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Published:Monday | August 30, 2021 | 12:07 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

The official opening of the Church of St Margaret Standpipe Sports Complex has brought joy to the community of Standpipe. Thirteen-year-old Shaquan Duffus could not hide his excitement and said this was a dream come true. “I feel happy because it...

Published:Friday | August 27, 2021 | 12:10 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

High levels of absenteeism among Jamaica’s nurses are increasingly a cause for concern for hospital administrators battling an unprecedented public-health emergency. That revelation by a senior nursing official on Thursday gave broader insight...

Published:Thursday | August 26, 2021 | 12:11 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) President Patsy Edwards Henry is moving to crush a rebellion within the ranks of public nurses who launched an islandwide sickout on Wednesday that crippled operations at hospitals already hobbled by the COVID-19...

Published:Wednesday | August 25, 2021 | 12:11 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Administrators of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, have sought to allay fears of deregistration raised by third-year medical science students after communication was sent on Monday outlining the need to pay outstanding fees. An email...

Published:Monday | August 23, 2021 | 12:08 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Government is not considering administering coronavirus vaccines to children under 12 until there is cogent scientific advice approving their use, Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams has confirmed. The Holness...

Published:Monday | August 23, 2021 | 12:08 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Nestled in the mountains of Dominica, the Kalinagos, like the Maroons in Accompong, share many similarities. Both groups trace their lineage to indigenous people, resisted colonial occupation, and have carved out levels of autonomy within their...

Published:Monday | August 23, 2021 | 12:06 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Across the Corporate Area, scores of children came out with their parents to be inoculated as the Government began its national vaccination drive for adolescents 12 to 18 years old. This is viewed by many as the safest way to have the students...

Published:Friday | August 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Long lines for a vaccination campaign offered optimism on Thursday as staffers of the coronavirus-hit Hinduja Global Solutions (HGS) poured out for jabs in a bid to shield themselves as Jamaica’s COVID-19 crisis escalates. The robust response - an...

Published:Thursday | August 19, 2021 | 12:10 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s confirmation of the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus here has set the Ministry of Health and Wellness scrambling to mobilise resources to rein in a tidal wave of infections that has sparked record-breaking rates of case...

Published:Wednesday | August 18, 2021 | 12:11 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

THIRTY JAMAICANS have received Marcus Garvey Public Sector Scholarships under the Ministry of Finance and Public Service, Marcus Garvey Public Sector Scholarship Programme. First announced during the 2020/2021 Budget Debate by finance minister, Dr...

Published:Tuesday | August 17, 2021 | 12:08 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Several local and international charity organisations are muscling up aid for earthquake-ravaged Haiti amid apocalyptic scenes of tragedy in the country’s southwest. Food For The Poor Jamaica is targeting at least US$50,000 in a fundraising drive...

Published:Tuesday | August 10, 2021 | 12:10 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Less than seven weeks after the initial opening up of the entertainment sector, the Government has pulled the plug as the island is experiencing a third wave of COVID-19 with high levels of hospitalisations, climbing infection rates and mounting...

Published:Friday | August 6, 2021 | 12:13 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s health officials are banking on an upswing in COVID-19 vaccinations as new survey data are emerging suggesting a softening of the high levels of hesitancy that have stymied the pace of inoculation. That news is likely to be a fillip for...

Published:Thursday | August 5, 2021 | 12:39 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF) has started drafting a proposal for mandatory vaccination of workers amid growing concern about the island’s low rate of inoculation against the coronavirus disease. Those overtures, yet to be dispatched to...

Published:Wednesday | August 4, 2021 | 12:13 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Surging admissions of COVID-19 patients have sparked a bedspace crisis at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) — a snapshot in a montage of malady threatening healthcare services across Jamaica which is in the throes of a third wave of...

Published:Tuesday | August 3, 2021 | 12:07 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Spurred by the altruism of 16-year-old Jaheim Brown in spearheading a makeshift summer school in Yallahs, donors have lined up to support his charges. Jaheim and four other teens conducted summer classes, mainly for primary- and secondary-age...

Published:Saturday | July 31, 2021 | 12:09 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

The perpetrators of human trafficking are to face tougher sanctions as the Government vows to introduce legislation to impose mandatory jail time for those convicted of the crime. The US State Department has maintained Jamaica’s Tier 2 ranking in...

Published:Saturday | July 31, 2021 | 12:06 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

SEVERAL COMMUNITY-based organisations and advocacy groups have raised their voices in opposition to gender-based violence throughout Jamaica. On Thursday, these groups protested at various locations throughout the Corporate Area. The ‘Thursdays in...

Published:Friday | July 30, 2021 | 12:06 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Opposition spokesperson for finance, planning and the public service, Julian Robinson, has argued that more support is needed to encourage the growth of the private sector. Robinson was speaking at a Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica webinar...

Published:Monday | July 26, 2021 | 8:12 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Some stakeholders of the University of the West Indies (UWI) have raised concern about a directive by the administration of the tertiary institution advising students that face-to-face examinations will be resumed during the 2021-2022 academic year...

Published:Saturday | July 24, 2021 | 12:09 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Opposition spokesperson on labour, social security and special abilities, Dr Floyd Morris, has suggested that the Government should use funds in dormant bank accounts to invest in the education system in Jamaica. Morris, a senator, made the...

Published:Friday | July 23, 2021 | 12:10 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Students, parents, and educators are being put on alert to prepare for any eventuality as concerns increase over the rise in COVID-19 cases. Yesterday, Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams informed The Gleaner that “I don’t...

Published:Monday | July 19, 2021 | 12:10 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) President Patsy Edwards-Henry has reaffirmed the organisation’s rejection of the Government’s proposed 2.5 per cent wage increase for public-sector workers. That stance is likely to become more belligerent in a...

Published:Monday | July 19, 2021 | 12:08 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck says that the COVID-19 pandemic has been a game changer in reducing the backlog of cases within Jamaica. Chuck was speaking last Friday at the European Union-Government of Jamaica town hall discussion on justice and...

Published:Friday | July 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMDavid Salmon/Gleaner Writer

Many of the neediest Jamaicans did not access state welfare to cushion the blows of the COVID-19 pandemic because they live on the fringes of the informal sector or do not have official identification, a study by the Caribbean Policy Research...

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