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Stories by Judana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The gaping hole in the bridge that connects the major communities of Richmond and Highgate in St Mary has more than doubled in size since its collapse eight months ago. Residents have renewed desperate pleas for the structure to be repaired, even...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans Candice Johnson-Rowe and Marvin Rowe have called the high-rise and fast-paced country, Japan, their home for more than 10 years. It was Johnson-Rowe who first made the 8,035-mile journey away from her birthplace in Yallahs, St Thomas, in...

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2021 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With not much improvement since the new academic year began last October, residents of Epsom in St Mary are still calling for the two schools in the rural district to be reopened for face-to-face classes. Epsom Primary School is a multi-grade...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica’s 2021 Rhodes Scholar, Fitzroy Wickham, who hails from Orange Hill, St Ann, lost his father to cancer when he was just two years old. He and his sister, Kimberly, then grew up in a single-parent home, headed by mom Florence. “I was acutely...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:07 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Fifty-eight-year-old Donald ‘Oney’ Taylor has spent almost four decades beautifying gardens in communities across St Catherine. The resident of Independence City in Portmore made a switch from working as a jeweller and loader man after an accident...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

For more than half of his life, nine-year-old Joshua Ramsay battled with acute myeloid leukaemia, a cancer of the blood cells. Today, his family holds on to handprints, photos depicting his fighting spirit and a bundle of hair from 2017 when he...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“It’s a source of life.” That is how Kevon Palmer, 26, describes the Rio Cobre in St Catherine. “When all doors are closed, you can come to the river. If you have a fish pot, you can set it and catch some crayfish or some fish and that’s a day’s...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Window-high flood marks are a stark reminder to residents of Sunnyside, Linstead in St Catherine, of the terrifying May 2017 ordeal. The rains, caused by a trough affecting the central Caribbean, pounded the country from Monday night, May 15, into...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The flow of the serene Rio Cobre fused with the sound of scrubbing brushes and the laughter of playful children is typical for residents of Pleasant Hill in Bog Walk, St Catherine. Elise Williams, 35, was born and raised in the area and has been...

Published:Monday | January 18, 2021 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The contamination of the Rio Cobre, reportedly by effluent from a bauxite mining company, remains a long-standing problem for residents who use the river for domestic purposes or depend on it for their livelihood. Since 2010, the National...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The 2020 graduating class of The University of the West Indies, Mona, were yesterday lauded for their resilience. Vice Chancellor Professor Hilary Beckles asserted that students were tested, not only by their professors, but by the COVID-19...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Carissa Etienne, has said that in the last week, roughly 2.5 million people were infected with COVID-19 in the region, the highest weekly cases since the onset of the pandemic. “Virtually...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Daniel Buchanan was four years old when he developed a love for planes and almost two decades later, he is a Federal Aviation Administration-licensed commercial pilot and flight instructor. Born in the United States, his father would take him to...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Content editor and youth language coach, La-Toya Samuels-Cousins, has launched a literacy programme aimed at igniting a passion for reading in young children. The 36-year-old told The Gleaner that Penpals Writing Club was birthed from a genuine...

Published:Monday | January 11, 2021 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

At least one high school principal has asserted that the lack of face-to-face engagement and limited cognitive stimulation have accounted for significant learning loss among students. Principal of Cumberland High School in St Catherine, Darien...

Published:Friday | January 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Ten members of the judiciary, nine of whom are females, were yesterday appointed to serve at higher levels within Jamaica’s justice system. Appointed were Vivene Harris, who will serve as Judge of Appeal, effective January 11; Carole Barnaby, who...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A true Jamaican patriot, visionary leader, tourism mogul extraordinaire and the greatest marketer tourism has ever seen. That is how tourism giant 79-year-old Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, who passed on Monday in the United States, is remembered by...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2021 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

More than 1,000 persons with disabilities have been added to the registry of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) since March 2020, an influx caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hundreds of people who reached out to the council...

Published:Tuesday | January 5, 2021 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Implementing the Disabilities Act, which was passed in October 2014, would be a “dream come true’’ for an estimated 15 to 20 per cent of the Jamaican population, or between 410,000 and 540,000 persons, this year. The act seeks to ensure full...

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2021 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

At 10 o’ clock yesterday morning, scores of homeless and indigent people had already flocked to the gates of the St William Grant Park in downtown Kingston for their annual New Year’s Day breakfast from the mayor. Among them was 81-year-old Roy...

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2021 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic came the rise in wearing protective masks, which abruptly excised half of the face from communication, creating a challenge for members of the deaf community. The covering deemed a critical barrier to guard...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:16 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With the new school term set to begin next Monday, at least one principals’ group is renewing concerns about the ongoing challenges with remote learning even as it awaits a decision from the Ministry of Education on the format classes will take. In...

Published:Thursday | December 31, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The COVID-19 pandemic has held the greater portion of 2020 in its grip. While its impact on many sectors has been noted, an area outside of the limelight which has been impacted in the cultural arena is language, with the creation of new words and...

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2020 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It has been 54 years since Moreen and Reginald Francis exchanged wedding vows, and the flame of love still burns in their hearts. The couple, who hail from Pimento Walk in Ocho Rios, St Ann, told The Gleaner that it took some time for Reginald to...

Published:Saturday | December 26, 2020 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-nine-year-old Citerina Atkins did not dream that she would become a farmer. The deCarteret College alumna, who hails from New Hall in Manchester, had her sights set on a career in finance. After graduating from The University of the West...

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