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Stories by Sashana Small/Staff Reporter

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2023 | 1:13 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

A stronger focus on student-centred learning and the development of critical thinking skills are critical to drive a turnaround in the Jamaican students’ performance in mathematics at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level,...

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2023 | 1:07 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

At 90 years old, Merline McIntosh says she can no longer look after her mentally ill son, who was recently released into her care after 17 months in custody on charges which were dropped. The 48-year-old man was diagnosed with schizophrenia 30...

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2023 | 1:20 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Tanya Dawkins aims to have her students conquer their fear of mathematics by ensuring that her lessons are exciting and engaging. “If it’s not fun to them, then they are not going to be able to see the importance of learning,” she argues. Dawkins...

Published:Monday | March 27, 2023 | 12:56 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Principals and students participating in a health forum last Thursday expressed hope that when the Government implements its school nutrition policy, it will consider measures to educate students on the importance of consuming nutritious meals as a...

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2023 | 1:19 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The family of Jevaughn Smith, the 19-year-old maintenance worker who came in contact with power lines while working at PriceSmart on Red Hills Road on March 13, and died four days later from electrocution, has retained legal counsel to file a...

Published:Friday | March 24, 2023 | 1:18 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Controversial cleric Abdullah el-Faisal has been sentenced to 18 years in a United Stated prison and five years post-release supervision after being convicted on terrorism charges in a first-of-its-kind case in New York in January. After a two-...

Published:Friday | March 24, 2023 | 12:43 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Since Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced the removal of tuition and administrative fee requirements for courses up to associate level at the HEART/NSTA Trust, interest in programmes at the skills training agency has increased significantly....

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2023 | 1:25 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The leaders of two major business lobbies are expressing concern about what appears to be a growing trend of criminals robbing ATMs and cash-in-transit operations. On Sunday, a Beryllium team was attacked by gun-toting robbers in Portmore, St...

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2023 | 1:23 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Eloise Collins is planning to file a lawsuit against the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) in Montego Bay, St James, for alleged lack of quality care and neglect after her 80-year-old husband died while awaiting a computed tomography (CT) scan at a...

Published:Friday | March 17, 2023 | 12:26 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Opposition spokesman on science, energy and technology, Phillip Paulwell has raised concerns that some customers of the Jamaica Power Service Company (JPS) have been bearing the burden of cost as other customers leave the grid to utilise alternate...

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2023 | 1:13 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

A staff shortage is hampering the effectiveness of the Police Civilian Oversight Authority (PCOA), according to CEO Otarah Byfield-Nugent. Speaking at the Rotary Club of Downtown Kingston meeting on Wednesday, Byfield Nugent lamented that the...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2023 | 1:18 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Pointing to the many manifestations of deviant behaviour in the country, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has declared Jamaica a “society in distress” that his ministry’s latest initiative, Problem Management Plus (PM+), aims to...

Published:Monday | March 13, 2023 | 12:58 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

For the last five years, the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) has been without a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. A year ago, its computerised tomography (CT) machine stopped working. The situation has reportedly been causing distress for...

Published:Monday | March 13, 2023 | 12:56 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Jamarley ‘Papa’ Booth harboured aspirations of becoming an engineer, but those dreams were cut short last Friday night when he was gunned down in an ice cream shop in Golden Spring, St Andrew. A relative of 19-year-old Booth, who requested...

Published:Friday | March 10, 2023 | 1:34 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Donald Thompson has been travelling from his home in Prospect Land Settlement, Port Antonio, twice weekly for the last seven years to access dialysis treatment at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH). It is a long and exhausting journey from Portland...

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2023 | 1:08 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Neurosurgeon and fellowship trained epilepsy surgeon Dr Dwaine Cooke is urging Jamaicans to refrain from stigmatising people living with epilepsy, a medical condition that affects the brain and causes frequent seizures. His call comes amid reports...

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2023 | 12:58 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Every morning for the last four weeks, Ronald Osbourne gets up early and sets out with his goats in Font Hill, St Thomas, in search of feeding options for them as a prevailing drought has parched his regular pastures. The livestock farmer explained...

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2023 | 1:15 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

For decades many Jamaicans especially those living in the Corporate Area have had to grapple with strict water restrictions. This perennial issue has triggered intense debate and calls for a sustainable fix to the age-old problem. A Gleaner...

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2023 | 1:12 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Health and Wellness will be embarking on a study to determine how the harmful use of drugs, specifically alcohol, contributes to an increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Conclusions from the nine-month research will...

Published:Monday | February 27, 2023 | 1:00 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Within the space of two months during her childhood, Dr Ivanah Thomas was dealt two devastating blows: she lost her father with whom she shared a close relationship and was raped at knifepoint. After her father died suddenly 40 years ago, she had...

Published:Friday | February 24, 2023 | 12:29 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Residents of August Town are attempting to repair their community that has been torn apart by violence using football, and according to one organiser, the strategy is working. “The community is more open; people are more trusting of each other. You...

Published:Wednesday | February 22, 2023 | 1:24 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The Government is being encouraged to create targeted programmes to involve more women in technical vocational education and training (TVET). The call came from members of the Young Women in Leadership (YWiL) House of Representatives, who had their...

Published:Tuesday | February 21, 2023 | 1:14 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

Universal Service Fund (USF) CEO Daniel Dawes is urging citizens to protect the Wi-Fi hotspots installed in their communities. Pointing to the recent theft of the infrastructure installed to provide free Internet service to the public in Golden...

Published:Tuesday | February 21, 2023 | 12:10 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

The Church of England’s historic decision to authorise the blessing of same-sex civil marriages will have little effect on the Jamaican Anglican Church, according to two local priests. Bishop of Kingston Garth Minott said that churches in the...

Published:Friday | February 17, 2023 | 12:29 AMSashana Small/Staff Reporter

National Water Commission (NWC) customers will now have to fork out an additional $100 when paying their utility bills using cash at some of the company’s locations. The remote bill payment kiosks, which are installed at its offices at Marescaux...

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