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Stories by Jason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Published:Thursday | November 14, 2019 | 12:34 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Shortly after three gunmen turned their weapons on a man yesterday morning in the lower Waltham Park Road area in St Andrew, a police patrol team engaged them in a running gun battle through the Chinese Cemetery, killing at least one of the thugs....

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:44 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Councillor Kari Douglas has taken a swipe at her political colleagues, accusing senior members of the People’s National Party (PNP) of using news of her recent confrontation with a doctor at the Bustamante Hospital for Children as part of a...

Published:Tuesday | November 12, 2019 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A probe has been launched into the whereabouts of security guards on Sunday as a confrontation between People’s National Party Councillor Kari Douglas and Dr Judith Francis Bogle at the Bustamante Hospital for Children resulted in the shutdown of...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:34 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A clash between People’s National Party Councillor Kari Douglas and a medical doctor at the Bustamante Hospital for Children exploded into an expletive-laden tirade and near-brawl, triggering a shutdown of the Accident and Emergency (A...

Published:Friday | November 8, 2019 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Colleges and universities in Canada have seen a dramatic increase in the number of Jamaicans enrolled those tertiary institutions in the past decade. The spike in the numbers is being attributed to the vastly sophisticated programmes and other...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:14 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Two teenagers from the gritty Rum Lane community in central Kingston say they are determined not to become victims or agents of the violence that besets Jamaica’s capital city, which is stained by urban blight and crime. Shaquille Russell, a 10th-...

Published:Monday | November 4, 2019 | 8:14 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

St Aloysius Primary School in Kingston is using a new strategy to help students with emotional issues, and according to guidance counsellor Tracyann Taffe-Thompson, it has been making a difference. Taffe-Thompson has been offering students the...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:34 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Counsellors, educators, relatives, politicians and well-wishers journeyed to Clan Carthy Primary in Kingston yesterday to support the grieving community following Monday afternoon’s deadly freak accident at the school. After what proved a sleepless...

Published:Tuesday | October 29, 2019 | 12:12 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Gwenda Griffiths was sweeping the schoolyard on what she thought would have been just another ordinary Monday afternoon. But in a flash, she watched as Benjamin Bair, a seven-year-old student of Clan Carthy Primary, was mowed down by a garbage...

Published:Monday | October 28, 2019 | 12:06 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Legislation is well-advanced and could be introduced before year end to sanction employers who victimise employees for refusing to work in conditions that expose them to occupational hazards. State Minister of Labour and Social Security Zavia...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 12:11 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Police investigators are urging citizens who witnessed a taxicab mow down two people in the busy commercial hub of Half-Way Tree in St Andrew on Wednesday to come forward with information. A man and a woman who are in serious but stable condition...

Published:Tuesday | October 22, 2019 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Despite seven of 19 Jamaican police divisions being under a state of emergency (SOE), murders and shootings are still higher as at October 19 this year than for the corresponding period in 2018. Last week alone, there were 34 murders across the...

Published:Monday | October 21, 2019 | 12:10 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Ewan Cobran’s devastating reality of losing two of his grandparents in a matter of months to cancer, was what sent him a few years ago on a mission of advocacy. The Jamaica-born United States citizen was one of the presenters at the 7th...

Published:Monday | October 21, 2019 | 12:09 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s deadliest police region, St Andrew South, is among police divisions and units across the island that have been given new heads in the latest shake-up of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s top brass. St Andrew South, which has racked up an...

Published:Monday | October 21, 2019 | 12:07 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A month after a harrowing experience being pinned down for more than three hours and mauled by four pit bulls while out exercising, a St Andrew teacher is remaining optimistic about her eventual rehabilitation even as she remains hospitalised. When...

Published:Friday | October 18, 2019 | 12:05 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican schools and universities should overhaul their curricula and teaching methods to build local talent and competence in the emerging fields of software development and robotics, says an expert in automated and artificial intelligence....

Published:Monday | October 14, 2019 | 12:33 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

They were released from lock-up on bail last week, but there were no signs yesterday of former Education Minister Ruel Reid; his wife, Sharen; or their daughter, Sharelle, seeking blessings at the Mona Heights Chapel in St Andrew, where the family...

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:38 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Munro College community has reacted with shock to news that two of its most prominent past students, Professor Fritz Pinnock and former Education Minister Ruel Reid, were arrested in a wide-ranging corruption probe in the education ministry....

Published:Friday | October 11, 2019 | 12:11 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Morais Guy has labelled as inadequate Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton’s announcement of increased mitigation efforts and funding to tackle dengue fever across the island. Approximately $350...

Published:Tuesday | October 8, 2019 | 12:06 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

With its track record of producing some of Jamaica’s top commercial airline pilots, military leaders and engineers, all students should join the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force (JCCF), according to Major Gerald Ford, who heads the organisation’s...

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:06 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Local stakeholders and members of the diaspora are still eyeing prospects for the island to establish a booming medical tourism sector by enticing foreigners to fly to Jamaica to seek world-class services. At a forum staged by Jamaica Promotions...

Published:Saturday | October 5, 2019 | 12:05 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

In a bid to boost awareness on the dangers of human trafficking, clubs have now been launched in a number of schools to open students’ eyes to what many term as modern-day slavery. Fifteen high schools across the island now have functioning anti-...

Published:Wednesday | October 2, 2019 | 12:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Three students at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, were granted US$1,000 each last week, to help towards school expenses, courtesy of the Jah Jerry Foundation, named after a founding member of Jamaica’s Skatalites band,...

Published:Tuesday | September 24, 2019 | 12:30 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Three of four pit bulls implicated in a vicious attack in which a St Andrew teacher was pinned down for hours last Thursday have been euthanised. The fourth dog, a puppy, was spared as the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,...

Published:Monday | September 23, 2019 | 12:17 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

More than a year after government minister Audley Shaw said that he would be lobbying fellow parliamentarians to strengthen legislation to safeguard the public against attacks by aggressive dogs, there has been no debate on the issue in the House....

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