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Published:Thursday | January 23, 2020 | 12:21 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican authorities have heightened the alertness of officials at ports of call amid the emergence of a new virus that has caused more than a dozen deaths in China and has spread to four other countries, including the United States. Travellers –...

Published:Saturday | January 18, 2020 | 12:33 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“They’re just excited. Let me settle them down,” she whispered, as the Gleaner team entered grade 9K at Kingston High School on Wednesday afternoon. With her right hand raised, she began the countdown: “Five, four, three ... let’s go!” In a matter...

Published:Friday | January 17, 2020 | 12:45 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As the nation struggles to recover from the despair over a recent spate of murders of women by ex-lovers, Chairman of the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches Bishop Conrad Pitkin has made a plea for church leaders to take a greater stance on the...

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:31 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Human Resource Management Association of Jamaica (HRMAJ) is pushing its more than 300 member organisations to implement social media policies for their employees. The call follows Monday’s internal memo to staff by Director of Public...

Published:Wednesday | January 15, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“I love you.” Those were the affectionate words young Tahjae Smith longed to hear from his father. Last June, Smith was engaged in a Peace Management Initiative mentorship programme funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund and the National...

Published:Saturday | January 11, 2020 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Pipes run through the community of Goulbourne Valley in St Andrew but the infrequency with which residents access water through them is their complaint. A 23-year-old resident, who gave his name as Joel, told The Gleaner that he has been living in...

Published:Friday | January 10, 2020 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Price. It was a common thread in conversations a Gleaner news team had with coffee farmers and pickers in Penlyne Castle, St Thomas, on Tuesday. The farmers are lamenting that they are not receiving a profitable return on their investment in the...

Published:Thursday | January 9, 2020 | 12:47 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

In the farming community of Penlyne Castle, St Thomas, women are the main ones employed to pick coffee cherries from the trees that span the mountain community. Nadine Tait has been picking coffee since she was 15 years old. Now 39, she is a...

Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Westwood High School, SOS Children’s Village and Clifton Boys’ Home were presented with $500,000 each by Guardian Group at the company’s Blast Off 2020 event last Friday. Last year, the company undertook several fundraising ventures to assist...

Published:Saturday | January 4, 2020 | 12:22 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

On a Sunday afternoon in September 1983, a young Patrick Hylton, now well-known banker, travelled by bus from Four Paths in Clarendon to Six Miles in Kingston. He had with him two bags – one with clothes and the other with a rolled piece of...

Published:Wednesday | January 1, 2020 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Weight loss may be in your top 10 goals for the new year and this might have been sitting on that list for some years now. Trashing the quick fixes and making a lifestyle change may make the goal much easier to attain as Stacy-Ann Whyte Toolsie...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Bamboo is being heralded as the perfect alternative to plastic and styrofoam products as Jamaica moves into a new phase on bans against materials that are largely considered to be harmful to the environment. “We are encouraging Jamaicans to grow...

Published:Friday | December 27, 2019 | 12:35 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Just over 100 new and lightly used, age-appropriate books were handed over to the Jamaica National Children’s Home (JNCH) in Papine, St Andrew, on Christmas Eve. Paul Lalor, president of the Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI), the donor,...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 1:03 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Morant Bay’s mayor has indicated that a resolution will be moved in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation, which he leads, to have a street in the parish renamed in honour of Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh. The 23-year-old Singh, who was born in St...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 1:01 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Cecile Bailey, the grandmother of Miss World 2019 Toni-Ann Singh, was overwhelmed with emotions yesterday when The Gleaner visited her home. She had not yet seen or spoken to her granddaughter since her coronation in London, England, on December 14...

Published:Saturday | December 21, 2019 | 12:26 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Clanging pot covers, loud cheers, screams and congratulations greeted Miss World 2019, Toni-Ann Singh, at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) in Kingston yesterday evening. Many snapped photos, recorded videos to relish the moment, and...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:44 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Shemar Clarke comes from Rockfort in east Kingston and he beamed with pride as he spoke about his journey in the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP). The 18-year-old, who is a former student at Holy Trinity High, said chief among his...

Published:Friday | December 20, 2019 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Civil Aviation Authority received a boost on Wednesday with a US$17 million investment in the upgrading of the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre (KATCC). In September 2017, lightning damaged equipment at the centre, crippling operations for a...

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:34 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Farmers in Cambridge Hill, St Thomas, are reeling from the impact of a nearby quarry operation on their crops. “Pain dem gi wi! That’s all wi get from dem,” lamented 60-year-old Norman Wilson. The Cambridge Hill Quarry, licensed to mine shale, is...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:37 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Ingrid Grant-Smith could not hold back tears as excerpts from the essay submitted by her employer for the GraceKennedy-Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year award were being read yesterday. “To God be the glory, great things He has...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:30 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

They placed wires strategically on the breadboard to create the circuit. As each LED bulb was inserted, it lit up in bright red, yellow, green or blue. “The power is over here, so if you put [the bulb] behind it, it cannot get current – the...

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2019 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Crime has sparked a plunge in the school population of Bull Bay Infant and Primary by almost 70 per cent as families have fled outbreaks of violence that have rocked the eastern Jamaica community. Enrolment has plummeted from more than 400 “a...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It was cheer all around. Bright smiles and eager faces were seen as the clown twisted the balloons, and many bold children joined performers on stage to sing a line. Through a partnership between Sanmerna Foundation and Inspire to Empower...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:28 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

More than 375 cases of identity duplication have been detected by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) since the start of the year. Eighty-one cases were identified in the last three months and have been submitted to the agency’...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

After unloading two heaped wheelbarrows of marl and throwing in cement from a used sugar bag, a 20-something man gradually added water to his mixture yesterday and churned out 25 blocks. Under a zinc shed in eastern St Andrew, he is the labourer,...

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