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Stories by Jason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Ninety-six Jamaicans who were stranded overseas for months due to border restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19, have finally returned home and have expressed elation to The Gleaner.  They arrived around 9:00 a.m. at the Norman...

Published:Saturday | May 30, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

AS THE 2020 hurricane season begins in another two days, residents of Cedar Avenue in Nightingale Grove, St Catherine, have reflected on some scary experiences they have had in the past when heavy rains pounded the country. For years, Cedar...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

WITH MORE than 500 residents of the Kingston Western constituency rendered homeless by fire in the last six years, four families who received keys to houses in Denham Town have been warned against the hazard of stealing electricity. Local...

Published:Saturday | May 23, 2020 | 12:17 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

MORE THAN 200 members of the Jamaica Society for the Blind (JSB) were given care packages of food and other essential items yesterday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, courtesy of Jenny Jenny Productions. Founder of Jenny Jenny Productions, Jennifer...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:11 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

EARLY CHILDHOOD institutions that are not government-funded have found themselves in a bind, since their business models depend on children attending school, but are not able to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sharon Golding, administrator...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:34 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

HANNAHLISA HALL is just eight years old but she is a battle-hardened soldier who has survived three strokes. The child and her mother, Claudette Grant, visited the Combined Disabilities Association office on Ripon Road in Kingston yesterday to...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2020 | 12:27 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

New measures including the mandatory wearing of face masks for the resumption of church services beyond a 10-person capacity could not muffle the praise of congregants at Power of Faith Ministries in Portmore, St Catherine, yesterday. Scores of...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Councillors in Kingston and St Andrew have put infrastructural development projects in their respective divisions on pause, and have been channelling all funds and attention towards providing care packages of food and other essentials to residents...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Kingston’s coastline, stretching from Rae Town to the Bank of Jamaica along Port Royal Street, is currently undergoing major restoration, made possible through a US$30-million loan from the World Bank. The loan was provided under the multilateral’...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2020 | 12:22 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Sixty-three-year-old Clayton Wright was asleep inside his one-bedroom home on West Avenue in central Kingston on Saturday, shortly after midnight, when he was jolted from his slumber as fire singed the top of his head. Wright, who walks with the...

Published:Saturday | May 9, 2020 | 12:17 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Many taxi and bus operators in sections of Kingston and St Andrew are seemingly adhering to social-distancing guidelines outlined by the Government for the sector, in terms of the number of passengers they are allowed to transport at a time. These...

Published:Friday | May 8, 2020 | 12:06 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The rising murders and bloodletting in the St Andrew South Police Division is not lost on Ileen Graham, whose 21-year-old son, Shannon Staple, was killed by gunmen on Phillip Avenue in Olympic Gardens on Sunday morning. Despite the police division...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

When his main areas of business were hit by the fallout from government-imposed coronavirus containment measures, an innovative P.J. Wright decided to start a new company, Mint Cleaners, and take with him employees from his flagging ventures. Mint...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2020 | 12:07 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Jamaican parents and community groups have been urged to adopt a more activist role in protecting children from sexual predators who are increasingly lurking on the Internet. Retired Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant, who is still...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:26 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

LESS THAN 24 hours after the Government hinted at its hope for a whole-scale reopening of call-centre sites after an outbreak of COVID-19, it has emerged that a business process outsourcing (BPO) firm has been ordered shut by public health...

Published:Monday | April 27, 2020 | 12:20 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As she willed her near-powerless legs to move while being accompanied home by relatives on Saturday afternoon, Annett Drummond was a crude caricature of frailty and grief. The distraught woman was speechless after trying to identify the body of her...

Published:Saturday | April 25, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Stuck in Jamaica following the closure of the island’s borders as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19, Akilah Southwell, an Antiguan, and first-year law student at The University of the West Indies (UWI), was homesick. When news came...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:28 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Yesterday’s commissioning of a high-tech machine at the National Public Health Laboratory in Kingston is expected to expand Jamaica’s capacity for testing for the new coronavirus amid criticism that low assessments were giving a false picture of...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 12:09 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Spanish Town Mayor Norman Scott has appealed to Prime Minister Andrew Holness to increase the number of COVID-19 testing sites and kits throughout St Catherine, especially since residents may have come in contact with workers from the Alorica call...

Published:Monday | April 20, 2020 | 12:18 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Sheka Robinson believes that a pang in her stomach while she was at work last Friday morning, followed by a teacup shattering, were omens of the fatal shooting of her 16-year-old son, Dave Tyrrell, in Denham Town, west Kingston. His murder, around...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

As Ministry of Health...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:23 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Though COVID-19 has caused the shuttering of churches nationwide and left houses of worship with a handful of congregants in their pews, Jamaican clerics rallied Christians to project faith in a time of disease and despair. The global pandemic has...

Published:Monday | April 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

The goodwill of the police and state bus staff was called into action on Saturday afternoon as they helped rescue scores of stranded St Thomas residents who were unable to leave downtown Kingston for home as all buses and taxis had deserted the...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:21 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

Huddled yesterday morning as a pastor prayed in the front yard where their loved one, 52-year-old Colleen Walker was murdered on Thursday, family members grieved while pondering on a possible motive. A rake was still on the lawn beside a small pile...

Published:Tuesday | April 7, 2020 | 12:00 AMJason Cross/Gleaner Writer

With schools closing more than three weeks ago due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Jamaican parents are finding it challenging to keep their children on track with lessons at home as teachers work out alternative arrangements to deliver...

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