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Published:Tuesday | May 31, 2022 | 12:56 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn appeals the “unduly lenient” sentencing of murder convict Lindell Powell, she has asserted that the judge “misdirected himself” when he did not impose life imprisonment. Powell pleaded...

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2022 | 12:57 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

United Kingdom-based author Cecil Browne has made history for his native country of St Vincent and the Grenadines by being the first to win a regional prize in the Commonwealth Short Story Prize. He had entered the competition three times prior and...

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2022 | 12:52 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“A fitting name and a symbol of hope.” That is how Prime Minister Andrew Holness described the Desmond McKenzie Transitional Centre for the Homeless on King Street in downtown Kingston, as it was being officially opened on Friday. Ground was...

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2022 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Commissioner of the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Velma Ricketts Walker, has given the agency she heads a near-perfect score of 9.8 out of 10 as Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) reviews a damning report of the organisation’s bunkering...

Published:Monday | May 23, 2022 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Six-year-old Aya Brown and her father journeyed from St Mary to Sirgany Beach in east Kingston for the Jamaica National Group - Earth Ambassadeurs beach clean-up on Saturday, two days ahead of Labour Day. Young Brown told The Gleaner that her...

Published:Monday | May 23, 2022 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“It feels wonderful!” That sums up the emotions of Jamaican author Diana McCaulay, who is now a two-time Commonwealth Short Story Prize winner for the Caribbean. In 2012, The Dolphin Catchers earned her the prize, followed, a decade later, by...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Junior Health Minister Juliet Cuthbert Flynn has said that the Government will be revisiting customer service experience in public-health facilities and is partnering with a business process outsourcing (BPO) outfit to improve public confidence in...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

In the land of the Great Barrier Reef and the country commonly referred to as the ‘Land Down Under’, Jamaican Dr Renee Wright has dared to make a new life. Australia has been her home for the last six years and is where she has studied, worked and...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

State minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Dr Norman Dunn, has asserted that, amid the challenges of COVID-19, Jamaica remains ready to do business. In his maiden presentation to the Sectoral Debate on Tuesday, Dunn said...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2022 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that there is to be greater investment in the development of commercial and residential real estate in downtown Kingston. “We have been speaking with the World Bank and the IFC (International Finance...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2022 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Principal of Constitution Hill Primary and Infant School, Melicia Mathison, could not contain her excitement when the institution she leads was named Brain Builder Centre (BBC) of the Year. She screamed as she moved from her seat towards the...

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2022 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Governments have been urged to make health services more comprehensive in a bid to reduce unintended or unplanned pregnancies, including the extension of greater social protection as a safety net for those vulnerable to poverty. The warning comes...

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2022 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Some two million vital records relating to births, deaths, marriages, adoptions and deed polls at the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) are to be digitised, following a National Identification System (NIDS) contract signing ceremony. Minister...

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2022 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Government has renewed an appeal to Jamaicans in the diaspora to invest in their homeland. “We want to bring the diaspora here for business. We want our Jamaicans to see Jamaica as a destination for business,” Prime Minister Andrew Holness said...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2022 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Rotary Club of Kingston (RCOK) will be assisting two early childhood institutions (ECIs) to achieve and maintain the 12 standards set out by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC). President Ryan Strachan told The Gleaner that Citizens Advice...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2022 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Multidisciplinary professional service firm Dawgen Global has forged a partnership with Excelsior Community College to provide employment for its students as they study. In the first instance, the firm will be taking on 20 to 30 students and...

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2022 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Angella Nichol’s diagnosis with kidney disease 20 years ago came as a shock, but after two decades of dialysis treatment which is critical to keeping her alive, she has penned a book hoping to offer hope and encouragement to others. I See God, a...

Published:Saturday | April 30, 2022 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has established a subcommittee to examine the forces outside of its control, which sometimes affect its balance sheet. Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles said rising government debt, impairments and...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2022 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Seven-month-old twins Kaile and Kaila Mason have spent much of their short lives apart. When she was just a day old, Kaile was whisked away from the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in downtown Kingston to the nearby Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC...

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2022 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will be formulating a policy to allow for continued assessment and flexibility in the administration of its examinations. That declaration was made as the organisation yielded to pressure from Jamaica and...

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2022 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“I shop for food far less. I can’t buy fruits for my kids, and that hurts. My kids are hungry most of the time … ; can’t afford gas and electricity bills. Sometimes we sleep in darkness. First in my life I have to be living like this.” That was the...

Published:Wednesday | April 27, 2022 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Some 1,056 of the 2,373 early childhood institutions (ECIs) across Jamaica are in need of substantial support from stakeholders to be certified, having earned below 50 per cent in their most recent inspections. The infant schools and departments,...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2022 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Preliminary reviews by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) have shown that all Jamaican sites being monitored for the air pollutant, PM2.5, have exceeded the World Health Organization’s (WHO) limit of 5 micrograms per cubic metre (...

Published:Monday | April 25, 2022 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Imaging and Intervention Associates has donated $500,000 to RISE (Reaching Individuals through Skills and Education) Life Management Services, towards its after-school programme. The initiative, dubbed ‘Personal Development and Educational...

Published:Saturday | April 23, 2022 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, state minister in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, is hopeful that vaccination take-up across Jamaica will increase in the coming weeks, following the confirmation of another COVID-19 variant in the island this week. “I...

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