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Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2021 | 12:10 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Amid what was a difficult 2020, dozens of Jamaicans who lived public lives or gave stellar service in various fields over the years bade their goodbyes, leaving the nation in mourning. As the coronavirus pandemic reached our shores, Jamaicans were...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:14 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Grief and pain gripped the air as mourners gathered at the Sedge Pond Basic School in Race Course, Clarendon, yesterday to celebrate the life of six-year-old Oshane ‘OJ’ Banton, whose body was found in a sewage plant near his home in Lionel Town...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:14 AMHopeton Bucknor/Gleaner Writer

Armed robbers pulled off a daring million-dollar heist in Hopewell, Hanover, the second such incident since Friday, raising the level of panic among residents and business operators in the seaside community. Shortly after 2 p.m. yesterday, as...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

At least one high school principal has asserted that the lack of face-to-face engagement and limited cognitive stimulation have accounted for significant learning loss among students. Principal of Cumberland High School in St Catherine, Darien...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:08 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Jamaica’s honorary consul to Barbados is trying to locate a Jamaican prostitute who was reportedly caught with two British tourists in a hotel in Barbados on December 30. The Jamaican was said to have been invited to the hotel room...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

At least two principals in St Thomas who have opened their doors for the resumption of face-to-face classes have raised concerns about a percentage of students who have not been engaged since the closure of schools in March 2020. These students,...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Nigel Townsend stared at a photograph of the dilapidated structure, where he used to lay his head, in disbelief when The Gleaner visited him last week. His eyes fastened on the photo taken when our news team first highlighted his plight; he could...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:17 AM

The Government is now facing another massive bill following heavy rainfall that resulted in severe flooding in sections of St James on Friday and yesterday, which left many businesses and motorists with extensive damage. The showers, which started...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:17 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Hundreds of Jamaicans are reportedly turning to unauthorised COVID-19 laboratories and makeshift facilities for antigen (rapid) tests, as Government’s insufficiency is being blamed for a rising underground market with questionable ethical practices...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:16 AM

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is labelling new COVID-19 measures imposed on Canadian visitors trying to return home as a travel restriction tactic, noting that Jamaica joins a host of countries that will not be able to meet such...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:16 AMJanet Silvera - Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: A new mandatory COVID-19 test requirement introduced by the governments of Canada and the United Kingdom (UK) is about to further sink the Caribbean’s dismal arrival numbers. The new protocol, effective January 7, requires that all...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:16 AMErica Virtue - Senior Sunday Gleaner Writer

Jamaican Jennifer Lester, who wields management power at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), said the pandemic sweeping the world is unprecedented and there is no playbook to predict or determine the devastating tentacles of the disease, which...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:16 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed her regular visits to the land of her birth, but Jennifer Lester remains rooted in her Jamaican heritage which she believes has not only tested but solidified her resilience for hard work. “I am Jamaican to the...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:09 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Hundreds of vacationers hoping to return to Canada are now stranded in Jamaica after new rules requiring them to show proof of a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test in order to enter the country came into effect on January 7. All...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:09 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Security barricades have been erected in the community of Trench Town from Lower First Street to Fifth Street along each intersection linking West Road to prevent further drive-by shooting as tension continues to increase in the area. There has...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

With a single Caribbean country yet to receive any vial of the COVID-19 vaccine released a month ago, Prime Minister Andrew Holness says big countries are hoarding the precious medicine. Wealthy countries have been engaged in surplus buying since...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMChristopher Thomas/Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: The Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is presently overseeing the construction of an additional ward now being built at the Falmouth Public Hospital in Trelawny. Construction of the facility comes even as the Falmouth...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMJonielle Daley/Staff Reporter

Government officials, diplomats, business associates, and staff members turned out at the Stella Maris Roman Catholic Church in St Andrew to pay their respects to Gordon Arthur Cyril ‘Butch’ Stewart, who died late Monday evening in Florida....

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:07 AMCecelia Campbell-Livingston/Gleaner Writer

Linda Harris, 78, from Pennantwood in Clarendon, is not quite ready to call it quits on her favourite pastime. The senior, who has an enviable collection of certificates, awards and trophies, brags about her domino prowess which has earned her a...

Published:Saturday | January 9, 2021 | 12:07 AMChristopher Serju/Senior Gleaner Writer

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is to undertake a comprehensive garbage characterisation survey, slated to get under way in the second quarter of the year, to determine what percentage of much of the country’s solid waste is...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMJonielle Daley/Staff Reporter

“We can’t lay down our arms in terms of the education of our students. It has to continue,” stressed Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Fayval Williams. And she is beseeching parents to match her passion and determination, calling on...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMJanet Silvera/Senior Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU: Dalton ‘Red Yute’ Smith has cried every morning since Tuesday, unable to temper his mourning for the man he called ‘Father’, Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, whose life was celebrated yesterday at the chapel at Sandals Montego Bay in St...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Staff Reporter

Britain’s top diplomat here held up Jamaica’s strong democratic traditions as an example to the world as he blasted United States (US) President Donald Trump for the rioting that unfolded at the US Capitol building in Washington on Wednesday. Four...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:11 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Contrary to earlier reports, reputed gangster Richie Poo remains hospitalised in critical condition, the police told our news team yesterday. On Wednesday, several persons, including family members and law enforcement officers, had reported that he...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Ten members of the judiciary, nine of whom are females, were yesterday appointed to serve at higher levels within Jamaica’s justice system. Appointed were Vivene Harris, who will serve as Judge of Appeal, effective January 11; Carole Barnaby, who...

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