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Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2023 | 1:16 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

TO ALLAY concerns of National Housing Trust (NHT) employees, the Union of Clerical, Administrative and Supervisory Employees’ (UCASE) General Secretary, John Levy, is urging swift action in finalising deliberations for implementation of the job...

Published:Monday | May 29, 2023 | 12:53 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

One of the many aspects of the agricultural industry that Floyd Green, the recently returned minister of agriculture, fisheries and mining, wants to focus on is the rehabilitation of farm roads across St Andrew. Highlighting the constituencies of...

Published:Saturday | May 27, 2023 | 12:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

SCHOOL-AGED children from a wide cross-section of communities – some of which have repeatedly been featured in reports of missing children – were on Thursday sensitised to ways in which they are targeted and influenced by perpetrators whose intent...

Published:Friday | May 26, 2023 | 1:32 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

A CALL has been made for parenting education to be integrated in high school students’ curricula to limit the effects of poor parenting techniques on children. Poor parenting techniques is said to be one of many factors influencing the number of...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2023 | 1:26 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Local primary school principals in Clark’s Town, Trelawny, and Lionel Town, Clarendon, have expressed their gratitude for the sprucing-up activities carried out at the educational institutions by the National Rums of Jamaica (NRJ) on Tuesday as...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2023 | 1:20 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

ALTHOUGH DOROTHY Blaine Price-Maitland was not born in August Town in Kingston, after relocating there in the late 1990s her affinity for improving the quality of life for others, especially younger generations, kicked in. When Price-Maitland,...

Published:Tuesday | May 23, 2023 | 12:33 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Opera singer Patricia ‘Pat’ Gooden says she wishes to see greater opportunities made available for Jamaican youth in the performing arts and beyond. Prior to her expected relocation to England after spending more than half of her adult life here,...

Published:Tuesday | May 23, 2023 | 12:31 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

PATRICIA ‘AUNTY Pat’ Gooden, acclaimed musician and performer, is set to reside in England after spending 57 years contributing to the nation’s development through the arts. The 83-year-old, who was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, first arrived in...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2023 | 12:57 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) says it is aiming to get the region ready for full electronic testing of digitised exams, a move it believes would assist in eliminating the recurring leaks of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2023 | 1:29 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

JAMAICANS ARE being encouraged to utilise the services of the Ministry of Justice, such as the national child diversion programme, to establish Jamaica as a ‘peaceful paradise’. This call was made by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck at the ministry’s...

Published:Saturday | May 20, 2023 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

DR EARL Wright, a consultant psychiatrist, is advising parents to ensure that their child is raised in a safe and secure environment to forestall the development of mental health issues and personality disorders. Further, he explained that this...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2023 | 12:13 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

EMPLOYERS ARE being encouraged to foster positive and healthier minds among their employees through establishing employer-assistance programmes (EAPs). An EAP is defined as a work-based intervention that is intended to help employees identify and...

Published:Wednesday | May 17, 2023 | 1:23 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

JAMAICAN WRITER Kwame McPherson has been named the Caribbean winner of the 2023 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. His piece, Ocoee, came out on top after being shortlisted in April. He was among 28 individuals – 10 men and 18 women – who were...

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2023 | 1:23 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

IT HAS not always been easy for Captain Betty-Ann Nicole Burnett, a Jamaica-born US army captain, to lead in a ‘man’s world’. The 48-year-old migrated from her hometown of Mile Gully, Manchester, just four days before reaching the age of 18 and...

Published:Monday | May 15, 2023 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

THE OCCASIONAL flare-up of gun violence within the neighbouring communities of the National Public Health Laboratory (NPHL) have, over time, caused many of its workers to become accustomed to the sound of bullets being expelled from firearms. An...

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2023 | 12:53 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

FOR FARMER Alwain Saunders, a recent training session on the management of internal and external parasites has assisted him in preserving his herd of more than 40 goats and flock of 200-layer birds. The training session that he raved about was...

Published:Saturday | May 13, 2023 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Expectant mothers are being encouraged to incorporate moderate exercise into their daily routine in order to reap the various health benefits of physical activity during the different trimester stages. During Wednesday’s launch of the Ministry of...

Published:Friday | May 12, 2023 | 12:36 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

THERE is mounting frustration among census takers and supervisors, contracted for their services in the 2022 Population and Housing Census, who have cited several challenges facing their teams as they continue to carry out their duties. Chief among...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2023 | 1:07 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

SEASONED IN the business of rearing children, Carlene Bartley is encouraging younger mothers to nurture their offspring in stable homes and environments while recommitting to the traditions of bringing up the next generation in a ‘godly way’. The...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2023 | 12:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Local organic farmers are lamenting the challenge to locate and acquire approved biodegradable products for organic farming – including seeds, weedicide and biofertilisers – which is stunting growth in the sector. St Thomas farmer Leslie Anderson,...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2023 | 1:47 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

A new cohort of young leaders to serve on the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) Children’s Advisory Panel (CAP) have been officially installed. The 20-member panel of individuals – aged 18 years and older – will serve as the fifth...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2023 | 1:13 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

DR PATRICK Prendergast, campus director at The University of the West Indies, Mona – Western Jamaica Campus, has encouraged media practitioners to remain vigilant in keeping press freedoms from being destroyed or erased and to not be afraid to...

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2023 | 12:44 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness is encouraging Jamaicans to exercise their ‘social conscience’ in protecting the environment through participation in upcoming Labour Day activities. Holness was speaking at the official launch and announcement of the...

Published:Tuesday | May 2, 2023 | 12:44 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Green Earth Peanut Company Limited, a Jamaican company operated by a group of young adults, is happy with the prospects of breaking into regional and international markets. The company was founded six years ago by entrepreneur Akeem Edwards, who...

Published:Monday | May 1, 2023 | 1:03 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Local manufacturer Stanmark Processors Company Limited is seeking to boost Jamaica’s ackee supply by planting 1,000 trees within the year. Shona Sadler-Campbell, the chief operations officer of the 32-year-old family-owned company, lamented that...

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