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Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has made a plea for more resources to be given to the office she has held since November 2015. “I have a communications adviser, she is a volunteer given to me by a foreign country [for six months]. That...

Published:Tuesday | October 1, 2019 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Orette Fisher, electoral consultant and former director of elections, last week pitched a solution to the problem of flags and other paraphernalia which remain in constituencies after an election period. Sharing that he has observed elections in a...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:18 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has noted that the island’s infrastructure has become obsolete and is not able to withstand current weather events. “Jamaica is now experiencing longer and more intense periods of drought, followed by shorter and...

Published:Friday | September 27, 2019 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Fontana Pharmacy handed over a framed storyboard about cultural icon Louise Bennett-Coverley to the Jamaica Library Service (JLS) on Tuesday. The ceremony, which was held at the JLS’s Tom Redcam Drive headquarters, formed part of the 100 days of...

Published:Thursday | September 26, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans needing diagnostic services will have other options besides public-health facilities come October. The Ministry of Health and Wellness has forged a partnership with 10 private radiology and diagnostic service providers across the island...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Young leaders have called for wider public education about the Office of the Political Ombudsman, which was established in 2002. The 19 young leaders met with Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown last Friday in a forum commemorating the 14th...

Published:Wednesday | September 25, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It’s largely a guessing game when the more than 25,000 blind Jamaicans pick up a local bank note. While there are distinguishing marks at the edge of each banknote which can be felt to reveal what denomination it is, several bills in circulation...

Published:Thursday | September 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

At six years old, she was enrolled in a Kingston-based primary school, knowing only about five consonants and a couple vowels. She wasn’t able to sound out any words and she had a few sight words but not enough to be able to read a sentence. The...

Published:Wednesday | September 18, 2019 | 12:27 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Learning Innovations for Autism Management (LIAM) is on target to create an inclusive educational system that supports children with autism. Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that prevents people from understanding what they see, hear...

Published:Tuesday | September 17, 2019 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The name Father Richard Ho Lung has become synonymous with the poor in Jamaica. Today, he celebrates his 80th birthday and he desires for Jamaicans to become more charitable towards the poor. Forty years ago, he founded the Missionaries of the...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has revealed that 48 Jamaicans have sought the ministry’s assistance in locating relatives in the Hurricane Dorian-hit Bahamas. Already, some of them have been located. “Efforts to locate others are...

Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It was euphoria and high energy for the Big 185! After its first publication on September 13, 1834, The Gleaner showed no signs of slowing down yesterday morning and kicked off the festivities with a grand road march in downtown Kingston. Led by...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The spirit of collaboration was in the air yesterday as Pembroke Hall, Ardenne, and Haile Selassie high schools merged for a musical and drama piece while Vaz Preparatory and Holy Family Primary performed an incorporated dance routine at the launch...

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As Jamaica breathes a sigh of relief that none of its nationals have been reported dead so far, one of the most devastating stories has emerged out of The Bahamas. For 18-year-old Zachary Bain, the onslaught of Hurricane Dorian will be etched in...

Published:Thursday | September 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Children of Jamaica Outreach Inc (COJO), a New York-based Jamaican charity, awarded just over US$40,000 in scholarships to 10 wards of the State yesterday. The awardees were nominated by children’s officers from the various parishes and selected...

Published:Wednesday | September 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Thirty-five current and former employees of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group were yesterday toasted for their sterling years of service to the multimedia organisation. The function, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, was the first combined long-...

Published:Tuesday | September 10, 2019 | 12:21 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As relief efforts continue in hurricane-ravaged Bahamas, Faith Cathedral Deliverance Centre on Waltham Park Road in St Andrew has initiated a drive that it hopes will expand to a national scale. Bishop Herro Blair said that during their church...

Published:Saturday | September 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

He left Savanna-la-Mar in Westmoreland for a visit to The Bahamas in 1990, but his stay was made permanent, having met his now wife there. Richard Little never imagined that the Queen’s Cove, Grand Bahama, home he shared with his wife and three...

Published:Saturday | September 7, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-two students were presented with scholarships from the Portia Simpson Miller Foundation on Thursday. At the annual scholarship ceremony, held at the Spanish Court Hotel, former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said the scholarships,...

Published:Thursday | September 5, 2019 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

At least 70 public education institutions and three communities have benefited from a climate-change partnership forged between the governments of Japan and Jamaica. Jamaica is among the eight participating Caribbean countries in the Japan-...

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2019 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaican Government yesterday expressed sympathy and pledged support to the people of The Bahamas following the passage of the fierce Hurricane Dorian, which pummelled the island on Monday and Sunday. Dorian, which slammed into the islands as...

Published:Wednesday | September 4, 2019 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican Patrice Moore has been living in Freeport, Grand Bahama, since September 2007. The Jack Hayward Junior High School music teacher told The Gleaner that it was her first time experiencing a Category Five hurricane when Dorian slammed The...

Published:Tuesday | September 3, 2019 | 12:31 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As Hurricane Dorian battered The Bahamas yesterday, leaving a trail of death and devastation in its wake, there was uncertainty about the fate of roughly 1,000 Jamaicans living in the badly devastated Abaco Islands. Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert...

Published:Monday | September 2, 2019 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Mackoy McNish’s mother was raped when she was 15 years old and opted out of an abortion. Her son was separated from her at birth and became a registered ward of the state after she liaised with the then Child Development Agency (CDA) – now the...

Published:Friday | August 30, 2019 | 12:41 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As the new school term gets under way next week, there are concerns about traffic management in the Corporate Area as a number of projects have missed their projected deadlines. Karl Samuda, the minister with responsibility for the education...

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