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Stories by Judana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

United States-based, Jamaican Stephanie Dunstan is seeking to expand the reach of the Mavis Scarlett Foundation, which was formed in 2016 and incorporated in 2018. Her grandmother, in whose honour the foundation is named, worked as a librarian at...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2020 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Otisa Wilmoth, head girl of the St James-based Green Pond High School last academic year, has emerged as the top performer at the institution in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Wilmoth, who loves competition, has...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Tasseika Dunn’s story is one of resilience. The 19-year-old graduate of Mount Alvernia High School in Montego Bay, St James, is now seeing a financial hurdle as the latest obstacle blocking the path to her dream. She is, however, not new to...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As some Caribbean countries delay the start to the 2020-2021 academic year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the regional examination body is already in discussions about next year’s sitting. Home-based learning has begun in Trinidad while...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With the 2020-2021 academic year set to officially get under way soon, questions are being raised about the feasibility of teaching all classes remotely and the rubric to maintain consistent criteria for grading students at home. During a Gleaner...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2020 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

School administrators and teachers are growing increasingly concerned over the inability of many students to access lessons remotely as they prepare to resume classes in a few weeks. The disruption to the academic calendar could also mean shortened...

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2020 | 12:17 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Quality customer service is proving vital to business continuity and pivoting for large and small entities hoping to stay afloat and survive in an environment where their original business models are not fully sustainable. While some have been able...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Come October 5, distance learning will become the reality for tens of thousands of students, and Jamaican Shamir Saddler is hoping to help schools improve their educational and administrative processes. Saddler is the CEO of SmartTerm, a United...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2020 | 12:06 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

An unplanned stop along Port Royal Street in Kingston for a Digicel Rising Stars video shoot last week revealed a trail of plastic bottles on the coastline of the Kingston Harbour. “When I looked along the coastline, I couldn’t believe the amount...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The scale of economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated that Jamaica’s social safety net needs to be widened and deepened, sociologist Dr Orville Taylor has asserted. The preliminary findings of a recent study conducted by UNICEF...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2020 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“Boy, finding food is hectic. Dem eat more now and me haffi find breakfast, lunch and dinner.” That was the response of Lisa*, a mother of four living in west Kingston, when asked how her family has been coping since the COVID-19 pandemic. Two of...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2020 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

With one person around the world committing suicide every 40 seconds, a local suicidologist is urging Jamaicans to look out for signs of distress in others around them and reach out to assist them, getting professional help if necessary, to steer...

Published:Tuesday | September 8, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican online learning and exam preparation platform EduFocal has launched a Primary Exit Profile (PEP) Academy for students in grades four to six. The academy will offer a full-day online learning programme Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m....

Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 7:33 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

AT LEAST one Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporter is convinced that Joan Gordon-Webley should not have crossed the political floors to the People’s National Party (PNP). Eunice Solomon, a resident of St Andrew East Rural, told The Gleaner that she...

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2020 | 12:19 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican diplomat Patsy Blair Robertson, esteemed for her work in the Commonwealth, is being remembered by her son for her intelligence, passion for life, commitment to justice, and love for Jamaica. Robertson died on August 18 in the United...

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2020 | 12:28 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Between general and municipal polls over the years, fashion designer Judith Dennis has been an election day worker 10 times, describing her experiences as “fair”. “Luckily for me, I haven’t seen any violence or problems. Smooth,” she told The...

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

When Karis Bailey’s daughter was about to graduate from Westwood High School 16 years ago, she wanted to give her a meaningful and long-lasting gift. This gave birth to KaRis Kreations, which started out as a hobby for Bailey, and now has...

Published:Saturday | August 29, 2020 | 12:00 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

JAMAICA’S SCHOOLS were shuttered in mid-March as a means of curtailing the spread of COVID-19, and as the date for reopening draws near, parents are doubtful that face-to-face classes will be a reality. Jacqueline Clayton, a resident of Port Royal...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2020 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Ronald ‘Ronnie’ Thwaites, a man of the cloth, who also wears the hat of family man, politician, lawyer, journalist and talk show host. Thwaites, who has been the Kingston Central member of parliament since 1997, will not be seeking re-election in...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2020 | 12:10 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be offering psychosocial sessions for students during the month of September. Owing to the spike in COVID-19 cases, the phased reopening of schools has been delayed until October 5. Schools...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2020 | 12:23 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Homes on edge, a truck held up by its fuel tank on the riverbank, and an uprooted utility pole resulting in a power outage. It was a scene residents of Eight Miles in Bull Bay, St Thomas, said they have never seen before. Severe weather associated...

Published:Tuesday | August 25, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Multiple landslides and a massive breakaway in Windsor Forest, St Thomas, have left hundreds of residents marooned, without electricity and Internet access. Residents of Richmond, Bethel, Cedar Valley, and adjoining communities have also been...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 12:53 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Daryl Vaz will be casting his vote in Portland Eastern for the second time as his wife and political partner, Ann-Marie Vaz, seeks to win in her first general election. ‘Man of Action’ and ‘Action Ann’, as they are affectionately called, are both...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Some residents of Caswell Farm, also known as Kimona Heights in St Catherine North Central, have pledged to give the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate Natalie Campbell-Rodriques their vote in the September 3 polls. The residents with whom The...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Daryl Vaz has declared that he is not daunted by the challenge of Valerie Neita-Robertson, the latest contender for the Portland Western seat, as he gears up for the September 3 polls. “Four of them have already...

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