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Stories by Kareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Published:Friday | June 18, 2021 | 1:00 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

A little over a year ago, Bull Bay was one of the first communities to be quarantined because of the coronavirus pandemic. Residents were fuming at how food items were being shared and the stigma that was attached to them. However, during the...

Published:Friday | April 30, 2021 | 12:15 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Blessed with a captivating smile and warm demeanour, Wesley Tate’s* exterior projects a stark contrast to the reality of his life. Born to an unemployed diabetic father and an estranged mother only compounded the hardship he had to endure. “My...

Published:Friday | April 30, 2021 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

One of the most exciting places to be in any district is the square, where all the commercial activities take place. Whitehouse in Westmoreland is no different. There is a broad roadway, which runs through the town and is flanked by commuters on...

Published:Friday | April 23, 2021 | 12:11 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Described by his principal as a ‘born leader’, Seth Stephenson* sits on his chair, with a knapsack on his thigh, a stoic look on his face, and a black slippers to go with his school uniform. His assertiveness during our conversation is noteworthy...

Published:Friday | April 23, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

The large community of Bull Bay, which consists of the famous Nine and 11 Miles areas, has fallen prey to crime in the past year, with the community recording a flare-up in violence. Much of this stems from the high level of unemployment and...

Published:Friday | April 16, 2021 | 12:15 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Since the early 20th century, Jamaica has always been a getaway spot for the elites. When renowned laureate Ian Fleming saw the majestic St Mary coastline, he immediately called the place home – writing many of his James Bond novels at his house on...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Throughout the Blue Mountains, there are several marvellous places that display peace and tranquillity. Blue Ridge Restaurant and Cottages is one such spot, as it is perched on the mountainside of Salt Hill, far from the hectic city life. Sadly to...

Published:Friday | February 12, 2021 | 12:08 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Whenever I get the time to sit down and scroll through social media content, I am always looking for images and videos of Jamaica. I find that our landscape has so many characteristics, whether it is our white-sand beaches or the colourful skin of...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

The first place, Ambassabeth Eco Lodge’s manager, Lloyd Wilks and I explored, was Sugar Cane falls, where he and his cousin, Cecil, would walk past as children. “When we wake up in the morning mama would say, ‘Grandson, go and fetch two buckets by...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

It's hard to drive past Runaway Bay in St Ann and not notice a spot that is usually outlined with vehicular traffic, Sharkies Seafood Restaurant. Over the past few years, the establishment has become a ‘must-stop’ spot for locals and tourists alike...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:07 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Due to the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic, many children in communities across Jamaica have been left without access to formal education. There are those who don’t have the requisite resources such as a tablet or the money to purchase...

Published:Friday | January 1, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Driving from St Ann to St Mary, it’s easy to pass the fishing village of White River. However, for persons who are familiar with the area, it is a staple. My entrance point started by turning at a stop sign, adjacent to a Texaco gas station to...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:09 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Launched almost a decade ago in 2011, the Galaxy Note series stretched the concept of a smart phone into the bracket of tablets. The phone company designed the first Note with an enormous 5.3-inch screen and sold over one million units in two...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2020 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans are always looking for new ways to innovate and this is the case for Sefton Stewart, who deems himself the ‘common man’. Originally from St James, Stewart lived in Pembroke Pines, Florida, for three years, before deciding to return to...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2020 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

I remember the first time I saw the City View Hotel. This occurred while questing about in the hills of St Andrew. I was driving to Smokey Vale when I saw this building perched on the hillside. I then decided to stop and enquired within, so I...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2020 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

While on my journey to Blue Ridge Restaurant and Cottage, I got a bit fatigued driving on the serpentine road to get there. As I approached a community square, I saw a shop on the right. With the midday sun beaming through the window of the vehicle...

Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:09 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Truth be told, I find the journey from Kingston to Westmoreland, via the south coast, to be a long and tedious one. Primarily because, when I am passing Toll Gate and heading towards Porus, the roadway is single lane and there is usually a truck...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:08 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Located along the coastal road of Portland, several minutes after exiting St Thomas, is Sea Cliff Resort, which is owned and operated by Errol Hanna. Its unique entrance, built from bamboo, is hard to miss whichever direction you are coming from...

Published:Thursday | August 6, 2020 | 12:18 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Over 58 years, Jamaica has developed an identity for its music, culture and culinary prowess. Being the creative people we are, chefs throughout the island are always looking for some new ways to prepare traditional dishes. It is no secret that we...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:11 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

Everything about Blue Ridge Restaurant is an experience to remember, and this includes the journey, a 25-minute drive from Papine, which will take you through the scenic mountainside of Gordon Town. Once I was on the property, everything felt...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 12:00 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

While driving on the peninsula towards Norman Manley Airport, I found a hidden gem, the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club, which has been in existence since 1884. After turning off the main road, there is a two-minute journey to get to the property, where...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:00 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

In Untold Stories, Buju seized the opportunity to speak on a post-independent Jamaica and the economic plights of the poor, making possible reference to the mass migration of many wealthy Jamaicans in the ‘70s who left the country due to political...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMKareem LaTouche/Gleaner Writer

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