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Stories by Jason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:29 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A late-night fire in central Kingston on Monday has left close to 20 persons, including children, homeless and one auto mechanic in debt as the blaze scorched three cars customers entrusted to his care. The fire was reported to have started around...

Published:Tuesday | January 21, 2020 | 7:42 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s ‘Pocket Rocket’, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, will call time on her Olympic career at the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo, an exclamatory end to a glittering run of form that began in Beijing 12 years ago. The sprint sensation made the revelation...

Published:Thursday | January 2, 2020 | 12:38 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Narmeo Walker had always told his girlfriend of more than three years, Tashanna McCourty, that his marriage proposal to her would be a grand spectacle, and with bravery he demonstrated just that in front of thousands of Jamaicans converging on the...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:31 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Christmas for the Martin family was always packed with fun and laughter, with the orchestrator, Major Trevor Norman Martin, playing Santa Claus to just about everyone. This year, things were different. The family celebrated its first season...

Published:Tuesday | December 31, 2019 | 12:05 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A cloud of uncertainty hangs over scores of residents of downtown Kingston who are fearful that they could be kicked to the kerb as efforts continue to pump new life into once-bustling areas of the capital city. Some of these residents live in...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

In a stinging rebuke by the police union, high-ranking officers in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been accused of abusing their authority in approving transfers and other human-resource administrative action in a petty bid to punish...

Published:Monday | December 30, 2019 | 1:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As a busted main gushed water on to a section of the Sligoville main road in St Catherine yesterday, residents of nearby Mary Village expressed outrage at not having consistent supply for decades. It was the same scratched record that plays in many...

Published:Monday | December 23, 2019 | 12:53 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

On behalf of her cousin, Victoria Lee Sylvera, Elizabeth Langdon found herself among scores of Jamaicans converging on downtown Kingston yesterday, displaying artwork at the final 2019 staging of the Kingston Creative Artwalk, along Water Lane....

Published:Thursday | December 19, 2019 | 12:38 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Calvin Hunter was enrolled in an MBA programme around 2007-2008, with Dr Henley Morgan as his professor. He had no idea he would eventually find inspiration in one of Morgan’s “crazy” plans, which was to shut down his New Kingston-based business...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Thirteen-year-old Lanzel McCarthy III is already a budding entrepreneur. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, he is one of a few youngsters of Matthews Lane in downtown Kingston manufacturing and selling beds. His grandfather...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:11 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Almost 40 children who attend the Lighthouse Basic School in New Haven, western St Andrew, were showered with gifts and loads of excitement on Monday, courtesy of the Insurance Company of the West Indies (ICWI) Foundation. The children, who are...

Published:Tuesday | December 17, 2019 | 12:24 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Residents of New Haven in St Andrew are at their wits’ end as the community is frequently overrun with raw sewage flowing through its streets, with residents battling health concerns amid the stench. They vented their frustration yesterday that...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

April 9, 2019 should have been just another ordinary day for Kemar Duncan while he was driving home in Portmore, St Catherine. But in a terrifying second, his life flashed before his eyes and almost left him that afternoon. Having survived a major...

Published:Monday | December 16, 2019 | 12:16 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

A smartphone-based application is expected to open a new frontier in the anonymous reporting of crime right at the fingertips of the public. Launched last week, 311tips.com underwent rigorous evaluation over three years to ensure that it was fully...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:12 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Attorneys are being encouraged to contact Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) if they have special interest in protecting the rights of children who have been wrongfully incarcerated, especially those locked away in juvenile prisons on account of being...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:09 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Culture Minister Olivia Grange says that her ministry will join forces with the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) to undertake a series of beautification projects in downtown Kingston before Christmas. The murals, Grange told...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:29 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-six-year-old Moya Blackwood, who has been through the juvenile correctional system, yesterday appealed to the nation’s parents to refrain from using verbal violence against children, as they run the risk of creating menaces to society....

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

Five non-profit organisations geared at transforming at-risk members of the society into law-abiding and progressive citizens have received the financial backing of the Canadian High Commission. Advocates for Change, the Peace Management...

Published:Monday | December 9, 2019 | 12:38 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The Government has commenced a comprehensive review of safety and security regulations in public schools in the wake of the tragic death of a seven-year-old student at Clan Carthy Primary in October. Addressing mourners at the funeral of Benjamin...

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...

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