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Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Six persons were honoured by the St Catherine Municipal Corporation and the Joint Civic Affairs Committee at a Heroes Day Civic and Awards ceremony in Emancipation Square, Spanish Town, yesterday. Councillor Roogae Kirlew told The Gleaner that...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:28 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

With rising COVID-19 cases in the municipality, the St Catherine Health Department is moving to carry out intensive COVID-19 testing of residents in the 14 nursing homes in Portmore to see whether they have been affected by the virus. Prior to this...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2020 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Spanish Town Mayor Norman Scott is calling for a field hospital to be erected in St Catherine as the parish experiences an uptick in COVID-19 cases. He made the call against the background that the parish’s chief public health officer, Grayson...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Tuesday’s torrential rains resurrected a perennial problem in Waterford, Portmore, causing raw sewage to overflow from manholes in the homes of residents and on roadways. The residents are fearful that the community is at risk of serious health...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The death of her older sister on February 29 could have derailed academic success for Shanique McKenzie as she prepared to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations. Her sister was her mentor and study partner who stayed up...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Bellas Gate, a rural farming community in St Catherine, have been crying out for basic infrastructure and job opportunities for its declining youth population. But that lament for improved infrastructure, such as health and community...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2020 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Attorneys representing winning People’s National Party candidate for St Catherine North Western Hugh Graham and the Jamaica Labour Party’s Newton Amos have jointly called for reform to the present configuration of the ballots. Speaking to The...

Published:Saturday | September 5, 2020 | 12:16 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Former government senator Kerensia Morrison has extended the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) streak of victories in St Catherine North East, defeating Oswest Senior Smith of the People’s National Party (PNP) in Thursday’s general election. Morrison...

Published:Thursday | August 27, 2020 | 12:22 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Candidates running against strong incumbents in constituencies that are considered safe seats are usually seen as sacrificial lambs. In the constituencies of St Catherine South Western, West Central, South Central, and Central, considered to be...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 12:41 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party (PNP) supporters in the battleground constituency of St Catherine North Eastern are banking on the party’s ground operations to get their newly registered voters to the polling stations in two key divisions in the...

Published:Friday | August 14, 2020 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Evolving from a non-performing institution that was on the brink of closure, Kitson Town Primary School in St Catherine has made a dramatic turnaround and has honoured four of its top Primary Exit Profile (PEP) performers on Wednesday. The tone of...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2020 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

An internal feud that played out in the last local government elections has caused Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters in the Guy’s Hill division of St Catherine North Eastern to draw battle lines once again. The row is reportedly causing a bumpy...

Published:Saturday | August 8, 2020 | 12:16 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

THE CONSTANT complaints by residents of the Waterford community in Portmore about not knowing the justices of the peace (JPs) who were appointed to serve the area were addressed by the unveiling of a sign with the names of all seven JPs. The sign...

Published:Monday | July 20, 2020 | 12:16 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

“On June 11 we spent the entire day together,” recalled Shamir Biggs, widow of Detective Corporal Dane Biggs. “I prepared one of his favourite dishes, ackee and salt fish with dasheen, soft yam and boiled banana. When he finished eating, I asked...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Family members of Maurice Gordon Jr – the Jamaican man whose death represented a George Floyd-like cause célèbre against police brutality – restated their outrage over his May 23 killing at a thanksgiving service in Spanish Town on Sunday but said...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The national Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has defended its decision to grant a permit to Kumanda Park Limited, operators of Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine, for a proposed 72-acre expansion of the burial grounds. NEPA said that a...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A number of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters in the North East St Catherine constituency are demanding that party leader Andrew Holness replace Leslie Campbell with a representative from inside the constituency. The Labourites, most of whom...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2020 | 12:26 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Member of Parliament for St Catherine West Central Dr Christopher Tufton has suggested that an independent review be done of the technical study used by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) to approve the permit for the 71-acre...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, Norman Scott, has reduced the number of councillors who can physically attend general council meetings, a move he said is designed to adhere to existing protocols relating to social distancing....

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2020 | 12:58 PMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A number of small farmers in Glengoffe, St Catherine, who have experienced losses in crops amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the effects of the prevailing drought conditions, are now faced with the possibility of another natural...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:29 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Crowding at remittance outlets could cause St Catherine cases of the new coronavirus to spike, councillor for the Mt Industry division, Roogae Kirlew, has charged. Kirlew has also called for the regime of voluntary testing to be intensified. The...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

With a growing number of students at home facing food shortages, principal of the Old Harbour High School in St Catherine, Lynton Weir, has devised a care programme aimed at assisting them. The students are forced to do homeschooling because of the...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A massive sanitisation drive was carried out by the Portmore Municipal Corporation in the Sunshine City yesterday in preparation for the thousands of residents who are expected to come out to shop today – the second designated day for getting...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A major initiative to get commuters and residents using the Waterford bus terminal to wash their hands before boarding buses and taxis has been launched in an effort to keep the coronavirus out of the community. Waterford is located in Portmore, St...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Dry pipes have been making it difficult for thousands of residents in Mount Industry, St Catherine, to maintain sanitation guidelines issued by the Government to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus locally. With frequent handwashing and...

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