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Published:Monday | December 7, 2020 | 12:14 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Jabs were thrown at a handover ceremony for a bus to a primary school last Friday, as the head of an international charity lamented the lack of progress being made by stakeholders to develop the community, with the lack of Internet access chief...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2020 | 12:06 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Like anywhere in Jamaica, Christmas is a time when Mavis Bank is usually abuzz with activities, but this year, by all accounts from residents, will be very different because of COVID-19. Damario Brown, 12, a student of Mavis Bank High School, told...

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2020 | 8:29 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Almost a year later, Gina Lovell is hesitant to speak on the death of her six-year-old son, Davinee Smith, who perished in a fire in a room atop a shop on Beeston Street in downtown Kingston. The 25-year-old mother, who has a one-year-old son,...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2020 | 12:29 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Trouble appears to brewing within the leadership of the Jamaica Police Federation, with a storm gathering against the election of Corporal Rohan James as chairman on Wednesday. James defeated Sergeant David Bogle, who may launch a legal challenge...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2020 | 12:16 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Despite convicted gangster Uchence Wilson being slapped with a 26-year prison term, perceived lighter sentences for some of his eight cronies dishonour the memories of their victims, a senior Jamaican police officer has said. Wilson’s marauding...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:20 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The mothers of two men whose bodies were found in a macabre heap on a Portmore roadway on the weekend have denied that their killing was in revenge for the triple murder of an 81-year-old woman and her granddaughters. The deceased men have been...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:29 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A female lawmaker is strongly recommending that women comprise the majority of personnel on a tribunal under the proposed sexual harassment legislation now being reviewed by a joint select committee of Parliament. Acknowledging that her view might...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:18 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The Above Rocks Police Station yesterday emerged the top performer in Area Five, shining as a ray of hope in a proud moment for cops in the St Catherine North Police Division, the second bloodiest in the island. It has been a particularly...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:22 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A man in Thompson Pen, Spanish Town, was held at gunpoint on Monday night and ordered to summon his wife, Janice Ellison-Reid, who was then sprayed with bullets while their children barricaded themselves in a room. The decomposing body of 68-year-...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:14 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

With a name like Scarface, dog attack sceptics might be nervous about cosying up to a pit bull and showering him with kisses. Not so for Richard Byfield. Mutt-loving Byfield, who is himself called ‘Pit Bull’, is acutely aware of the growing concern...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

As Jamaica’s Crime Monitoring and Oversight Committee prepares to update the nation on its deliberations, stakeholders will be acutely aware that the wave of violence flaring for decades is still at crisis proportions. Despite a slew of coronavirus...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

It was a surreal moment on Tuesday for the sole PATH scholarship recipient, Shantel Williams, whose mother, a janitor, struggled to put her through school and missed the presentation ceremony because of commitment to a job that has sustained her...

Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2020 | 12:14 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Ten days after a teen was beaten at an illegal party, she is still hanging on to life in a coma at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Meanwhile, justice is being sought, with two women in custody and three still at large. The police are...

Published:Monday | November 16, 2020 | 12:12 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Marijuana smokers were drawn into the firing line of a Kingston pastor on Sunday, the minister using an International Men’s Day church service to rail against a practice he associated with non-productivity and the sense of malaise stymieing Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | November 14, 2020 | 12:12 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

An investigation has been launched into the death of a correctional officer who was stabbed by an inmate at the St Catherine Adult Correctional Centre yesterday morning. The deceased is Jimel Westley. The Gleaner understands that at about 9:45 a...

Published:Saturday | November 14, 2020 | 12:10 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Two 45 records placed on the chests of Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert and Edward ‘Bunny Striker’ Lee, with music from the ‘60s era, is how long-time friend and fellow musician Herman Davis, popularly known as ‘Bongo Herman’, chose to part with the...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2020 | 12:21 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

With recent rains causing severe flooding and landslides in Gordon Town and other areas of St Andrew, Shawn Burgess is a picture of concern, with his house precariously positioned between the storied Hope River and a hillside he is praying will...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2020 | 12:18 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Retired Major Johanna Lewin believes that occasions like Remembrance Day to honour war veterans are still momentous even when all the battle warriors have passed away. “They gave their lives for us. They made a lot of sacrifices, and many of them...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:19 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Going through hell. That’s how struggling 1970s reggae songbird Yvonne Sterling summed up her life after a weekend of flood rains swamped her humble home. Sterling, 64, is one of scores of residents of Riverside Drive in New Haven, western St...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

More than 30 applicants shortlisted for customer service and sales representative positions at a ghost call centre have raised an alarm and want the authorities to probe its operations. Some of the hundreds of jobseekers have reportedly paid over...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2020 | 12:11 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The mother of 49-year-old David Drummond has been having nightmares since the death of her son on July 16 in Palm district, Treadways, allegedly at the hands of contract killer Ashado ‘Boysie’ McFarlane. She still endures sleepless nights while...

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2020 | 12:14 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Chief parish judge Chester Crooks signalled yesterday to the prosecution and defence in the corruption case against former education minister Ruel Reid, Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) president Fritz Pinnock and their co-accused that he could...

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:12 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

When political violence erupted in the Olympic Gardens area of St Andrew West Central in the 1980s, Bradley McCallum Jr, who was living in the United States, saw the greatest exodus his community would experience. As the nation was gripped by...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:09 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Forty years after the bloody election campaign in 1980, Rosemarie ‘Debbie’ Maragh believes that she would not be alive today had it not been for her insistent sister and the heroic help of a man who braved heavy...

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