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Published:Saturday | February 26, 2022 | 12:09 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Paula Downer wailed for belly pains as reality set in that her grandson, four-year-old Jordane Clarke, would not be coming home after he was sent to school for what should have been a day of fun and frolic for Jamaica Day celebrations on Thursday....

Published:Wednesday | February 23, 2022 | 4:54 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Chairman of the Minimum Wage Commission, Ronald Robinson, has signalled that plans are afoot to start the process of achieving a liveable wage for Jamaicans earning at the minimum level. Speaking at yesterday’s virtual press conference where...

Published:Tuesday | February 22, 2022 | 12:06 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

The Denham Town Zones of Special Operations (ZOSO) to date has seen considerable investments that have resulted in major rehabilitation works to the community’s roads and key community resource assets funded to the tune of over $100 million....

Published:Friday | February 18, 2022 | 12:12 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Shion Allen was just about rounding a kerb leading to the Kingston waterfront on New Year’s Eve in 2021 when she saw a man walk up to the sidewalk and take off his bag. What should have been a routine walk to work ended in a hellish nightmare....

Published:Saturday | February 19, 2022 | 12:05 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

RESPONDING TO the learning gaps in students returning to the classroom has been a challenge for teachers at St Michael’s Primary School, where an upsurge in gang violence in surrounding communities have left students doubly impacted. The school...

Published:Thursday | February 17, 2022 | 12:12 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

The late Winston Witter, the jocular talk-show host and academic whose use of Jamaican vernacular and saucy wit wowed radio audiences and bucked mainstream trends decades ago, has been praised by friends and colleagues as “a voice for the poor”....

Published:Wednesday | February 16, 2022 | 12:07 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

AS THE Government seeks to steadily ease COVID-19 restrictions implemented under the Disaster Risk Management Act, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has indicated that Kingston will be receiving major focus for revitalisation of tourism and...

Published:Friday | February 11, 2022 | 12:10 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Crime, inadequate infrastructure, and economic challenges weighed heavily on the minds of some residents of sections of the Corporate Area who turned out to witness a muted ceremonial opening of Parliament yesterday. Held for the second year under...

Published:Monday | February 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Muted celebrations at the Trench Town Culture Yard museum on Saturday, the eve of the birthday commemoration of late reggae legend Bob Marley, was a stark contrast to the busloads of tourists that the Kingston attraction usually attracts. That was...

Published:Monday | February 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

The historic former home of late reggae icon Bob Marley remains a crumbling shell in Trench Town, Kingston, after fire gutted the top floor of the building last September. Still living at the Second Street house are 47-year-old Yvette Gordon and...

Published:Friday | February 4, 2022 | 12:08 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Eighty-year-old Shirley Leon of Shortwood Lane in Grants Pen, St Andrew, was short for words expressing her relief at finally being able to sleep in comfort after receiving the keys to her brand new two-bedroom house under the Government’s Housing...

Published:Friday | February 4, 2022 | 12:07 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Residents of Parade Gardens in Kingston Central are looking forward to restoring a long-lasting peace in their community with several social-development partners lined up to execute the ‘clear, hold, build’ ethos of the zone of special operations (...

Published:Monday | January 31, 2022 | 12:08 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Gridlocked by a zone of special operations (ZOSO) since 2017, residents of the violence-torn west Kingston community of Denham Town are convinced that although the presence of the joint security forces has brought some relief, their loose hold on...

Published:Monday | January 31, 2022 | 12:08 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Murals outside the home of Lorna Green’s son and younger brother are poignant reminders of the corrosive power of gang violence in Denham Town, a community where she was born and raised and which she believes now requires divine intervention. “...

Published:Thursday | January 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

The Post and Telecommunications Department has signalled its intention to reposition the 350-year old institution as a “logistics giant”, even as a burgeoning courier service industry, spurred by pandemic conditions, is now transforming the...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:12 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Roughly four in every five Jamaicans now have their father’s names recorded on their birth certificates – a massive improvement, according to the Registrar General’s Department (RGD). RGD CEO Charlton McFarlane told The Gleaner last Friday that...

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:11 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

With stroke being the leading cause of death in Jamaica, and one of the main causes for disability, physicians at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) are pushing to make life-saving treatment available to the more than 2,000 Jamaicans...

Published:Saturday | January 22, 2022 | 12:10 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

The roll-out of digital birth certificates is the next on the agenda as the Government gears up towards implementing the National Identification System (NIDS) that will see bedside birth registrations done electronically, and millions of records...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:11 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

The nation’s leaders are being urged to put aside “juvenile” partisan politics in order to move the country forward as it looks to celebrate 60 years of Independence this August. Amid a spiralling crime problem and challenges from the COVID-19...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:07 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

A total of 500 laptops donated to the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) forms part of the agency’s push to expand its information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure, which is expected to positively impact children...

Published:Tuesday | January 18, 2022 | 12:12 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Yielding to pressure from doctors and nurses, the Holness administration has ordered all public hospitals to treat only emergency cases in a bid to manage a crippling coronavirus outbreak that has flooded wards and caused infected healthcare staff...

Published:Friday | January 14, 2022 | 12:09 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Mounting coronavirus infections are worrying health-sector administrators in St Elizabeth, but lower-than-average hospitalisations have given succour to western officials amid a wider bed crisis nationally. Parish manager for the St Elizabeth...

Published:Thursday | January 13, 2022 | 12:09 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Administrators at the Denham Town High School in Kingston and the police are banding together to try to shield kids from recruitment into gangs and shelter them from violence, planning to ramp up their efforts as the students return for the...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:13 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Kingston Mayor Delroy Williams has announced a suite of administrative changes to the approval process for building applications amid public backlash and chastening court judgments about negligence, or worse, in its inspection oversight. Among the...

Published:Tuesday | January 11, 2022 | 12:09 AMSharlene Hendricks/Staff Reporter

Kingston Central Member of Parliament (MP) Donovan Williams is adamant that despite the surge in murders in his constituency, which triggered the declaration of a zone of special operations (ZOSO) in the Parade Gardens community on Sunday,...

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