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Published:Friday | July 31, 2020 | 12:10 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Being caught with 38 kilograms of cocaine in the United States in the 1990s landed Gary Simpson prison time and a one-way trip back home to Jamaica. But instead of harbouring regret and wallowing in self-pity, he has helped steer the children of...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2020 | 12:17 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As sporting associations prepare to host competitions as COVID-19 restrictions ease, a legal dispute between Independence Park Limited (IPL) and the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) may keep the country’s largest multipurpose facility in the...

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

The anguished look on the face of Bryan Yates was a tale of despair and defeat. Yates had left his home around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday to run a few errands before heading to work. But he ended up rushing back, a few minutes later, to a home burnt...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2020 | 12:20 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The life experiences of Marjorie Chin-Lewis have imitated the motion of a roller coaster. Chin-Lewis and a number of other persons, some of them family members, have squatted at 43 Hanover Street in central Kingston for decades, but after owners of...

Published:Saturday | July 25, 2020 | 12:21 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The exploits of 18-year-old Raheim Powell, who ran a 5K barefooted in 2018 from Greater Portmore to Spanish Town in St Catherine and back to the starting point of the race, have earned him and his family a comfortable home. After winning the race,...

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Lacey-Ann Brown, who gave birth to a baby girl a month ago, is among dozens of residents on the verge of being evicted from homes at 10 Olympic Way, White Wing, in Kingston. After years of warnings from the National Housing Trust (NHT) to vacate...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2020 | 12:08 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Rose Town have lamented persistent water shortages in the gritty Kingston community as unbearable, a plight that is set to worsen with the state-owned distributor turning off spigots amid deepening concerns over seven months of drought...

Published:Monday | July 20, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Government has been criticised for failing to reduce burnout among the nation’s nurses, who have been doubling and tripling up on duties at public hospitals and health centres amid increased workload since the onset of COVID-19. They have also...

Published:Monday | July 20, 2020 | 12:14 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Seeing the clothes and gadgets belonging to her 24-year-old son, Kevin Laidley, after he was shot dead by a gunman last Wednesday night in Cocoa Flat Gully, Rockfort, Kingston, has only compounded the grief that Sherine Taylor has had to endure...

Published:Friday | July 17, 2020 | 12:24 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As several disgruntled customers visited the head offices of telecoms company FLOW yesterday, tensions boiled over in their quest for their concerns to be addressed, resulting in an entrance door to the Half-Way Tree Road offices being kicked in....

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The COVID-19 pandemic may have crushed fairy-tale dream weddings for some in 2020, but the deadly disease was not scary enough for soldier Narmeo Walker to break his New Year’s Day pledge to marry his girlfriend. The 28-year-old private in the...

Published:Monday | July 13, 2020 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Living “like a rat” for almost a month now has brought nothing but frustration to 48-year-old Rohan Lawrence. The roof of the humble board structure he calls home in Bull Bay, St Thomas, was damaged some time ago after a truck hit a light pole,...

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2020 | 12:35 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The police are optimistic that the zone of special operations (ZOSO) declared in August Town, St Andrew, yesterday will solve the problem of gunmen plaguing the community once and for all. Senior Superintendent of Police Steve McGregor, who heads...

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The intervention of a political representative has brought calm to a clash between the new owners of a central Kingston property and its occupants over delays in vacating the premises, which is to be developed into a grocery store and café. The...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:30 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has hinted that the lockdown of Devon House amid reports of breaches of coronavirus legislation might not be protracted. The Government will today hold talks with the management of the Devon House Development...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A grief-stricken Jacqueline Dunkley says she is bewildered as to why her 16-year-old son, André Dixon, was brutally murdered by gunmen Friday night at the corner of Pechon and Beckford streets in downtown Kingston. André would have turned 17 later...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Salvation Army is slowly getting back on schedule to distribute food packages to the needy. The distribution schedule was disrupted by the curfews and other social- distancing measures initiated by the Government to contain the COVID-19...

Published:Saturday | July 4, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Bedward Crescent in August Town, St Andrew, yesterday accused members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) of shooting one of their neighbours while he was watering his plants at around 9:45 Thursday night. The residents also complained...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:25 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

“A dream come true.” That was how Merrick McNaughton summed up the grant of roughly $600,000 in equipment and material he received from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) yesterday to invest in his apiculture business. McNaughton was one of...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Restaurateurs are upbeat about today’s all-clear to start accommodating dining customers again after being restricted to take-out orders amid austere COVID-19 containment measures since March. Yesterday, Local Government and Community Development...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2020 | 12:36 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Kathi Cooke remembers how a hotel manager attempted to fondle her breasts when she was 19 years old. Her grief was compounded later when she witnessed her abuser being conferred with the Order of Distinction, one of Jamaica’s highest national...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2020 | 12:43 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Information technology company GeoTechVision Jamaica has objected to statements made by Technology Minister Fayval Williams in Parliament on Tuesday that the company delivered substandard devices to the Government under the Tablets in Schools...

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2020 | 12:22 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A WEEK after laying down an ultimatum to shut down the transport sector if a fare hike was not granted, bus and taxi lobbyist Egeton Newman’s bombast spat and sputtered before engaging first gear. Newman, president of the Transport Operators...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Being a policeman and a father of four sometimes proves tough for Constable Fitzgerald Anderson of Specialised Operations in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Anderson said that although he is away from home most of the time, he gets...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Denham Town Primary will be renamed the Edward Seaga Primary and Infant School in August. Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie made the announcement yesterday during a special church service at the Pentecostal City Mission Church in Kingston...

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