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Stories by Shanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:07 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

At least two principals in St Thomas who have opened their doors for the resumption of face-to-face classes have raised concerns about a percentage of students who have not been engaged since the closure of schools in March 2020. These students,...

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2020 | 12:06 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

ADDING A mask and a bottle of sanitiser to his yearly rounds, Ricardo ‘Mr Volunteer’ Burke will be braving the unpredictability of the pandemic to ensure some 200 of the displaced population receive a warm dinner on Christmas Day. While the 34-year...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:07 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

A weekend fire stole Christmas joy for Takay Reid of Dumfries in St Thomas, depriving the business owner of her livelihood. In addition to her salon and equipment being torched, the professional nail technician lost an adjoining space she rented...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:12 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Norris in St Thomas are voicing their frustration with the inconsistent or negligible supply of water to the eastern Jamaica community, a grouse they say dates back more than 20 years. They say they have not been benefiting from a...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:18 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Commuters travelling from Kingston to St Thomas are raising concerns about what they describe as an unauthorised hike in taxi fares. Sharing that they are being forced to pay 20 per cent more in travel costs, the commuters say that they are being...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:18 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

As heavy rains associated with Hurricane Eta continue to wreak havoc in the eastern parish of St Thomas, concerns about life and property are being raised by residents of several affected areas. The residents are calling on the National Works...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:21 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Rain clouds bring worry for residents of Bachelor’s Hall in St Thomas. While persons travelling to between Hordley Crossing and Bath or on the Golden Grove to Hordley main road may get nervous, fearing the road will become impassable if the...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:22 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

With blue storage drums at every stop and corner, the Holland Town community in Dalvey, St Thomas, has been suffering from a lack of running water in the pipes of the residents since 2007. This was revealed by despondent residents who say they are...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:22 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The St Thomas police have described the issue of praedial larceny as a bitter concern that has been plaguing the parish over the last few months. In response to the surge in agricultural property theft, the police say they have stepped up their...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2020 | 12:10 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Two 12-year-olds are among students in St Thomas who are celebrating passes reflected in the recently released Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination results. Andrene Morgan and Khyreice Gordon, past students of the Morant...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:11 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Many person are unfamiliar with the various hormonal struggles women face daily. Among these is the polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which is common among women of reproductive age, subjecting them to infrequent or prolonged menstrual periods or...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 12:16 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

As the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in St Thomas continue to spike, chairman of the Princess Margaret Hospital, Michael McLeod, has called for additional wards and at least one other facility to accommodate persons infected with the new...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2020 | 12:15 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The National Works Agency (NWA) has announced a major realignment to Segment 1A of the planned Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP), which runs from Harbour View in St Andrew to the Yallahs Bridge in St Thomas. The changes, which...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2020 | 12:12 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Despite the passing of the general election, the political atmosphere remains charged in St Thomas with Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) delegates voicing their dissatisfaction with the councillor for the Yallahs division, John Lee. Scores of placard-...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 7:32 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

FORTIFIED BY a mask and a bottle of alcohol used as sanitiser, 106-year-old Dorothy Lee of Port Morant, St Thomas, was wheeled in a chair into the polling division of Port Morant in St Thomas. Despite the heavy rains and desperate warnings from her...

Published:Monday | August 31, 2020 | 12:21 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Dr Fenton Ferguson is banking on what he described as his “worth and work” to keep him as the people’s choice in St Thomas Eastern come election day, Thursday, September 3. Boasting a non-partisan approach, the incumbent said his character was...

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2020 | 12:08 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

JAMES ROBERTSON is confident that, in addition to regaining the highly contested seat of Western St Thomas for a fifth term, his winning margin will far exceed that of his previous years. Robertson claimed the seat in 2002 when he defeated the...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2020 | 12:17 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Residents of several communities in St Thomas, including Georgia, Font Hill, and Trinityville, are crying for help as the main road leading to their homes was compromised by flood waters from the Dry River, which has been in spate since Monday....

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:27 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The 2020 general election will be Dr Fenton Ferguson’s last. Ferguson said that he will dedicate what he believes will be his seventh and final term as member of parliament for St Thomas Eastern to completing the work he has started in the parish...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:17 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party (PNP) standard-bearer for Eastern St Thomas, Dr Fenton Ferguson, is concerned about the fundamental right to vote of persons who do not have the COVID-19 virus, but are living in affected areas. His concern was ignited...

Published:Tuesday | August 11, 2020 | 12:23 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Tempers flared in Bamboo River, St Thomas, on Monday morning as residents of the quarantined community pleaded with the security forces to allow them to run errands in the parish capital of Morant Bay, a stone’s throw from the entrance to their...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2020 | 12:27 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

The People’s National Party’s (PNP) Mark Malabver is dismissing claims that he was forced to abandon his prospective candidacy in the race against the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) James Robertson for the St Thomas Western seat. The PNP announced...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:21 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

For Jamaicans the period August 1 to 6, referred to as Emancipendence in Jamaica, is a time for reflection and celebration of freedom from slavery and oppression. It is said that during this time in 1834, the Emancipation Declaration was read from...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:20 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

‘Jubilee, Jubilee, this is the year of Jubilee, Queen Victoria set us free … . This is the year of Jubilee’ are the words of the song that Kumina drummers, singers and dancers usually used to welcome the morn of August 1, celebrated as Emancipation...

Published:Saturday | July 11, 2020 | 12:16 AMShanna Monteith/Gleaner Writer

Several elderly residents in St Thomas are bemoaning the recent changes implemented under the digital transformation initiative being undertaken by banks in the parish. The changes, according to the citizens, have been posing numerous challenges...

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