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Published:Tuesday | September 28, 2021 | 12:12 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A mystery disease causing their watermelons to rot on the inside while appearing perfect on the outside, has caused several St Elizabeth farmers to halt cultivation of the fruit to stem mounting financial losses. The farmers said that at first,...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The family of 23-year-old Kevon McCloud is still in disbelief at his shooting death in the Gordon Wood community of Church Pen, St Catherine, on Saturday evening. McCloud, who worked as an animal feed delivery man, was helping a neighbour in the...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The launch of an initiative by the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Services (TODSS) to promote the vaccination of operators of public transportation has been met with sharp resistance by the majority of taxi operators in Linstead. TODSS...

Published:Monday | September 20, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The circumstances surrounding the murder of a 21-year-old Linstead man as he reportedly made his way home from work are questionable. The Linstead police say they are yet to establish a motive for the shooting death of Asshi Johnson of a Rosemount...

Published:Friday | September 17, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has appointed the Reverend Phillip Kermitt Johnson to act as custos for St Catherine as the Reverend Jeffery McKenzie has reached the age of retirement. The 46-year-old Johnson, who founded Fingers From the Heart...

Published:Wednesday | September 15, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Michael Shaw knows that cesspool crews flirt with danger and death every time they descend the ladder into the deep and dark belly of septic tanks. And as he reflected on last week’s tragic deaths of three cesspool labourers, presumably from...

Published:Wednesday | September 15, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

AS EFFORTS to unite warring factions in the St Andrew Eastern constituency continue to unfold, the citizens’ associations in five communities have embarked on an ambitious ‘Tourist in Every Yard’ project to be rolled out on August 1, 2022. The...

Published:Friday | September 10, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Three distinguished justices of the peace (JPs) representing Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey, were among more than a dozen honoured with the Golden Scale Award on August 28. The county honourees were Howard Deers, Florizel Allen and Michael Reid....

Published:Thursday | September 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The issue of Internet and Wi-Fi connectivity for students who have to do online classes in some rural St Catherine communities has been a challenge since the onset of the coronavirus in Jamaica that forced the discontinuation of face-to-face...

Published:Tuesday | September 7, 2021 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Soaring coronavirus infections in the southwestern parish of St Elizabeth are a cause for concern for healthcare officials, with new cases rising 43 per cent over the last month. Parish manager for health services, Sean Brissett has forecast tough...

Published:Thursday | September 2, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Chronic renal failure is a major public health problem in Jamaica, and this is placing added financial burden on the healthcare sector as well as on the growing number of patients who need care. Professor Emeritus of Nephrology at The University of...

Published:Monday | August 30, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

A group of anti-vaxxers from the United Independent Congress (UIC), Jamaica’s third registered political party, staged a demonstration in Spanish Town, St Catherine, last Saturday. The group is demanding that the Andrew Holness administration halt...

Published:Thursday | August 26, 2021 | 12:05 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Residents of Cuffies Pen and surrounding districts in Lacovia, St Elizabeth, have not had water running in their pipes for more than seven years and are now fed up with having to live without the precious commodity. According to the them, their...

Published:Monday | August 23, 2021 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The ravages of the coronavirus have taken the ultimate toll on one St Elizabeth family whose members are pondering if their relative would still be alive if he had been vaccinated. Andrew Burton, 45, was not an anti-vaxxer, but had reportedly not...

Published:Monday | August 23, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The success of Jamaica’s campaign to immunise tens of thousands of students could rest on the mobilisation of an army of vaccination teams into rural districts and inner-city communities. That is the assessment of Education Minister Fayval Williams...

Published:Monday | August 16, 2021 | 12:48 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Chaos is set to reign in the island’s public transport sector today as while interest group leaders are asking taxi and bus operators to delay applying a ministry-approved 15 per cent increase in fares as they lobby for a higher percentage, some...

Published:Thursday | August 12, 2021 | 12:12 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has said that there is no excuse for Jamaicans to now not take the COVID-19 vaccine, emphasising its importance in crippling the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking yesterday at the commissioning of 207 new justices of the...

Published:Monday | August 9, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

In an effort to foster change in the violence-torn August Town in St Andrew Central, some community-based groups have started initiatives to give back to the area. The Peace Builders, African Gardens/Bedward Crescent Community Development...

Published:Saturday | August 7, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

In a sweeping condemnation of persons who are using social media to perpetuate misinformation about the coronavirus vaccine, State Minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Alando Terrelonge, has called on those...

Published:Friday | August 6, 2021 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Residents in the Bog Walk Gorge have blamed the contamination of the Rio Cobre for anecdotal cases of ill health and the stench from a fish kill for a financial fallout for small businesses. The unbearable smell coming from hundreds of pounds of...

Published:Friday | August 6, 2021 | 12:05 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Seventy-one-year-old Clovis Brown, a resident of Sligoville, St Catherine, was nine years old when Jamaica got its Independence from Britain in 1962. She recalled attending the Sligoville All-Age School at the time, and the efforts made by teachers...

Published:Wednesday | August 4, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

There seem to be a waning resistance to the idea of the municipality of Portmore becoming Jamaica’s 15th parish on the part of some residents who spoke at the joint select committee of Parliament virtual town hall meeting last Thursday. Since the...

Published:Monday | August 2, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

In a fervent display of will and determination, the Hermitage Women For Peace, in association with the Sizzla Youth Foundation and the August Town Peace Builders, staged a peace march on Sunday to register their opposition to the continued...

Published:Thursday | July 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

As citizens of Portmore were drawn into the discussions for the first time on the issue of their municipality becoming Jamaica’s 15th parish, concerns about well-defined parish boundaries, infrastructural development and revenue fallout dominated a...

Published:Tuesday | July 27, 2021 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Rogue transport operators whose unlicensed vehicles have had to be seized multiple times by the police should have their property forfeited to the State. That’s a recommendation by Senior Superintendent of Police Gary McKenzie, head of the Public...

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