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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...

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

AN ANALYSIS by the World Bank’s Education Global practice has shown that some Caribbean countries are off track to meet the global learning goals. “Even before the COVID pandemic, we were already faced with a very serious challenge in education,...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican children shielded in restrictive home environments from the coronavirus pandemic may be vulnerable to early-onset mental-health disorders, says Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan. The displacement in school and family since Jamaica recorded...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

THE GOVERNMENT is to announce the final decision on the sitting of the 2020 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) by next Monday. In a virtual meeting held by the Overseas...

Published:Saturday | May 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

MAXINE REYES grew up in the community of Marley Hill in South Manchester with her great-grandmother. She has fond memories of climbing mango trees and walking to school barefooted but this little girl never imagined that she would one day serve in...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:30 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Government is still mulling over its options in the face of insistence by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) that it will press ahead with external exams in July despite resistance by several regional states. Cabinet has not yet...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

THE UNIVERSITY Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) has been finding ways to cope amid the COVID-19 crisis. In an interview on Tuesday, Chief Executive Officer Kevin Allen told The Gleaner that they have been using added technology to support their...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

PRINTERS, LAPTOPS, projectors and monitors valued at $1.5 million were donated to the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) by the Universal Service Fund (USF) on Tuesday. The handover of equipment is part of a $50-million grant...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:35 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

FOOD BILLS across Jamaica’s 50 children’s homes and places of safety have increased since schools shuttered on March 13 amid the local spread of COVID-19, forcing wards to be home full time. The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA)...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Preliminary reports of child abuse to the National Children’s Registry in March fell by approximately 28 per cent compared to the previous month, signalling to welfare authorities that hundreds of children might be at greater risk of exploitation...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

When Rolando Nooks’ father passed away three years ago, his sister was unable to travel for the funeral and made one request of him. Using his mobile phone, the Jamaican streamed the service live for his sibling to view. “I was leaning into this...

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It was a double whammy of inconvenience for Sharon Carter, a vendor in Metcalfe Market, Annotto Bay. Carter, who lives in St Catherine, had just recently been relieved of the lockdown in the parish and is now being affected by the quarantine which...

Published:Friday | May 8, 2020 | 12:26 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Sandra Ferguson resides with her children and grandchildren in a concrete dwelling that is sectioned into four living quarters in the Fort George Road area of Annotto Bay. With 10 of them sharing kitchen and bathroom facilities, Ferguson said...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2020 | 8:54 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It has been more than a decade since two days of torrential rainfall sank the road connecting Aleppo Heights and Cromwell Land in St Mary. The road was fully rehabilitated by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund in partnership with the Aleppo...

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Port Maria Mayor Richard Creary has urged the Government to quarantine two St Mary communities that recorded a total of six new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. Creary was particularly concerned that those who tested positive were reportedly asymptomatic...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-year-old Fitzroy James was a picture of contentment as he sat in a minibus, selling 3,000 pounds of yam, Irish potato, cabbage, and other produce in Barbican, St Andrew, yesterday. He was one of several farmers gathered at a mid-morning...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“Spanish Influenza is still raging through this town. The hospital is very much over-crowded,” read an excerpt from an October 18 Gleaner newspaper. The year was 1918 and Amos Foster was 25 years old, and on the cusp of beginning his medical...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

AMID THE outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Allana Campbell’s family relocated from St Catherine to Stewart Town in Portland. When The Gleaner visited the family’s abode, the 14-year-old was seen perched atop a scaffolding on an unfinished...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:24 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Though miles away from home, 16-year-old Jaiden Weir-Jackson is extending her charity to Jamaicans as the Government seeks to flatten the COVID-19 curve. In the coming weeks, reusable cloth face masks that are fitted with charcoal filters will be...

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2020 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

COVID-19 has unravelled the thread of worship and social cohesion that bind Jamaica’s 6,000 Muslims, but adherents have, like other people of faith, adapted rituals to cope with the new norm of distancing. This reality has become more apparent in...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Chiceta Dacres Brown of Mount Friendship in St Andrew has been sewing reusable face masks to act as a layer of protection against the COVID-19 respiratory disease as the country continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Dacres Brown, a designer...

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2020 | 12:21 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Picking out their own produce at the market was part of their shopping ritual Calvin Renford and his wife relished, but with the onset of COVID-19 locally, the couple has to now explore new means of grocery shopping. They reside in Breastworks,...

Published:Friday | April 24, 2020 | 12:25 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) has received more than 30 reports of price-gouging since a law prohibiting exploitative costing took effect on March 31. Price-gouging occurs when a seller increases the prices of goods, services, or...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican who resides in the United States has launched a food-delivery platform for Caribbean restaurants in an effort to cushion the harsh impact of COVID-19 on business operations. The US has become the epicentre of the virus over the last...

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