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Published:Tuesday | February 11, 2020 | 12:11 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Despite three Jamaicans becoming infected with HIV every day, fewer than half of those diagnosed with the disease are on treatment. Data from the National HIV/STI Programme showed that 1,165 new cases were reported in 2018, a three per cent...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:05 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Expressions of thankfulness echoed throughout the National Commercial Bank (NCB) Wellness and Recreation Centre on Phoenix Avenue in Kingston last Thursday as $12 million was awarded to unsuspecting charities across the island under its Gratitude...

Published:Monday | February 3, 2020 | 12:24 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Despite crime and violence putting a blot on its name, Boys’ Town has, for the past 80 years, steadily maintained its mandate of contributing to nation-building. Located in the inner-city Kingston community of Trench Town, the Reverend Dr Hugh...

Published:Saturday | January 25, 2020 | 12:05 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Disappointment was etched on the faces of scores of recruits who showed up for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) enlistment drive but were turned away last Saturday because they did not meet the height or qualifications requirements. However,...

Published:Monday | January 20, 2020 | 12:53 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Steve Clarke* has been to prison 16 times in two different countries, but he is confident that this time will be his last. He is one of several persons currently enrolled in an inmate exit programme called Imagine Me at the Tamarind Farm...

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:16 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

It has been nine years since Joan Brown was shot and left for dead by her estranged husband. Though she is grateful, having survived the ordeal, she relives that morning every time she hears that a woman has died as a result of domestic violence...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:13 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

If the number of persons who attend a funeral determines how much you were liked, then Errol Anthony Rickman was well loved. Family, friends and well-wishers of the astronomer who passed away on January 3, 2020 from a heart attack at 85 years old,...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:10 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Married for more than 20 years with two children, 45-year-old Vince was seeking to find meaning for his life, and decided to take the plunge with magic mushrooms, a fungus with hallucinogenic properties. Having been born in the United States to a...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:09 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Hundreds of Americans are flocking Jamaican shores annually to get a high from magic mushrooms in pricey rural retreats, but the naturally occurring hallucinogen presents dangers and local authorities warn that importation of the fungal drug is...

Published:Tuesday | January 14, 2020 | 12:27 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Over at Cottage Park in Gregory Park, St Catherine, many men opt to unpack their psychological baggage to the only person they trust: the bartender. That was the case of Jamaica Defence Force Corporal Doran McKenzie, who emptied his soul to a...

Published:Friday | December 27, 2019 | 12:38 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Tracyann Ewars laughs as she mulls over the idea that at least for the next 18 years, she will have to buy two gifts each year for her daughter, the first girl to be born at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in Kingston on Christmas Day 2019. At 30...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 12:15 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Mobile Money has long been touted as the solution to bringing more persons into the formal financial system. For example, it can provide persons who are unable to qualify for a credit card, but who have access to a cell phone with access to...

Published:Monday | October 14, 2019 | 12:07 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Forgetfulness, cost, and the belief that they can survive without it are said to be some of the reasons why the elderly in Jamaica might not be taking their medication as they should. With more than 50 per cent of Jamaica’s elderly either living...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:21 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) said that despite numerous education campaigns, most Jamaicans refuse to dispose of their garbage properly. Executive director of NSWMA, Audley Gordon, who was speaking at a Gleaner Editors’...

Published:Wednesday | October 9, 2019 | 12:06 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

A salary increase, new uniforms, health insurance and developmental workshops are among things the management of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has implemented to improve the working conditions of garbage collectors. The...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:06 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Crime Stop Jamaica (CSJ) has revealed that nearly half of the persons who give the organisation anonymous tips, including those helping investigators to crack murder cases or locate wanted persons, do not ask for a reward. Through the non-profit’s...

Published:Saturday | September 21, 2019 | 12:09 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Despite giving Crime Stop Jamaica (CSJ) hundreds of tips per year, many Jamaicans are still unwilling to step forward to ensure that those tips materialise into convictions. Since the start of the year, CSJ has received 723 tips, with a success...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:31 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica has recorded the most incidents of human rights violation when compared to its Caribbean neighbours. According to the regional civil society-led human rights reporting mechanism, the Shared Incident Database (SID), of the 1,413 reports...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:12 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

While the topic is difficult for most, experts believe the methods and risk factors of suicide have to be discussed if the country is to see a fall in the numbers of persons who kill themselves annually. Accorded to police data, 61 people...

Published:Wednesday | August 21, 2019 | 12:20 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

The university lecturer who had promised to give needy students his approximately $3 million in basic salary annually had his contract terminated by The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, amid questions about his mental state. Dr René...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:24 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

According to data from the 2018 Economic and Social Survey Jamaica, persons outside the labour force increased by 2.9 per cent when compared to the figures for 2017. Prepared by the Planning Institute Of Jamaica (PIOJ), the survey noted that there...

Published:Saturday | August 3, 2019 | 12:08 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

As tourists and locals descended upon the Second City in droves last month for the week-long Reggae Sumfest, several small players in the local accommodations sector cashed in offering weary patrons a place to rest their heads. Those who did...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:33 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Concerned about Jamaica’s alarming crime rate, more and more women are seeking ways to protect themselves – including importing and using illegal tasers and pepper sprays – even as some express frustration with the almost impossible process of...

Published:Tuesday | July 9, 2019 | 12:18 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

At the end of 2018, the strength of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) stood at 11,790, which is 2,301 less than its establishment size, but Police Commissioner Major General Antony Anderson said that since the start of the year, more than enough...

Published:Monday | July 8, 2019 | 12:28 AMCarlene Davis/Gleaner Writer

Another year and another major award for author, community activist and human resource professional Kimberlee Shelley-Ajibolade. This time, she walked across the stage to collect the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award. Last year, Shelley-Ajibolade...

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