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Stories by Jason Cross/Gleaner Writer

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 | 12:00 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

Students of the Pentab High School...

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 | 12:00 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 | 12:00 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...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Christmas for the Martin family was always packed with fun and laughter, with the orchestrator, Major Trevor Norman Martin, playing Santa Claus to just about everyone. This year, things were different. The family celebrated its first season...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A cloud of uncertainty hangs over scores of residents of downtown Kingston who are fearful that they could be kicked to the kerb as efforts continue to pump new life into once-bustling areas of the capital city. Some of these residents live in...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

In a stinging rebuke by the police union, high-ranking officers in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been accused of abusing their authority in approving transfers and other human-resource administrative action in a petty bid to punish...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As a busted main gushed water on to a section of the Sligoville main road in St Catherine yesterday, residents of nearby Mary Village expressed outrage at not having consistent supply for decades. It was the same scratched record that plays in many...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 12:53 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

On behalf of her cousin, Victoria Lee Sylvera, Elizabeth Langdon found herself among scores of Jamaicans converging on downtown Kingston yesterday, displaying artwork at the final 2019 staging of the Kingston Creative Artwalk, along Water Lane....

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:38 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Calvin Hunter was enrolled in an MBA programme around 2007-2008, with Dr Henley Morgan as his professor. He had no idea he would eventually find inspiration in one of Morgan’s “crazy” plans, which was to shut down his New Kingston-based business...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Thirteen-year-old Lanzel McCarthy III is already a budding entrepreneur. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he is one of a few youngsters of Matthews Lane in downtown Kingston manufacturing and selling beds. His grandfather...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Almost 40 children who attend the Lighthouse Basic School in New Haven, western St Andrew, were showered with gifts and loads of excitement on Monday, courtesy of the Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) Foundation. The children, who are...

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2019 | 12:24 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Residents of New Haven in St Andrew are at their wits’ end as the community is frequently overrun with raw sewage flowing through its streets, with residents battling health concerns amid the stench. They vented their frustration yesterday that...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

April 9, 2019 should have been just another ordinary day for Kemar Duncan while he was driving home in Portmore, St Catherine. But in a terrifying second, his life flashed before his eyes and almost left him that afternoon. Having survived a major...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A smartphone-based application is expected to open a new frontier in the anonymous reporting of crime right at the fingertips of the public. Launched last week, 311tips.com underwent rigorous evaluation over three years to ensure that it was fully...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:12 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Attorneys are being encouraged to contact Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) if they have special interest in protecting the rights of children who have been wrongfully incarcerated, especially those locked away in juvenile prisons on account of being...

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