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Published:Friday | August 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A 17-year-old girl decided to join the choir of the Mount Zion Victory House of Prayer in Sandy Bay, Clarendon, to “give them a hand” because of the flagging youth numbers in her mom’s church. No sooner had she done so than she was singing a...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2020 | 12:29 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Residents of Standpipe in St Andrew have until Friday, August 7, to regularise their electricity supply or be disconnected indefinitely. The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) said that more than 80 per cent of householders have been transferred...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2020 | 12:21 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The Constant Spring police are probing a suspected case of murder-suicide after a 60-year-old fisherman and his 25-year-old girlfriend were found dead last Friday at a house on Fairdene Avenue in Ackee Walk, St Andrew. The deceased woman has been...

Published:Saturday | August 1, 2020 | 12:00 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

After four days of clearing lands for a section of the May Pen to Williamsfield leg of Highway 2000, a fierce protest by residents in Red Berry, Manchester, has halted China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). The order, which was revealed on...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2020 | 12:20 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Yesterday, as The Gleaner visited several gas stations across the Corporate Area, there seemed to be a general dampening of fears sparked by a deadly fire that claimed one life five months ago at the Heaven’s FESCO service station in Mandeville,...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2020 | 12:26 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rock the economy, a shortage of the popular, inexpensive, quick-meal Nissin ramen and cup soups has hit the local market. The situation is causing anxiety for consumers, suppliers and traders, who are unsure of...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2020 | 12:26 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

For 15 years, Nicholas Roach has made a living selling sweet potato pudding and other food from his bike-propelled mobile unit in St Elizabeth. And today, even with the coronavirus pandemic, he still motors from remote hamlets to bustling towns...

Published:Saturday | July 18, 2020 | 12:21 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Inner-city residents are complaining that they, too, have to deal with electricity theft as persons living in their communities throw up wires on their legal connections leading to disruptions of electricity from the Jamaica Public Service (JPS)....

Published:Friday | July 17, 2020 | 12:12 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Residents of the Magil Palms housing scheme in Old Harbour, St Catherine, are expressing great dissatisfaction with their water supply being provided by a private company. Bemoaning that what used to be a once-a-month lock-off has now blossomed...

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2020 | 12:25 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

It took a confessed murderer 1,181 days before admitting to the role he played in the brutal stabbing death of a woman three years ago at her home in Stock Farm, St Andrew. Detectives had reportedly not made much ground in their probe of the...

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:41 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Keith Austin was returning home Monday afternoon after a failed quest to obtain work having earlier been overtaken by “bad feeling” – Jamaican vernacular for ominous unease. Austin had barely alighted from the bicycle he had ridden to Waltham Park...

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The authorities are trying to reduce tension at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre where prisoners have gone on a hunger strike in protest of the death of an inmate during an altercation with correctional officers last Saturday. The...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2020 | 12:26 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Whitfield Town Division Councillor Eugene Kelly is lamenting that the $180,000 allocated to him to help constituents improve their housing conditions is woefully inadequate. “For the last two years, each councillor gets $180,000 – and is Jamaican [...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2020 | 12:24 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Even with shorter curfews starting at 11 p.m. now, sex workers like ‘Prettyface’ have to bring their A game in what is a crowded marketplace. As daytime business picks up, night-time services have also seen a rise in fortunes. After a hiatus caused...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:31 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

A trail of blood spanning more than 100 metres along Lawrence Drive in St Andrew painted a grim picture of a badly wounded man trying to escape his attacker while bleeding profusely and seeking refuge. Help never came in time for 40-year-old Damion...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:27 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Good Samaritans at home and abroad have come to the assistance of a man living in squalor along Maxfield Avenue in St Andrew just over a week after The Gleaner highlighted his plight. Nigel Townsend, 59, had expressed fear to our news team last...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:27 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

The Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) has indicated that more analysis is needed in its probe into whether the bullet that killed August Town resident Susan Bogle was fired by a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) or gunmen...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:08 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Brazen gunmen in August Town seem hell-bent on seeing the back of a family, executing attacks twice in as many days. When a triple shooting on Sunday, which involved an elderly man and two teens, did not force the family to flee, heavily armed...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:27 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

When Leon Clunis called Senior Superintendent Wayne Cameron at 12:35 p.m. on Tuesday to remind him that he would be discharged shortly from the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), neither man would imagine that the wounded “warrior” would be leaving...

Published:Saturday | June 27, 2020 | 12:22 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

WITH NEWS that at least five persons in their community contracted COVID-19, senior residents of Tivoli Gardens who are among the most vulnerable to the highly contagious disease are getting tested, sanitising and staying home. Since Wednesday,...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2020 | 12:29 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Vendors at the Coronation Market in downtown Kingston are concerned that with the health authorities carrying out extensive contact tracing in communities nearby, sales could dramatically plummet in the coming days as shoppers avoid the area out of...

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2020 | 12:35 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Police authorities are tight-lipped about a recommendation made by Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn about the fate of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier who earlier this year shot and injured a cop he allegedly found at...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2020 | 12:21 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

AN 18-MONTH investigation by law enforcers led to the exhumation of skeletal remains in an open field at Waterloo Lane, Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Tuesday. By noon, excavators had unearthed bones suspected to be from at least two bodies,...

Published:Saturday | June 20, 2020 | 12:00 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Nigel Townsend is fearful that his life could be cut short while sleeping at his Maxfield Avenue dwelling. He is petrified that his dilapidated, old house could cave in and end in his demise. The 59-year-old man has been living in the tough,...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:10 AMAndre Williams/Staff Reporter

Full-time crime fighter and father Rafelito Lafayatte is always thrilled to speak of his three children, whether it’s about clipping toe nails and washing feet during his pedicures or other activities they participate in as they spend quality time...

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