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Stories by Judana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Ten Jamaicans aboard the MSC Seaview cruise ship anchored in Brazil are growing weary of being at sea and are appealing to the Government to repatriate them in short order. The COVID-19 pandemic threw global travel and leisure into a tailspin in...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“Oh, gosh! I’m blown away!” were the first words uttered by Mark Sweeney shortly after he was presented with the keys to and documents for his new home. Two hundred homes were handed over at SilverSun Estate in St Catherine on Wednesday by the...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Vendors and fisherfolk at Hellshire Beach in St Catherine are appealing to the Government to keep beaches open as they attempt to recover from the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond...

Published:Tuesday | June 30, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It was George Williams’ first Sunday as a free man, and his family made certain that he had a hearty dinner and experienced the warmth and togetherness of being at home in Ewarton, St Catherine. The 71-year-old was released last week after spending...

Published:Monday | June 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Young Jamaican actor Sule Kamu Thelwell is among the cohort of 17 students accepted to The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London for the upcoming academic year. He is ecstatic about the acceptance but is faced with one major barrier:...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

TEN-YEAR-OLD RICQUAN Wright never sat in a grade-five class at St Michael’s Primary School. He exuded confidence and displayed a brilliant work ethic that propelled his teacher to recommend that he sit the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams, a year...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2020 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Students of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, will be able to access medical care islandwide at private and public institutions come September 2020, following the passing of an extended health-card policy led by the students’ guild....

Published:Friday | June 26, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Summer is generally an exciting time for students, but can also be hazardous for their educational growth owing to a lack of learning new material and not reviewing the old. Former permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster-...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Maciann McDermott was all smiles as she waited in the procession of vehicles decorated with balloons, banners and other paraphernalia for Dunrobin Primary School’s drive-through graduation on Thursday. For the first in more than three months, she...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2020 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The National Family Planning Board (NFPB) has launched a campaign geared at promoting health-seeking behaviours among pregnant women. Globally, every one to two minutes, a woman dies in pregnancy or childbirth. Jamaica’s maternal death rate stands...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

THE PRINCIPAL credited for the transformation of Constitution Hill Primary and Infant School is one of two Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) president-elect candidates for the 2020-2021 administrative year. With a population of 42 students and a...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Once ringfenced without portfolios in the Office of the Prime Minister, veteran politicians Karl Samuda and Mike Henry have been given a second wind with full appointments to the respective portfolios of education and labour. The endorsement by...

Published:Thursday | June 11, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

TWENTY-NINE-YEAR-OLD ALEC Martin, a Jamaican living in the United States, always desired to be his own boss. That hunger drove him to sink his teeth in the rough and tumble of entrepreneurship by learning from his dad, a dentist and businessman. “...

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“IT’S A mixture of emotions. I’m nervous and I’m extremely excited,” said Ruth-Ann Findlay yesterday after returning to school three months after COVID-19 containment measures resulted in the suspension of physical classes. “Coming to school...

Published:Saturday | June 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Black smoke billowed from cars set on fire and debris blocked the intersection of Waltham Park and Hagley Park roads in Kingston as residents of Cockburn Gardens protested the fatal shooting of 32-year-old Jermaine ‘Shawn‘ Ferguson yesterday...

Published:Friday | June 5, 2020 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

IN NORMAL times, Zavia Cunningham guides her students through the structured Spanish curriculum with face-to-face encouragement. But since March 13, the Wolmer’s Boys’ School teacher has had to find innovative ways to execute effective remote...

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A retired educator has launched a YouTube channel dedicated to storytelling, aiming to ignite a passion for reading in young children. Pop Story Gimme features stories narrated with a Caribbean flavour by Joyce Thompson, who hails from Darliston,...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

CLASSROOMS CRAMMED with up to 40 students will be a rare sight at secondary schools across Jamaica come June 8. Visits to schools across the Corporate Area where preparations are under way to facilitate exam refreshers showed classrooms that would...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:18 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Near-four-decade veteran District Con­stable Morris Walker was scheduled to proceed on retirement on June 29 but won’t get an opportunity to bask in the fruits of his labour. It was a sombre mood at the Cross Roads Police Station in Kingston on...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2020 | 12:25 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

School administrators and secondary-school students have criticised the decision to change exam dates, with the acting president of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals, Lynton Weir, expressing “serious concern” about performance...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Rum Lane in downtown Kingston have backed themselves to rise from the ashes of Wednesday’s fire that gutted several dwellings. But their rebound rests on how quickly they can get help in procuring building and roofing material to start...

Published:Friday | May 29, 2020 | 12:32 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

COVID-19 has put many significant events on hold, but many couples have remained determined to tie the knot. The Registrar General’s Department (RGD) offers registry weddings at 10 locations islandwide and has been an ideal option for scores bound...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Systems glitches doomed yesterday's historic online vote for the student government at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, forcing a postponement to June 2. The decision was made late yesterday following consultation with the...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

AS THEY refine the education ministry’s coronavirus protocols for the reopening of schools on June 8 for exam preparations, Jamaican administrators are in a race against time to overcome logistical and other challenges. The face-to-face classes are...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:26 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Parents and guardians preparing to return to worksites as COVID-19 restrictions ease next month are now mulling over another quandary: whether to risk sending their children to daycare. Others who have lost jobs or suffered steep pay cuts can’t...

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