015. “I have a communications adviser, she is a volunteer given to me by a foreign country [for six months]. That...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Orette Fisher, electoral consultant and former director of elections, last week pitched a solution to the problem of flags and other paraphernalia which remain in constituencies after an election period. Sharing that he has observed elections in a...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:18 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has noted that the island’s infrastructure has become obsolete and is not able to withstand current weather events. “Jamaica is now experiencing longer and more intense periods of drought, followed by shorter and...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Fontana Pharmacy handed over a framed storyboard about cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley to the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) on Tuesday. The ceremony, which was held at the JLS’s Tom Redcam Drive headquarters, formed part of the 100 days of...

Published:Thursday | September 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans needing diagnostic services will have other options besides public-health facilities come October. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has forged a partnership with 10 private radiology and diagnostic service providers across the island...

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