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Published:Tuesday | May 24, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearnel Charles Jr is unfazed by a threat by his opposition counterpart, Lothan Cousins, to take the Government to task for not doing enough for the sector when Parliament sits today. Speaking at the People’s...

Published:Monday | May 23, 2022 | 12:08 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

A Clarendon school operator has slammed national training agency HEART/NSTA Trust for crushing the future of many at-risk youths by terminating a partnership with Meadowlands Centre of Excellence in Bushy Park. Sharon Minott, director of...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

It has been a week of torture and sleepless nights for 29-year-old Jameal Mendez, Sr since the mystery disappearance of his only child, a two-year-old boy named after him. While the family, concerned neighbours and the police have combed multiple...

Published:Monday | May 16, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

The mother of missing two-year-old Jahmeal Mendez believes that a sudden urge to scroll through photos of her young son might have been an omen that something was wrong. That intuition caused 26-year-old Kera Williams, of Rasta Corner in Free Town...

Published:Saturday | May 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Grieving students, colleagues and community folk gathered at the Vere Technical High School in Clarendon yesterday, struggling to come to terms with the death of Principal Antoinette Banton-Ellis, who died suddenly on Thursday evening. Sources told...

Published:Thursday | May 12, 2022 | 12:05 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Stakeholders in Gravel Hill, Clarendon, have been assured that repairs to the deplorable roads in the south-western Clarendon community will commence by this summer. The repairs are to be undertaken by bauxite/alumina company Jamalco. The company...

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Natasha Williams-Whittingham has not found the going easy, but, each time she contemplates giving up, the love for her children and a burning desire to see them excel keeps the single mother going. “Giving up is the last thing in my head, but...

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) says it is committed to providing safer roads for the nation’s children through its Safe Passage: Safe Routes to School project, a partnership with the Ministry of Education. The project, under the...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2022 | 12:10 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Irate taxi operators and residents blocked a section of the York Town road in Clarendon yesterday morning, disrupting commute and forcing some students to miss the first day of the summer term. The protesters argued that heavy-duty vehicles...

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Thirty-four days behind bars, sleeping on cardboard on a concrete floor, and unsanitary living conditions are dreaded experiences Saheem Whittaker is adamant he will not relive. Whittaker says those experiences have propelled him to choose a better...

Published:Monday | April 18, 2022 | 12:10 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

News of stabbing deaths involving teens has evoked fear and anxiety for Latoya Francis. She said she had always prayed that such pain would never visit her doorstep, but on March 3, cruel fate came knocking at her door. Her 15-year-old cousin,...

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2022 | 12:10 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Christian leaders basked in the promise of hope yesterday as for the first time since 2020, they were able to gather in large numbers to celebrate Good Friday, reflecting on Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for mankind. Good Friday commemorates the...

Published:Friday | April 8, 2022 | 12:09 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

The shooting death of an eight-year-old Clarendon boy has shocked his community, with peers and teachers at the Race Course Primary and Infant School jolted by news of a third tragic death in two weeks. Thomas James Jr was shot in the head on...

Published:Tuesday | April 5, 2022 | 12:05 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

The stepmother of murdered 17-year-old student Jason Whyte Jr is still in disbelief that the Central High schoolboy won’t push open the door to their home in Effortville, Clarendon. Residents of Sevens Heights, also in the central Jamaica parish,...

Published:Saturday | April 2, 2022 | 12:09 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Micey Walters, the mother of two infants who perished in a fire in Hayesfield in Race Course, Clarendon, on March 24, was granted bail in the sum of $800,000 when she appeared in the Clarendon Parish Court yesterday. The 27-year-old mother is...

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2022 | 12:12 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Last Thursday, Conroy Morgan and his wife celebrated their fourth wedding anniversary. But in a cruel twist of fate, the celebratory spirit in the family home was short-lived. Morgan, the family’s sole breadwinner, was stabbed to death on Monday,...

Published:Tuesday | March 29, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

The last words 13-year-old Omarion Haniford reportedly cried out after he was stabbed two days ago are seared into the memory of his mother, who is still traumatised after a seemingly routine Sunday morning was transformed into a hellish...

Published:Monday | March 28, 2022 | 12:07 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

There is high hope that the recent full-scale resumption of face-to-face classes will reignite the interest of students and teachers alike in mathematics – a subject that continues to record underperformance in primary and secondary schools. That...

Published:Saturday | March 26, 2022 | 12:08 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Decoy Royal recounts his years as a teen selling okra in the May Pen market in Clarendon as the most difficult years of his life. The 28-year-old, now an agriculture teacher and supervisor for the crop production department at the College of...

Published:Friday | March 25, 2022 | 12:09 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Sisters Donnisha, Donya and Donneilla personify the algebraic expression, ‘to the third power’. The three sisters have many things in common, but their love for arithmetic and number theory, geometry, teaching and mathematics take precedence. The...

Published:Friday | March 25, 2022 | 12:08 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

“God, why You give me them and tek them back just so?” a grief-stricken Micey Walters asked amid a flood of tears yesterday after her infant daughters – Kayla, 4, and Abigail, 3 – perished in a fire that gutted their Clarendon home. “God, a wah mi...

Published:Saturday | March 19, 2022 | 12:08 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Taxi operators and residents in sections of Clarendon North western are bemoaning the deplorable state of the roads, calling for urgent action to address the unbearable situation. Roy Walters, who plies the May Pen to Blackwoods route, told The...

Published:Thursday | March 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Soothing music, melodious singing and vivacious drama performances catapulted into an evening of arts and entertainment in memory of arts enthusiast and Garvey Maeco High School teacher, Ann-Marie Robb. Robb, who worked at the institution in...

Published:Tuesday | March 15, 2022 | 12:06 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

Bringing Mocho, Clarendon, on par with urban areas is how Robert Nesta Morgan, member of parliament for Clarendon North Central, likened the launch of free community Wi-Fi in the Stewarton area of the rural community on Thursday. The free Wi-Fi...

Published:Monday | March 7, 2022 | 12:11 AMOlivia Brown/Gleaner Writer

With the full resumption of face-to-face classes today, some schools are still being handicapped by furniture shortage. Violet Thomas-Thompson, president of the Primary and Infant School Principals Association disclosed that the challenge has...

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