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Stories by Jason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:54 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

New York-based professor Dr Donna Wright has urged Jamaicans to invest in the talents of the special-needs community, especially those in schools, to enhance their contribution to national development. Wright, who is originally from Jamaica, was...

Published:Tuesday | December 3, 2019 | 12:45 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Despite an endless number of eviction threats and pledges to regularise squatters on lands owned by The University of the West Indies, stakeholders and residents of Mona Commons are seemingly no closer to fixing a problem that took root some six...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:24 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Having lost her mother to AIDS decades ago, 45-year-old Samantha O’Reilly*, who has been living with HIV for the past 25 years, prides herself on her advocacy work in sensitising Jamaicans that they can still have fulfilling lives after contracting...

Published:Monday | December 2, 2019 | 12:10 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A local medical doctor says that digital rectal exams are not necessary to screen patients for prostate cancer. Dr Audley Betton, who is also a survivor of the disease, says that there are other forms of screening. He was speaking to an audience...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:29 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Citing herself as proof that a child in state care overcomes odds, former ward, Tanisha Esman Ledgister, believes that her life story will inspire 87 bright young boys and girls who are in the position she was two decades ago. Ledgister, who holds...

Published:Friday | November 29, 2019 | 12:17 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A boom in social-media marketing globally has forced many local businesses to shift gear towards coupling traditionally forms of advertising with Internet-based platforms with hope of boosting profits. Social media has changed global interaction...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:41 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As the Christmas period draws closer and higher-than-normal volumes of garbage are expected to be generated, waste collection throughout Kingston and St Andrew may be compromised by crime, traffic, and other factors, says chairman of the National...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:12 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

After being repeatedly raped by a relative from the age of 12 to 15, Monique McDonald has been on a campaign enlightening young people in different countries on issues such as gender-based violence and HIV prevention. Though she admitted that her...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:31 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Former deputy governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), Owen Jefferson, died yesterday at his Millsborough Crescent home in St Andrew. He was 87. Jefferson, who had been ailing for some time, passed away shortly after 2 p.m. He leaves behind widow...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Women journalists claimed prestige at the Press Association of Jamaica Awards on Saturday night, scooping up a clutch of prizes including the marquee title of Journalist of the Year. It was the third consecutive year that a woman was winning...

Published:Thursday | November 21, 2019 | 12:12 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Government has revised its plan to renovate 60 police stations islandwide during fiscal year 2019-20, overhauling the project and tweaking its scope because of the magnitude of the repair job. According to National Security Minister Dr Horace...

Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2019 | 12:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has ordered a fast-tracking of the implementation of certain aspects of the Road Traffic Act which specifically targets motorcyclists, according to Dr Lucien Jones, vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council (...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:43 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Gleaner understands that officials from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information met with the family of seven-year-old Benjamin Bair yesterday at the Clan Carthy Primary School in Kingston to discuss funeral arrangements. Bair was...

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...

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