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Published:Tuesday | September 21, 2021 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

News that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine has been found to induce a robust immune response in children between five and 11 years old in a clinical trial has triggered a weary sigh of relief among educators hopeful that this latest victory...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Fatigued by dithering across political administrations for almost a decade, a coalition of deep-pocketed investors has pulled out of a multibillion-dollar commercial project that was targeted as the axis of the redevelopment of downtown Kingston....

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

One hundred-year-old Mavis ‘Aunty’ Little has created a life and legacy esteemed by many. The cheerful centenarian recently went down memory lane with The Gleaner, as she sat on her verandah, just beside a blooming orchid, at her Gordon Town, St...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Consultant bioethicist Dr Derrick Aarons has described as “unfortunate” that 70 per cent of Jamaicans canvassed in an RJRGLEANER-commissioned Don Anderson poll are opposed to mandatory COVID-19 vaccination. Vaccination has been a thorny issue...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Kingston Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) is appealing for financial assistance to alleviate a “crisis situation as its revenue has dried up owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The YMCA is acclaimed for transforming the lives of thousands...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Enrolment in major universities across Jamaica has remained within normal parameters, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and a shift to online learning. The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona registrar, Dr Donovan Stanberry, told The Gleaner that...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

PRINCIPAL OF Epsom Basic School in St Mary, Carleta Thomas-Douglas, has asserted that though online instruction is not ideal for young children, its effectiveness could significantly improve if parents are more involved in the process. “Some don’t...

Published:Wednesday | September 15, 2021 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Construction of a 60-bed field hospital at The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) is “moving steadily” with a month-end completion deadline in sight. The private-sector initiative is being spearheaded by group CEO of the RJRGLEANER...

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

After 10 months, the Gordon Town main road in St Andrew has been fully reopened to vehicular traffic, bringing relief to residents who hassled to travel to work and move goods and construction material to their homes. Cabinet approved a $187-...

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Lloyd Distant is urging members of the business community to utilise the framework set out in a joint private-sector advisory as a template for workplace COVID-19 vaccination policies. The five-...

Published:Monday | September 13, 2021 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has asserted that there isn’t a great deal of vaccine hesitancy in his St Andrew West Central constituency. He said constituents are not “hardened opposed” to getting vaccinated against COVID-19, but have taken on a...

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

Administrators at Edward Seaga Primary School in Kingston are seeking to increase participation of students in remote learning for the academic year that began on Monday. Acting principal Shernet Clarke-Tomlinson told The Gleaner that...

Published:Tuesday | September 7, 2021 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Inspectors contracted by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) are bemoaning delayed compensation, a situation that has left them unwilling to re-engage with the quality-assurance watchdog. The NEI’s mandate is to assess the standards attained...

Published:Friday | September 3, 2021 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A leading think tank has proposed that the impact of the COVID-19-induced school closure be addressed while the island simultaneously looks towards the start of the new school year next week and assesses prospects for the resumption of face-to-face...

Published:Tuesday | August 31, 2021 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican hospital administrators exhaled on Monday as new supplies of oxygen flowed into cylinders, breathing new life into a healthcare system starved of reserves amid a suffocating wave of coronavirus infections. Predawn collection of imported...

Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As COVID-19 infections streak across Jamaica at lightning speed, parents have been warned to safeguard preteens against the virus, with a paediatrician at the Bustamante Hospital for Children citing a troubling uptick in cases. A third wave of the...

Published:Thursday | August 26, 2021 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Before the vaccination site at the Mona Ageing and Wellness Centre at the University of the West Indies, Mona, was opened yesterday morning, more than 50 people were already eagerly in line to receive the single-shot Johnson...

Published:Tuesday | August 24, 2021 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN) is appealing to the health ministry to facilitate the vaccination of children 16 and older against COVID-19 without parental consent. Some 200,000 doses of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines have been earmarked by...

Published:Thursday | August 19, 2021 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-nine-year-old Amanda Burton resides in New Haven, St Andrew, with her 32-year-old daughter, who has a disability. Early-morning thunder and strong winds triggered by an approaching Tropical Storm Grace on Tuesday jolted her into preparation...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The contribution of women to the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) was on Tuesday highlighted during the 12th annual Marcus Garvey lecture, on the 134th anniversary of his birth. Garvey started the UNIA in 1914 and was Jamaica’s first...

Published:Friday | August 13, 2021 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Ninety-two per cent of females have missed school or work for three days due to severe pain associated with menstruation, in the absence of a pelvic disease, a recent study has revealed. Dysmenorrhea, as the condition is known, is one of the most...

Published:Wednesday | August 11, 2021 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-six-year-old Rejeen Morrison was admitted in hospital on March 11 for diabetic ketoacidosis, a complication associated with lupus. Morrison has several comorbidities, including trigeminal neuralgia, idiopathic autoimmune hepatitis,...

Published:Wednesday | August 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica-born nurse Dr Sandra Lindsay is urging the Government to determine the main reasons Jamaicans are hesitant about taking the COVID-19 vaccine in order to provide practical solutions and boost take-up amid rising infection numbers in the...

Published:Tuesday | August 10, 2021 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Grassroots Windrush organisations in the United Kingdom (UK) have renewed calls for a cessation or moratorium on deportation flights until the Windrush Scandal is fully addressed. At least 30 Jamaicans have been issued deportation orders for a...

Published:Monday | August 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As the Government prepares for the possibility of the full resumption of face-to-face education in September, public-health experts and educators are expressing concern about the health and safety of students, the majority of whom commute via...

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