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Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2022 | 12:09 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Once a below-average student, Trench Town native Terrain Wright graduated from the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) with the highest honours – magna cum laude – on Sunday, proving that where one if from does not define their destiny. Wright,...

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

State Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Franklyn Witter, says the only way to realise the full potential of the agricultural sector is by getting young farmers involved. Witter was speaking on Tuesday during the ceremony for...

Published:Monday | August 15, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Some 600 youth farmers, last Thursday, were named beneficiaries of the Strengthening the Adaptive Capacity of Young Farmers and Fisherfolk project, an initiative geared towards offering support to youth in agriculture to combat climate change and...

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2022 | 12:09 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Two Clarendon fishermen who were seen heading to sea south of Rocky Point last Friday have gone missing and have been feared dead. The men, 42-year-old Robert Weir, and 29-year-old Lucky Ellis, both of Portland Cottage addresses, reportedly set out...

Published:Tuesday | August 9, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Organisers of civic events and other stakeholders in Manchester say plans are already underway to reignite the public’s interest in cultural activities, ahead of Jamaica’s 61st Independence celebrations next year. A decline in attendance and the...

Published:Friday | August 5, 2022 | 12:12 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Twenty-two-year-old Sutanya Ellington, who was on Monday crowned National Farm Queen at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show, is aiming to get more women and youth involved in agriculture. Acknowledging that she was heartened to see...

Published:Friday | August 5, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Ashley Findley-Forbes, the victim of a freak Vernamfield drag-racing crash on July 17, died hours before her son’s fifth birthday. Her son’s father, Patrick Pinnock, is still cursing fate that the celebratory plans for their son Lyricue’s birthday...

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2022 | 12:12 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Culture Minister Olivia Grange has vowed to revive the flagging fortunes of Jamaica’s traditions amid mounting concerns that cultural practices are at risk of drifting into oblivion. Grange said she would be courting support from global agency...

Published:Saturday | July 30, 2022 | 12:08 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Major towns in Manchester were painted in black, green and gold as scores of residents donned the national colours to join the Manchester float parade on Thursday as celebrations kick into gear to mark Emancipation Day and the island’s 60th...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

SPIRITS ARE high in Maidstone, Manchester, as community members gear up for the annual Emancipation festival dubbed ‘Fus A August’. The event is spearheaded by Member of Parliament for Manchester North Western Mikael Phillips, and the Maidstone...

Published:Friday | July 29, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

THE MAIDSTONE Museum represents the storied journey to emancipation for the ancestors of the proud residents of the northwestern Manchester community. Officially opened in 2015 by then Minister of Tourism Dr Wykeham McNeill and Mikael Phillips,...

Published:Monday | July 25, 2022 | 12:08 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Audrea Shaw-Green still has cups and other paraphernalia she was given as a child during the 1962 Independence celebrations. Though she was 10 years old at the time, she recalls the happenings vividly, the excitement etched in the mind of the now...

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2022 | 12:15 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

As investigations into Sunday’s deadly accident at the Vernamfield Aerodrome in Clarendon continue, residents of Gimme-Mi-Bit and surrounding communities have expressed concern over what they believe to be lax safety measures when racing events are...

Published:Tuesday | July 19, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

A total of 17 street lights have been stolen across Manchester since June. The disclosure was made by Devon Willis, operations manager at the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), who was speaking last Thursday during the monthly sitting of the...

Published:Friday | July 15, 2022 | 12:09 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Tearful councillors took time to pay tribute to their late colleague, Cleon Francis, who they described as a true leader, friend, and mentor during Thursday’s meeting of the Manchester Municipal Corporation. Francis, who represented the...

Published:Tuesday | July 12, 2022 | 12:09 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Louise Stoddart is now wallowing in grief and regret after her 10-year-old grandson – for whom she had cared since birth and was recently relocated from her Clarendon home to live with his father – died after being found unresponsive in an oven...

Published:Monday | July 11, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will be rolling out additional resources over the next few weeks to boost police responsiveness to robberies across several police divisions, said Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson, who was...

Published:Monday | July 4, 2022 | 12:36 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

An empty chair among young graduates at Beulah All-Age and Infant School’s graduation on Friday was a stark reminder of the brutal murder of five-year-old Rafaella Smith, one of the victims of the Cocoa Piece bloodbath that jolted the nation on...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

“I just want to see him face to face to ask him, ‘Why? Why him do it?’ I need answers,” said a grieving Gwendolyn McKnight yesterday as Prime Minister Andrew Holness visited the mother of 31-year-old Kemesha Wright, who was killed along with her...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2022 | 12:07 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Forty-four-year-old taxi operator Ralston Cockett, who was gunned down on the weekend in Springfield, Clarendon, had plans to celebrate with his sister at her June 24 wedding. But owing to disruptions linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, his family’s...

Published:Monday | June 27, 2022 | 12:09 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

A Jamaican fisherman traumatised by the loss of his right arm in a shark attack on the weekend has recounted the harrowing brush with death in what seemed like a 15-minute battle. Michael Simpson, who spoke with The Gleaner at May Pen Hospital...

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

The image of the blood-drenched body of 15-year-old murder victim Kimanda Smith still haunts 87-year-old Clevan Edwards. Kimanda, her three siblings, and their mother, Kemesha ‘Reds’ Wright, were found with their throats slashed at their New Road...

Published:Saturday | June 11, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

It has been almost two weeks of turmoil for a Clarendon family as they search for their 82-year-old patriarch, James Carter, who vanished from his Glenmuir Housing Scheme home on Monday, May 30. The 5ft 8in tall Carter, who is also know as Jim, was...

Published:Friday | June 10, 2022 | 12:05 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

From May Pen, Clarendon, to the British Empire. The story of Felicia Nadine Watkinson is one of resilience and determination. Watkinson is set to be inducted as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List...

Published:Thursday | June 9, 2022 | 12:08 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Securing the future of some 46 special-needs students in Clarendon is how Juliet Francis-Christian, unit supervisor at the Denbigh-based Windsor School of Special Education, describes the prospects for the start of a fruit garden project at the...

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