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Stories by Judana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | August 28, 2020 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Thwaites, a man of the cloth, who also wears the hat of family man, politician, lawyer, journalist and talk show host. Thwaites, who has been the Kingston Central member of parliament since 1997, will not be seeking re-election in...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2020 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be offering psychosocial sessions for students during the month of September. Owing to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the phased reopening of schools has been delayed until October 5. Schools...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2020 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Homes on edge, a truck held up by its fuel tank on the riverbank, and an uprooted utility pole resulting in a power outage. It was a scene residents of Eight Miles in Bull Bay, St Thomas, said they have never seen before. Severe weather associated...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Multiple landslides and a massive breakaway in Windsor Forest, St Thomas, have left hundreds of residents marooned, without electricity and Internet access. Residents of Richmond, Bethel, Cedar Valley, and adjoining communities have also been...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 12:53 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Daryl Vaz will be casting his vote in Portland Eastern for the second time as his wife and political partner, Ann-Marie Vaz, seeks to win in her first general election. ‘Man of Action’ and ‘Action Ann’, as they are affectionately called, are both...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Some residents of Caswell Farm, also known as Kimona Heights in St Catherine North Central, have pledged to give the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Natalie Campbell-Rodriques their vote in the September 3 polls. The residents with whom The...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Daryl Vaz has declared that he is not daunted by the challenge of Valerie Neita-Robertson, the latest contender for the Portland Western seat, as he gears up for the September 3 polls. “Four of them have already...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:26 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Portland Eastern incumbent Ann-Marie Vaz is “100 per cent confident” that she will retain the seat in her first general election. Following her nomination yesterday, the candidate declared that her work can be seen...

Published:Monday | August 17, 2020 | 12:25 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Broadened pretesting requirements for non-residents visiting Jamaica are expected to put additional pressure on local health officials, Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton has said. Commencing August 20, non-residents from the...

Published:Monday | August 17, 2020 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Three-time People’s National Party (PNP) Member of Parliament Natalie Neita is relying on the intelligence and the connection she has with the people of St Catherine North Central to secure her win in the upcoming general election. “I’ve always...

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2020 | 12:22 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Debates Commission has been “meeting more frequently of late” in anticipation that a general election will be called soon, Noel daCosta, its chairman, has confirmed. Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to announce the election...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The bravery of district constables Basil Fuller and Sean Pierre, who fought raging seas in stormy weather and risked their lives while travelling to Honduras and back, is being recognised almost four years later. The two are to be conferred with...

Published:Friday | August 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Speechless. That sums up the initial reaction of sign-language interpreter Antoinette Aiken, a household face beamed on TV screens and online, when she discovered that she would be inducted into the Order of Distinction (OD) in the rank of Officer...

Published:Thursday | August 6, 2020 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Manoeuvring the virtual classroom since the COVID-19 pandemic has been more difficult for some students than others. Genesis Academy is a private high school in Kingston that caters to students with autism – at all levels of the spectrum – Down...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

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Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:18 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

One-third of respondents in a Don Anderson-Market Research Services poll have found favour in online teaching based on their review and observation of their children’s experience. Schools were shuttered in mid-March as part of COVID-19 containment...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Global Entrepreneur and business development professional Mea Boykins has been living in Jamaica for just under a year, making it the sixth country she has called home. A native of Louisiana, Boykins was raised in New Orleans, United States of...

Published:Friday | July 24, 2020 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Crystal Clarke was emotional yesterday as she was presented with a four-bedroom home in Portmore Villa, St Catherine, describing it as a birthday gift and a lifetime dream. The household worker and mother of eight, whose challenges providing for...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

When Larose Sarju joined the accounting department of The Gleaner Company in January 1969, meeting her husband there was the farthest thing from her mind. But the universe aligned quickly and in the same month she met Bernard, a proofreader. They...

Published:Tuesday | July 21, 2020 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Kingston Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) has been struggling to ride the waves of the COVID-19 pandemic with millions of dollars in revenue wiped out due to containment measures. When The Gleaner visited the Hope Road, St Andrew,...

Published:Friday | July 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The ongoing violence in the community of August Town has often interrupted the education of students, and with the COVID-19 pandemic, that plight has only worsened. Principal of August Town Primary School Jennifer Solomon said teachers and...

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips is appealing to the Government to treat as a matter of urgency the protocols for the reopening of schools in September. Educational institutions were ordered closed on March 13 as a containment measure amid the...

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican photographer Barry Harley is among 121 creatives who recently won the 2020 Communication Arts award of excellence and was featured in their professional journal. Harley’s photos form part of a documentary exploring the hazards and abuses...

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The organisers of Dream Jamaica, a charity organisation which has been mentoring Jamaican high-school students on their journey to tertiary-level education since 2008, are undeterred by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its flagship activity is an annual...

Published:Friday | July 10, 2020 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Thirty-four tablet computers were handed over to Hope Valley Experimental School on Tuesday under the Tablets for Teachers Programme. The Government and the Jamaica Teachers’ Association signed an agreement in May 2018 for the provision of 25,000...

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