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Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The national Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has defended its decision to grant a permit to Kumanda Park Limited, operators of Dovecot Memorial Park in St Catherine, for a proposed 72-acre expansion of the burial grounds. NEPA said that a...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A number of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters in the North East St Catherine constituency are demanding that party leader Andrew Holness replace Leslie Campbell with a representative from inside the constituency. The Labourites, most of whom...

Published:Friday | June 26, 2020 | 12:26 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Member of Parliament for St Catherine West Central Dr Christopher Tufton has suggested that an independent review be done of the technical study used by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) to approve the permit for the 71-acre...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:18 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Chairman of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, Norman Scott, has reduced the number of councillors who can physically attend general council meetings, a move he said is designed to adhere to existing protocols relating to social distancing....

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2020 | 12:58 PMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A number of small farmers in Glengoffe, St Catherine, who have experienced losses in crops amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars due to the effects of the prevailing drought conditions, are now faced with the possibility of another natural...

Published:Friday | May 15, 2020 | 12:29 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Crowding at remittance outlets could cause St Catherine cases of the new coronavirus to spike, councillor for the Mt Industry division, Roogae Kirlew, has charged. Kirlew has also called for the regime of voluntary testing to be intensified. The...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

With a growing number of students at home facing food shortages, principal of the Old Harbour High School in St Catherine, Lynton Weir, has devised a care programme aimed at assisting them. The students are forced to do homeschooling because of the...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A massive sanitisation drive was carried out by the Portmore Municipal Corporation in the Sunshine City yesterday in preparation for the thousands of residents who are expected to come out to shop today – the second designated day for getting...

Published:Saturday | April 11, 2020 | 12:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A major initiative to get commuters and residents using the Waterford bus terminal to wash their hands before boarding buses and taxis has been launched in an effort to keep the coronavirus out of the community. Waterford is located in Portmore, St...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Dry pipes have been making it difficult for thousands of residents in Mount Industry, St Catherine, to maintain sanitation guidelines issued by the Government to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus locally. With frequent handwashing and...

Published:Friday | March 6, 2020 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Kasey Tulloch was wracked with disappointment as he pondered how death would rob him of his lifelong dream of becoming a pilot. Now, he has been given new wings. Tulloch’s diagnosis of chronic kidney disease in 2014 had pushed his mother, Mitzite...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:33 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) was criticised by councillors attending Thursday’s general meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, who described the regulatory body as “useless”. Councillor for the Waterford division in Portmore...

Published:Friday | February 21, 2020 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Sleepless nights, inconsolable meltdowns, and existing in a state of denial characterise the daily life of Winsome Goulbourne, who lost her 10-year-old son, Leon Whittingham, little more than a year ago when he was shot in the head. Goulbourne is...

Published:Monday | January 27, 2020 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) will expand its reach in the St Catherine North Division with the construction of a new police station in the suburban community of Green Acres, near Spanish Town. Ground was broken last Friday for the...

Published:Thursday | January 16, 2020 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Several councillors attending Thursday’s monthly general meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation were displeased with the garbage collection in their respective divisions, and accused the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA)...

Published:Saturday | January 11, 2020 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A war of words between homeowners and a citizen association is threatening to erupt into a legal fight over gate access privileges at New Harbour Village II, a sprawling housing development in St Catherine. New security measures triggered by a...

Published:Tuesday | December 24, 2019 | 12:41 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

While an autopsy is yet to be performed, the Catherine North police have determined that foul play was not suspected in the death of Wesley Suckoo, Jamaica Labour Party councillor for the Point Hill division of the St Catherine Municipal...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:00 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Pauline Smith was a shadow of herself yesterday, crippled with grief at the loss of her daughter, 42-year-old bartender Patricia King, who has left behind two sons. “Why me, Lord? No, sah, not me. They took her from me. This is not right,” she said...

Published:Thursday | December 5, 2019 | 3:49 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton yesterday described as misleading Opposition claims that he has fudged data on the spiralling dengue fever epidemic, rejecting calls for his resignation as misguided. Tufton’s pushback was in...

Published:Wednesday | December 4, 2019 | 12:35 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

As Tesha Miller was found guilty of accessory before and after the fact to the 2008 murder of then chairman of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, Douglas Chambers, residents and business operators in Spanish Town, St Catherine, yesterday pondered...

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Faced with a population that has outgrown the school’s capacity, the St Jago High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Thursday launched its 275 Infrastructure Fund initiative, aimed at raising $275 million in the next five years to cater to...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:25 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) Dr Garth Anderson has said that a change in a regulation by the Ministry of Education of not allowing 10 per cent of teachers from different schools to be granted study and...

Published:Friday | November 15, 2019 | 12:51 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Less than 48 hours after Prime Minister Andrew Holness announced a $1.3-billion mitigation programme to combat the deadly dengue outbreak, councillors of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation engaged in a sparring match, accusing each other of...

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:36 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Seventeen-year-old Damario Patterson, an upper-sixth-form student at St Jago High School in Spanish Town, was on Monday declared St Catherine Municipal Corporation youth mayor for 2019 after outperforming six other youth councillors drawn from...

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2019 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

More than 40 fishermen who operate along the Rio Cobre have had their livelihood dislocated because of the contamination of the river from effluent that triggered a fish kill last week. The Government’s environmental watchdog, the National...

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