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Stories by Paul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

LONG REGARDED as the forgotten stepchild of Jamaica’s tourism industry, Treasure Beach was dealt a massive blow when the Government, on March 24, closed the country’s borders to inbound travellers amid the outbreak of COVID-19. With the vast...

Published:Monday | May 25, 2020 | 12:16 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Another cruise ship with hundreds of Jamaican crew members aboard is due to dock in Falmouth Monday afternoon. Their return is part of the Government’s stated objective to bring home all nationals stranded at sea before the tentative date of May 31...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Alexandria Rodriques and her 16-year-old sister, Amanda, have tapped business opportunities out of farmers’ markets by buying bulk produce at low cost and retailing, on order, to established clientele. “We buy wholesale every week for our own...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Government is pushing back against the pro-nationalist and protectionist ideology sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic, with its most senior foreign-policy official warning political administrations to stay true to the agenda of globalisation.

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:13 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans are found everywhere, and they tend to add flavour to life as they are currently doing in New York, the epicentre of the USA’s COVID-19 outbreak where there are nearing 1.5 million confirmed cases. It is a view that Lieutenant Commander...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

No date has been settled on for the return of Jamaicans stranded aboard the Royal Caribbean Adventure of the Seas cruise ship, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has said. Responding to pressure from the Opposition for state intervention,...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:24 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The more than 70 truck drivers who draw water from the JISCO/Alpart bauxite plant in St Elizabeth for commercial use across several communities in Essex Valley have labelled as unfair and insensitive the decision by its Chinese operators to...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:22 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

SOUTH KOREA’s Lim Baejin, the new chargé d’affaires to Jamaica, has not been in the job long – only about two months – but he has already laid down plans to promote the upgrade of the current position to a full ambassadorial one. “During my tenure...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:11 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The 14-day quarantine under which three St Mary communities were placed last week has heightened the fears of some expectant mothers, who already worried about the deadly coronavirus being spread in the area. The containment measure, which was...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:21 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

There are hundreds of healthcare workers engaged in contact tracing, the method by which trained health personnel interview people who may have been in contact with persons having contagious illnesses such as COVID-19. It is a necessary part of...

Published:Friday | May 8, 2020 | 12:25 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

An application earlier this year by Mahoe Gaming Enterprises Limited (MGEL) has not benefited from any preferential treatment by the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC). That was the finding of ex-commissioner of the Integrity...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 9:17 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

COVID-19-ravaged regional economies, including Jamaica, will need the united strength of the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) to help revive their micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) sectors, many of which have been decimated. That...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:49 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) director, Dr Carissa Etienne, is warning that lifting COVID-19 restrictions too soon could accelerate the spread of the virus and open the door for a dramatic upsurge in countries of the region. The warning...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:56 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Rooms hollowed by the coronavirus disease are telltale signs of its debilitating effect on the tourism sector, with small hotels and Airbnb operations victims of the economic headwinds. Virtually all the small hotels and guest houses a Gleaner...

Published:Saturday | May 2, 2020 | 12:20 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A careful review of Ministry of Health data indicates that there is no case of COVID-19 on Pedro Cays, the popular fishing hamlet, off Jamaica’s south coast and the fisherfolk based at the Old Harbour Fishing Village in St Catherine want to keep it...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:28 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

People of Caribbean and African ancestry in the United Kingdom (UK) admit to being concerned over the impact of COVID-19 on their communities, historically some of the poorest in Britain, with a disproportionate number of deaths among black people...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:09 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

CARING FOR elderly family members during the COVID-19 outbreak is proving a challenge as it demands constant reminders to wash hands and physical assistance at a time when social distancing is being touted. The elderly fall into the high-risk group...

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2020 | 12:06 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Two minutes after Ian Falconer dumped water from two drums on to a raging fire on Sunday, he peered through the smokey haze to see a little hand gripping an old bed. That hand was his three-year-old son’s. Falconer, an 18-year veteran assigned to...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:05 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

ROSE DIXON travels eight miles daily from Coleyville to Chudleigh in Manchester to get water from a community standpipe. It is an ordeal, she said, she would rather forego, except she cannot afford to, as it is the only way to get some of the...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

A two-month-old child is among 31 new cases of COVID-19 recorded by the health ministry yesterday, pushing the tally to 288. On Thursday, the Ministry of Health reported that a four-year-old child from Montego Bay died as a result of COVID-19,...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Farmers in Manchester are battling on two fronts – a near five-month drought that has ravaged crops, leaving them reeling from millions of dollars in losses made worse by the closure of dozens of large hotels from the impact of COVID-19. In...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2020 | 12:25 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican teachers in Japan have said that they are afraid and anxious as uncertainty sweeps the globe amid a deadly coronavirus pandemic that has crippled economies and left nearly 200,000 people dead. “I can’t wait to see the back of this virus,...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:20 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

The resumption of the school term is often marked by students jostling for desks and chairs. Now, they’re scrambling for cell phones in an emerging scenario of musical chairs – especially in multichild households. Several parents and teachers who...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:09 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

It’s often said that the truest test of love is during times of crises, and with seniors at high risk for adverse COVID-19 health outcomes, a number of Jamaicans have been stepping up to assist elderly persons during the pandemic. Last Saturday,...

Published:Monday | April 20, 2020 | 12:20 AMPaul Clarke/Gleaner Writer

Seventy-six-year-old Rupert Langstaffe was visibly tired as he rested against the wall outside a wholesale in Independence City, Portmore, last Wednesday. Langstaffe supports the lockdown of St Catherine parish imposed on April 15 as the “right...

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