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Stories by Sashana Small/Staff Reporter

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2023 | 1:27 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Maxfield-to-downtown Kingston taxi operator John Hanson cursed his luck as he received his first traffic ticket of the year on Wednesday – the dawn of tougher penalties as the new Road Traffic Act came into effect. Hanson may have to pay $10,000...

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2023 | 12:33 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has signed a cooperation agreement with the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) to construct a civil engineering laboratory at its western Jamaica campus in St James. The lab will be utilised for...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2023 | 1:12 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Social-media bloggers have been criticised for often publishing unsubstantiated claims that impede the work of traditional journalists when reporting on society’s vulnerable, particularly victimised children. “Those who have cameras, tripods,...

Published:Monday | January 30, 2023 | 1:01 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

More questions have arisen about the quality of oversight state regulator, the Financial Services Commission (FSC), gave to the now-fraud-hit Stocks and Securities Limited (SSL) as a 2019 assessment revealed that a string of violations flagged more...

Published:Monday | January 30, 2023 | 12:57 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

A 24-year-old aspiring artiste was among four people shot and killed in west Kingston on Saturday in ongoing gang violence. Emilio ‘Shakka Don’ West, of Chestnut Street in Tivoli Gardens, left his home for the studio to make last-minute changes to...

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2023 | 12:13 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

When Teana heard that she was successful in all eight of her Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, she was ecstatic. The 18-year-old, who has been a ward of the State for nine years, views her academic success as...

Published:Tuesday | January 24, 2023 | 1:16 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Opposition Leader Mark Golding has criticised Prime Minister Andrew Holness for his administration’s more-than-yearlong policy of non-engagement with the Chief Richard Currie-led Accompong Maroons in St Elizabeth. Relations between the Government...

Published:Saturday | January 21, 2023 | 1:10 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Gender advocates are calling for changes in the Domestic Violence Act to strengthen protection for victims of intimate partner violence. The call comes in light of the circulation of a video in which a man was seen physically assaulting a woman in...

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2023 | 12:52 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

A grave bus shortage hobbling the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) could be eased by March. The bus company transports almost 350,000 passengers weekly but its operations have been impacted by the non-delivery of 50 new units. The...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2023 | 12:27 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Financial institutions in Jamaica have been urged to do more to protect elderly clients from falling victim to fraud. That call has been issued by Jean Lowrie-Chin, executive chair of the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP). Lowrie-Chin...

Published:Monday | January 9, 2023 | 12:53 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Accompong Chief Richard Currie says he is looking to collaborate with the Ministry of Tourism to improve the annual Maroon festival in his St Elizabeth enclave. Last Friday, scores of locals and tourists, who attended the festival to commemorate...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2023 | 1:38 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

A psychologist and a member of the clergy are hailing Prime Minister Andrew Holness’s intention to collaborate with the Church to address mental health issues in the country as a positive initiative. But both are cautioning the Government to ensure...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2023 | 1:19 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Glenroy Murray, executive director of Equality for All Foundation Jamaica, is urging members of the island’s LGBTQ community to be vigilant when using online dating platforms. His warning follows a safety alert sent by Grindr, a popular LGBTQ+...

Published:Thursday | December 29, 2022 | 1:41 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

For three generations, Andrew Ellis’ family has secured a spot in the Spanish Town Market in St Catherine for their meat shop. Ellis recalled that as a teenager, he would spend a lot of weekends helping out in the establishment. But although he had...

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2022 | 1:04 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Elina Walker had just returned home from her annual family reunion on Christmas Day in Point Hill, St Catherine, when she received news that her 30-year-old son, Michael Lawrence, had been shot dead in Banbury, Linstead. Walker told The Gleaner...

Published:Tuesday | December 27, 2022 | 12:27 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

It was 5:30 a.m. on Christmas Day, and most of August Town was asleep, but its slumber was about to be disturbed by the loud and joyous carolling of the August Town Community Development Council. For the last seven days, the group has been...

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2022 | 1:11 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Residents in Manchester communities close to the under-construction May Pen to Williamsfield leg of Highway 2000 are calling for China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the project contractor, to give a timeline for repairs to parochial roads and...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2022 | 12:20 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Rameish Desouza, the 21-year-old social media influencer known for whipping up innovative dishes from ordinary Jamaican ingredients, will be opening his first restaurant in downtown Kingston early next year. He told The Gleaner that this is the...

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2022 | 1:52 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearnel Charles Jr says he will be putting a submission to Cabinet for the formation of a special task force to tackle praedial larceny. With an estimated $6 billion lost to farm theft locally each year, the task...

Published:Friday | December 16, 2022 | 2:02 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Once hailed by residents as a town that never sleeps, Porus morphs into a ghost town by 6 o’clock each evening as fearful natives retreat to the safety of their homes at dusk. Since the fatal shooting of a supermarket owner and market vendor last...

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2022 | 1:19 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Steve Ashley, chairman of the Association of Friends and Families of Substance Abusers (AFAFOSA), has argued that inadequate funding for the court mandated to treat drug addicts is contributing to the country’s crime rate. Ashley told The Gleaner...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2022 | 1:53 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

LGBTQ advocates in Jamaica have urged the island’s lawmakers to note the wind of change blowing across the Caribbean and repeal the country’s colonial-era buggery laws that effectively criminalise same-sex relations. Local politicians have been...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2022 | 12:12 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

While attending primary school, K-Omar Sang was teased relentlessly because of a learning disability which made reading difficult. The now-16-year-old Ronald Lopez School of Hope student told attendees at a Child Protection and Family Services...

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2022 | 1:34 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Grammy-Award winning recording artiste Orville Burrell has expressed doubt about hosting another Shaggy Make a Difference Foundation (SMADF) benevolent concert because of the controversy surrounding the $100 million raised in the last staging in...

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2022 | 1:15 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

It was like a scene out of a movie, a resident of Cross Keys, Manchester, told The Gleaner as she recalled the horrifying experience of being held up at an establishment in which works earlier this week. The stillness in the small town square was...

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