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Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

When his main areas of business were hit by the fallout from government-imposed coronavirus containment measures, an innovative P.J. Wright decided to start a new company, Mint Cleaners, and take with him employees from his flagging ventures. Mint...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:07 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican parents and community groups have been urged to adopt a more activist role in protecting children from sexual predators who are increasingly lurking on the Internet. Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant, who is still...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

LESS THAN 24 hours after the Government hinted at its hope for a whole-scale reopening of call-centre sites after an outbreak of COVID-19, it has emerged that a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm has been ordered shut by public health...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:20 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As she willed her near-powerless legs to move while being accompanied home by relatives on Saturday afternoon, Annett Drummond was a crude caricature of frailty and grief. The distraught woman was speechless after trying to identify the body of her...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Stuck in Jamaica following the closure of the island’s borders as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19, Akilah Southwell, an Antiguan, and first-year law student at The University of the West Indies (UWI), was homesick. When news came...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Yesterday’s commissioning of a high-tech machine at the National Public Health Laboratory in Kingston is expected to expand Jamaica’s capacity for testing for the new coronavirus amid criticism that low assessments were giving a false picture of...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 12:09 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Spanish Town Mayor Norman Scott has appealed to Prime Minister Andrew Holness to increase the number of COVID-19 testing sites and kits throughout St Catherine, especially since residents may have come in contact with workers from the Alorica call...

Published:Monday | April 20, 2020 | 12:18 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Sheka Robinson believes that a pang in her stomach while she was at work last Friday morning, followed by a teacup shattering, were omens of the fatal shooting of her 16-year-old son, Dave Tyrrell, in Denham Town, west Kingston. His murder, around...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As Ministry of Health...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Though COVID-19 has caused the shuttering of churches nationwide and left houses of worship with a handful of congregants in their pews, Jamaican clerics rallied Christians to project faith in a time of disease and despair. The global pandemic has...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The goodwill of the police and state bus staff was called into action on Saturday afternoon as they helped rescue scores of stranded St Thomas residents who were unable to leave downtown Kingston for home as all buses and taxis had deserted the...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:21 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Huddled yesterday morning as a pastor prayed in the front yard where their loved one, 52-year-old Colleen Walker was murdered on Thursday, family members grieved while pondering on a possible motive. A rake was still on the lawn beside a small pile...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

With schools closing more than three weeks ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Jamaican parents are finding it challenging to keep their children on track with lessons at home as teachers work out alternative arrangements to deliver...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:30 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The family of a man who returned to the island recently from New York and passed away at his home in Jericho, Linstead, St Catherine, on Saturday, is wracked with concern over whether he might have died from complications associated with the novel...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As Leonard Sinclair stirred his bubbling pot of ital stew yesterday, he marvelled at how the novel coronavirus that has filled the world with fear has, paradoxically, drawn him closer to his family. COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, has...

Published:Saturday | April 4, 2020 | 12:10 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

It would appear that the majority of Jamaicans are complying with the weeklong nightly curfews implemented on April 1 to help stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the island. On a tour of several communities in St Catherine as well as...

Published:Thursday | April 2, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Holding the face of his smartphone outward, Romario Hastings looked with wonder at photos he had captured of an eerily near-empty downtown Kingston minutes before the 8 p.m. start to the islandwide curfew imposed by the Government to contain the...

Published:Monday | March 30, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) is already seeing its bottom line bleed from the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, costing the power provider hundreds of millions of dollars with the onset of the fallout into its early stages....

Published:Saturday | March 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) has confirmed that a member of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has tested positive for the coronavirus. According to head of the CCU, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Stephanie Lindsay, the...

Published:Thursday | March 26, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The 75-year-old grandmother of 22-year-old Ahkeem Lindsay, who was shot and killed yesterday at the cook shop where he worked, said that the news of his death has hit her hard just as she was overcoming the passing of a son. The murder happened on...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:33 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Barbers, hairdressers and nail technicians are bracing for details of a government order limiting opening hours, further trimming their bottom line as the novel coronavirus outbreak drives away touch-conscious customers. Some operators are on the...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Municipal corporations will provide care packages daily to the estimated 2,000 homeless Jamaicans as philanthropic efforts have been disrupted by COVID-19, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie announced last night. Meals will also be...

Published:Monday | March 23, 2020 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Churches in Kingston and St Andrew have been adhering to Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ order against mass gatherings, holding services with 20 persons or fewer as they observe social distancing to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus in...

Published:Tuesday | March 17, 2020 | 12:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) has reportedly advised funeral homes that it will not accept bodies for post-mortems until further notice because of COVID-19 concerns. Chief executive officer (CEO) of House of Tranquillity, Joseph Cornwall,...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Visitors to the island have been facing intensified scrutiny at air and seaports by officers from the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) as officials ramp up the levels of precaution taken, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, chief...

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