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Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2023 | 12:45 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

This year’s Commonwealth Short Story Prize has been awarded to Jamaican writer Kwame McPherson. His entry was titled Ocoee, taking its name from a town in Florida where several African Americans were massacred in a horrifying, racially motivated...

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2023 | 12:40 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

ANDRE BROWN is overjoyed as he prepares for a September reunion with his son, Jaheim, who has spent nearly all of his life in state care. In an interview with The Gleaner, Brown said that when his son was just seven months old, his mother had taken...

Published:Monday | June 26, 2023 | 12:53 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Household Workers’ Union (JHWU) is anticipating that the Sexual Harassment (Protection and Prevention) Act, 2021, which takes effect on July 3, will have a ripple effect of breaking the silence of domestic workers who have been enduring...

Published:Monday | June 26, 2023 | 12:07 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

For nearly five months, Donna McDowell, a Jamaican living in the United States, has been washed with feelings of distress after not receiving a motor vehicle she purchased on February 17 from a local, St Andrew-based used-car dealership. McDowell,...

Published:Saturday | June 24, 2023 | 12:48 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

IN ENSURING that the Best Care Special Education School in Kingston becomes self-sufficient, administrators have already looked towards expanding its recently established vegetable farm and shade-house project. Speaking with The Gleaner at...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2023 | 1:34 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

AS ARTIFICIAL intelligence (AI) continues to advance at a fast pace and is integrated into daily life, ambassador Dushyant Savadia, founder and CEO of the Amber Group, is concerned that Jamaica may be left behind if people do not become acquainted...

Published:Tuesday | June 20, 2023 | 12:36 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

ADMINISTRATORS AT Barking Lodge Primary School, located in deep rural St Thomas, are appealing to the public for assistance through cash or kind, to help with the completion of a resource centre which has been in construction since 2008. Tannia...

Published:Saturday | June 17, 2023 | 1:04 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

AMID THE recent circulation of Jamaica’s new banknotes, some local businesses have raised concern about the sector’s readiness to distinguish between those which are genuine, as opposed to others that fraudsters might introduce into the system at...

Published:Saturday | June 17, 2023 | 12:47 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

HORACE LINDSAY and his son, 14-year-old Usain, demonstrates the unbreakable bond that has been said to exist between fathers and their sons. Studies suggest that the reason why this bond is so important is because it has a significant impact on a...

Published:Friday | June 16, 2023 | 1:12 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Christine Grant could not contain her enthusiasm to witness the launch of Jamaica’s new banknotes, so much so that she travelled all the way from the northwestern parish of Hanover to be one of the first individuals from the parish to get their...

Published:Friday | June 16, 2023 | 12:45 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

THE PRIVATE Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is working to identify volatile and vulnerable communities in Spanish Town, St Catherine to benefit from its Project STAR initiative. This disclosure was made by Dr. Parris Lyew-Ayee, vice...

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2023 | 1:22 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

THE PRIVATE Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is encouraging Jamaicans to support its Project STAR initiative that aims to transform the human capital of Jamaica. Julian Mair, co-sponsor and public funding lead adviser of the project, stated...

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2023 | 12:44 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

A CALL has been made for Jamaicans to get aboard the ‘STEM train’ amid the ever-evolving world of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Getting involved is seen as very important given the unpredictability of the world environment that...

Published:Tuesday | June 13, 2023 | 1:03 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

SPECIAL EDUCATION teachers at the Randolph Lopez School of Hope are demanding the resignation of the school’s principal due to what they have called an outright disregard for their and the children’s safety, among other issues that have not been...

Published:Saturday | June 10, 2023 | 12:37 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

LOCAL BARS have been viewed as a place of refuge for many individuals suffering with mental health issues, feelings of stress, and a myriad of life challenges. Jason Russell, chief executive officer of Pier One Jamaica – a restaurant, bar and...

Published:Friday | June 9, 2023 | 1:26 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

TRILLIONS OF dollars in reparations are owed to nations affected by slavery, a recently concluded study on the quantification of reparations for Transatlantic Chattel Slavery (TCS) in the Americas and the Caribbean has found. The report identifies...

Published:Friday | June 9, 2023 | 12:19 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The participation of young children in initiatives aimed at addressing issues regarding climate change must be encouraged. This sentiment was shared by Sheneka Robinson-Wright, project director, TUI Junior Academy Jamaica. Speaking with The Gleaner...

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2023 | 12:59 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

HEALTH AND Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton is urging students to engage in physical activity and exercise as a means of navigating stressful situations. Speaking at a mental wellness school intervention wrap session yesterday at Denham...

Published:Wednesday | June 7, 2023 | 12:35 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

FOR COUNCILLOR Donna Lumsden, a Jamaican living in the United Kingdom (UK), the road to success has not been easy. As the second of her parents’ eight children, Lumsden, in an interview with The Gleaner on Monday, detailed how quickly she had to...

Published:Tuesday | June 6, 2023 | 1:04 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

DESPITE EXPERIENCING one of the lowest moments of his life, owing to health issues that kept him in the hospital for 14 months, Dean Rhoden’s strong sense of duty to community through service remains unwavering. The Jamaica-born scouts leader has...

Published:Monday | June 5, 2023 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

“Our doctrine for development must change as a nation.” This statement was made by Matthew Samuda, minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation with responsibility for water, environment and climate change, who...

Published:Saturday | June 3, 2023 | 12:29 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

THE GOVERNMENT is being urged to boost youth involvement in sustainable living and the maintenance of green spaces. Capitalising on current social trends -- which involves wide participation by young people -- has been cited as a means to increase...

Published:Friday | June 2, 2023 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

FARMERS IN Kingston and St Andrew (KSA) continue to be reluctant in registering their livestock with the National Animal Identification and Traceability System (NAITS) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Mining. This concern was raised...

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2023 | 12:23 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

VIOLET PINNOCK-Reynolds has been a mother figure and guiding light not only to her own children, but to many individuals within her community of Arthurs Seat, Clarendon. The elder, who celebrates her 100th birthday today, was born in 1923 and has...

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2023 | 12:57 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

IT HAS been nearly four years since a fire razed the dormitory building of the Jamaica National Children’s Home (JNCH), in August 2019. Administrators are still faced with the challenge of not being able to house the full number of children who...

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