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Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

It all began when a small group of friends took flight, paragliding in Malvern, St Elizabeth, at a height of 1,500 feet above ground for leisure. This piqued Martina Seiveright’s attention, who initially had a fear of heights, but always wanted to...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Youth Can Do I.T. (YCDI) Foundation Limited continues to target young people in an effort to effectively equip them to become competitive individuals in an ever-evolving world employment since the introduction of the Internet and its wide and...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

My excursion to Kingston’s Skyline Drive will go down as one of the most thrilling experiences I’ve ever had. Who would have guessed that paragliding in Kingston, of all places, would have easily overshadowed my childhood memories of flying in a...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The Institute of Jamaica partnered in Wednesday’s commemoration of the 207th anniversary of the arrival of Simón Bolívar, the South American freedom fighter, who is memorialised by a cultural centre in downtown Kingston. Bolívar, who is dubbed ‘El...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The Venezuelan government said it has no resentment towards the Holness administration after Jamaica compulsorily acquired Caracas’ 49 per cent stake in the Petrojam refinery amid the threat of sanctions from Washington. The revival of the South...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2022 | 12:07 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-three-year-old Jamaican Alex Ashley never imagined that he would one day be shortlisted for the Pepper Prize – the most prestigious award at the Pennsylvania-based Lafayette College – and certainly didn’t believe he could win it. Growing up...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The use of information and communications technology (ICT) to improve patient processing times and service delivery across Jamaica’s 150 public hospitals and health centres is inching closer to completion. This announcement was made by Health...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Gawain Murray had been dreaming of building his own house from the ground up since he was 11 years old and this motivation steered him to pursue a career in construction. Murray grew up in humble beginnings with his three siblings and parents in...

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday as restive staff of the National Water Commission (NWC) returned to work at 11 p.m., turning on valves that had left taps dry for almost 48 hours, cripping households,...

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Guild President Danielle Mullings has appealed to the Mona Campus administration to implement comprehensive, long-term security plans to mitigate against attacks in the wake of the sexual assault of a female...

Published:Wednesday | May 11, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Ann-Marie Stanford, a grade six teacher at Ocho Rios Primary School in St Ann, is a naturally shy person who fears interaction, but her love for children and desire to help them succeed drove her to pursue the profession. “Teaching has always been...

Published:Friday | May 6, 2022 | 12:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The GrassROOTS Community Foundation, in collaboration with the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), hopes to engage more than 4,000 students across 40 schools in Jamaica through its book bag outreach initiative, which runs from May 2 to 6....

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s state-run garbage-collection agency says it is operating at a third of the required capacity to serve the disposal needs of Portmore. That’s a major concern for residents of the fast-developing residential and commercial area that is...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Dwayne Dubidad’s love for children and passion for their growth have inspired him on his journey from art and music teacher to principal of Stony Hill Primary and Infant School, where his labour of love includes beautification and development...

Published:Tuesday | May 3, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Ancile Gloudon, the orchid enthusiast who immersed himself in botanical studies and travelled the hills and valleys while cataloguing plants in his pastime, has died. Serving as secretary, vice president, and later president of the Jamaica Orchid...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the Government is closely monitoring hospitalisation and deaths as a result of the increase in the COVID-19 positivity rate over the past week, but noted that he was not harbouring regrets over the...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2022 | 12:07 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Customs Agency and its security partners have recommitted to securing the island’s borders against the trafficking of illicit drugs and arms after an 18-month disruption of the Seaport Cooperation Project (SEACOP) by the COVID-19...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2022 | 12:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Kingston Western Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie has expressed concern over the frayed relationship between his constituents and the security forces, which degenerated further last week as Denham Town as a fiery protest erupted following the...

Published:Monday | April 25, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Melorine Gizart walked along Luke Lane on Sunday in her son’s football gear, even in his socks and boots, as if seeking to summon from the dead 18-year-old football prodigy Omar Laing, who was killed by gunmen on Friday. Meanwhile, Laing’s one-year...

Published:Monday | April 25, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

What began as a gesture of goodwill to a neighbour whose house caught fire ended in widespread heartbreak, with 13 homes engulfed in flames in the capital on Friday afternoon. It was a familiar refrain in west Kingston: Charred food and clothes,...

Published:Monday | April 25, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Kingston Western Member of Parliament Desmond McKenzie has expressed concern over the tense and potentially damaging relationship between the security forces and civilians. Speaking at the award ceremony of 28 beneficiaries in the Denham Town...

Published:Monday | April 25, 2022 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Ann-Marie Blackstock is one of 28 Denham Town microenterprise owners who has benefited from the over $2.9 million in grants distributed by the Government of Jamaica and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund’s (JSIF) collaborative efforts in addressing...

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Five years ago, Raymond Brown’s passion for beautification and flower gardening began to flourish. Having spent nine years in prison on charges of manslaughter, stemming from a 2005 stabbing incident, the ex-convict has sought to put his energy...

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Torrential rains on Tuesday night triggered a flood of renewed complaints as a 36-foot deep pond overflowed its banks and inundated roads, heaping misery on residents of East Avenue in Linstead, St Catherine. Their frustration was evident when The...

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

After a 17-year delay, firefighters of Old Harbour now have a salubrious place to call home. Following an official opening ceremony on Tuesday, the newly constructed fire station is now fully operational to serve the vastly developing township with...

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