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Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) has confirmed that a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to head of the CCU, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Stephanie Lindsay, the...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The 75-year-old grandmother of 22-year-old Ahkeem Lindsay, who was shot and killed yesterday at the cook shop where he worked, said that the news of his death has hit her hard just as she was overcoming the passing of a son. The murder happened on...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:33 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Barbers, hairdressers and nail technicians are bracing for details of a government order limiting opening hours, further trimming their bottom line as the novel coronavirus outbreak drives away touch-conscious customers. Some operators are on the...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:13 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Municipal corporations will provide care packages daily to the estimated 2,000 homeless Jamaicans as philanthropic efforts have been disrupted by COVID-19, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie announced last night. Meals will also be...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Churches in Kingston and St Andrew have been adhering to Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ order against mass gatherings, holding services with 20 persons or fewer as they observe social distancing to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) has reportedly advised funeral homes that it will not accept bodies for post-mortems until further notice because of COVID-19 concerns. Chief executive officer (CEO) of House of Tranquillity, Joseph Cornwall,...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:10 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Visitors to the island have been facing intensified scrutiny at air and seaports by officers from the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) as officials ramp up the levels of precaution taken, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, chief...

Published:Friday | March 13, 2020 | 12:33 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Some parents have welcomed the Government’s order that all schools be closed for an initial 14-day period because of the snowballing threat from COVID-19. The shutdown takes effect today. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed approximately 5,000 people...

Published:Friday | February 28, 2020 | 12:21 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

With a recent RJRGLEANER-commissioned Don Anderson poll indicating that Jamaicans do not favour the privatisation of state-owned companies, former president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Howard Mitchell, has called for greater...

Published:Tuesday | February 25, 2020 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

While Kerry-Ann McPherson has decided against pressing assault charges against Homestead Primary principal Sophia Deer for allegedly slapping her 13-year-old son in the face last week, she is demanding that the school administrator apologise for...

Published:Monday | February 24, 2020 | 12:19 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

After a brazen attempt on his life four months ago when close to 20 bullets were fired into his motor vehicle by gunmen, injuring him, 50-year-old businessman Wayne Stanbury, who was killed at church last week Sunday, had been inching closer and...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:42 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A bust-up at Homestead Primary School in St Catherine has left a student and the principal reportedly nursing injuries. It is alleged that the student had to seek medical attention following the altercation for injuries including swelling to the...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:21 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

When the WhatsApp messages stopped coming in daily, Mikhail Lloyd was sure that something was wrong with his aunt, Patricia Leonie Balls. The family is tight-lipped over the circumstances which led to her death, but Balls, who was a social...

Published:Tuesday | February 18, 2020 | 12:24 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A leading data-protection legal expert has warned financial institutions to encrypt customer information to safeguard against privacy breaches like last week’s leaking of 5,000 client records at VM Wealth. Chief executive officer of the investment...

Published:Monday | February 17, 2020 | 12:09 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Reggae artiste Jah9 has pointed the finger at the Church for helping to create a culture in which some members of society become judgemental against others, in terms of when, how and who they choose to be intimate with. Jah9, whose birth name is...

Published:Thursday | February 13, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

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Published:Monday | February 10, 2020 | 12:21 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dunstan Bryan, battled to calm fears and outrage from concerned residents in Vineyard Town, St Andrew, over fast-tracked plans to establish a novel coronavirus quarantine centre at the St...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As the country braces for a continued period of below-normal rainfall, Senator Aubyn Hill, the chairman of the National Water Commission (NWC), has appealed to customers to avoid expressing dissatisfaction with water shortages on talk show...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:21 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

When nine-year-old Toriann Beckford topped a field of spellers from across 14 parishes yesterday, her elated grandmother revealed that the family has more members waiting in the wings to follow in those tiny footsteps. Toriann, who attends the...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Former police sleuth Garth Tapper narrowly escaped with his life on Saturday after he was shot by gunmen 10 times on Red Hills Road in St Andrew, prompting a warning from retired Senior Superintendent of Police Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford that all...

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:32 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

If the epicentre of the magnitude-7.7 earthquake felt across the island yesterday afternoon had struck the fault line between Jamaica and Haiti, the country’s infrastructure would have been severely tested by a temblor more powerful than the 2010...

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Travellers arriving at Kingston’s Norman Manley International Airport yesterday offered mixed reactions to the Jamaican Government’s plans to ramp up screening for the dangerous coronavirus with 16 countries already confirming infections have...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:29 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A late-night fire in central Kingston on Monday has left close to 20 persons, including children, homeless and one auto mechanic in debt as the blaze scorched three cars customers entrusted to his care. The fire was reported to have started around...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 7:42 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s ‘Pocket Rocket’, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, will call time on her Olympic career at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, an exclamatory end to a glittering run of form that began in Beijing 12 years ago. The sprint sensation made the revelation...

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2020 | 12:38 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Narmeo Walker had always told his girlfriend of more than three years, Tashanna McCourty, that his marriage proposal to her would be a grand spectacle, and with bravery he demonstrated just that in front of thousands of Jamaicans converging on the...

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