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Stories by Tameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | November 14, 2021 | 12:10 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Students preparing for practical subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams have been struggling to master the content covered in virtual classrooms, with the results most stark in electrical technology, where only 20 of...

Published:Sunday | November 14, 2021 | 12:07 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

With the cost of electricity for Jamaican households being ranked among the top five globally, industry experts believe that the country’s sole provider, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), can do more to reduce losses to ease the burden on...

Published:Sunday | October 24, 2021 | 12:06 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Karen Barnes has been trying for at least four years to have her daughter registered under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), a state welfare initiative administered by the Minister of Labour and Social Security (MLSS...

Published:Sunday | October 17, 2021 | 12:07 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

An increase in the number of Jamaicans dying annually has triggered an explosion in unregulated funeral service providers popping up all over the country, with some even setting up shop in housing schemes, The Sunday Gleaner has learnt. The...

Published:Saturday | October 16, 2021 | 12:10 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Some school principals are pushing back against a Ministry of Education directive to not insist on fees for sixth-form programmes, arguing that apart from the $17,000 that the State contributes for each grade 12 and 13 student being woefully...

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2021 | 12:07 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Both the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC) and the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) have offered Michael Reid, the 21-year-old youth who took to social media to lament his trying circumstances recently, free courses of study to...

Published:Saturday | October 2, 2021 | 12:12 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Newly minted entrepreneur Michael Reid, whose impassioned plea on social media recently for help and prayers to keep him on the straight and narrow amid his struggles to make a life for himself, is set to attain his dream of completing his...

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2021 | 12:06 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

With some 60,000 doses of the island’s cache of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines having expired on Friday, Professor Peter Figueroa has called into question the manner in which the Government distributed the jabs as some Jamaicans were denied shots...

Published:Sunday | September 26, 2021 | 12:08 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

His faith in God and the moral grounding he received as a child are what keep 21-year-old Michael Reid from joining a gang becoming a menace to society despite invitations as he tries continuously to improve his economic and social circumstances....

Published:Sunday | September 26, 2021 | 12:05 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Despite concluding that Windalco can take greater steps to reduce the likelihood of effluent discharges in the Rio Cobre, the state’s environmental watchdog says that in spite of committing multiple infractions, stronger action such as a revocation...

Published:Saturday | September 18, 2021 | 12:11 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Parents in some rural communities are hoping that the health authorities will make a greater push in bringing vaccination sites closer to home to ease the challenges they face in getting their children to various locations to take the jabs in...

Published:Saturday | September 11, 2021 | 12:12 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Despite the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and the obvious emotional and mental impact on members of the aviation industry, for retired American Airlines (AA) pilot Basil Lowe, getting back up in the sky as quickly as possible meant more...

Published:Sunday | September 5, 2021 | 12:07 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

If the tidal wave of COVID-19 cases and deaths being reported on the nightly news in the last few weeks does not scare you, then the emotional, financial and physical costs associated with treating the virus just may. Add to that the recent...

Published:Sunday | September 5, 2021 | 12:07 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

As Jamaica’s coronavirus crisis worsens, with surging infection numbers and deaths, the fight to save lives has got harder with the global shortage of the medication tocilizumab, an anti-inflammatory drug widely used in the treatment of COVID-19...

Published:Saturday | September 4, 2021 | 12:05 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

As the country embarks on the new academic year primarily continuing the online modality, local educators have given the Ministry of Education’s recent summer school programme – aimed at bridging the learning loss for students who did not access...

Published:Sunday | August 29, 2021 | 12:07 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s healthcare system was plunged into crisis mode on Saturday, as word came that IGL – the country’s sole producer of medical oxygen – is running low on the much-needed commodity and would not be getting another supply until Monday. Up to late...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

The authenticity of Jamaica’s vaccination cards issued to persons who have taken their COVID-19 shots could very well be tested amid an increasing number of cases of fake cards being sold in the Caribbean and other countries. This, as countries...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:12 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

With Prime Minister Andrew Holness sounding the alarm that it is but a matter of time before Jamaica confirms its first case of the Delta variant of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), and warning that Jamaicans could see another raft of...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 12:52 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

While there is no empirical evidence of the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus being on Jamaica’s shores, officials at the Ministry of Health...

Published:Monday | June 28, 2021 | 12:06 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

WITH 93.7 per cent of the population yet to get a shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, Jamaica’s rate of inoculation remains worryingly low. New data released by the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MoHW) shows that, up to June 23, a total of 98,057...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

If he could speak with his younger self regarding fatherhood, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Floyd Green would have shared two main morsels of advice: “Don’t overthink it, and speak with those who have walked the road before you and draw from...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Although his job requires long hours at the office and on the road catering to the needs of his constituents and handling the affairs of the ministry he heads, Pearnel Charles Jr says although balancing his many duties isn’t easy, he ensures that...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:13 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Local telecoms providers could soon know if they will be getting the additional spectrum they seek as the Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) will make its recommendation to Technology Minister Daryl Vaz in a matter of weeks. SMA Managing Director...

Published:Sunday | May 16, 2021 | 12:13 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

The Internet connectivity issues bedevilling rural and underserved communities could have been lessened if the Universal Service Fund (USF) had stuck more closely to its mandate of building out information and communication technologies (ICT)...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:29 AMTameka Gordon - Senior Staff Reporter

Acknowledging that there are challenges with its network, Digicel CEO Jabbor Kayumov says, if the company is able to get more spectrum, customers across the island could see an immediate fix to Internet connectivity issues. Over the past year, the...

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