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Published:Thursday | February 2, 2023 | 1:02 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

After getting a call Tuesday afternoon that her six-bedroom board house in Ellerslie Pen was on fire, Pauline McKay rushed from the Spanish Town Market, her heart frozen with fear. Though discovering that the entire dwelling was razed, she was...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2023 | 12:48 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Fisherfolk and small business operators who were affected by last July’s major fish kill in the Rio Cobre have expressed disappointment with the compensation package they received Wednesday and vow to seek legal action. The payouts, according to...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2023 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Reprising the role of peacemaker, Education Minister Fayval Williams sought to mend fences on Tuesday between teachers of Homestead Primary and its principal, Sophia Deer, whose sour relationship exploded with protests last November. Williams...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2023 | 1:37 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The body of a man was discovered in bushes adjacent to the Spanish Town bypass and Salt Pond Road at about 7 a.m. Tuesday. The deceased, identified by his brother, Winston Parkes, as Isaiah Atkinson, was discovered with his throat slashed and what...

Published:Friday | January 13, 2023 | 12:30 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The Portmore Municipal Council has voted to seek an extension from the Ministry of Local Government to get the input of residents on a draft bill set to be tabled in Parliament to establish Portmore as a parish. A copy of the draft, ‘An Act to...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2023 | 12:34 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Andrew Wheatley, chairman of the joint select committee of Parliament which was tasked with establishing the framework for Jamaica’s first post-colonial parish, has strongly defended the Government’s move to designate parish status to Portmore. In...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2022 | 1:05 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Residents of sections of Portmore in St Catherine say they are at their wits’ end as a persistent water crisis has been making their lives miserable. They told The Gleaner that the situation, which they have been grappling with for several years,...

Published:Wednesday | December 21, 2022 | 12:59 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The November announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness that the Government will redevelop parish capitals and rural townships to maximise their economic potential has been viewed by some Spanish Town residents as another empty promise. “We hear...

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2022 | 12:16 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) has expressed concern about the rise of mini-dump sites in St Catherine. With the approaching holiday season that traditionally generates additional household and commercial waste, the concerns...

Published:Friday | December 9, 2022 | 1:17 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Waterford Division Councillor Fenley Douglas is urging the Government to increase the remuneration paid to councillors. Speaking during Thursday’s meeting of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, Douglas labelled the present salary embarrassing,...

Published:Friday | December 2, 2022 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Boosted by the addition of the long-promised 50 additional trucks to its fleet, the National Solid Waste Management Authority’s (NSWMA) campaign to address garbage pile-up across the island began in Portmore, St Catherine, on Thursday. NSWMA...

Published:Monday | November 28, 2022 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Mark Golding has re-emphasised that there is no reason for the Government to suspend the basic human rights of half the Jamaican population where states of emergency have been declared to deal with approximately 300 alleged...

Published:Monday | November 14, 2022 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Gunmen struck again in Homestead, St Catherine, Sunday morning, killing 34-year-old barber Alanzo Bennett at his home. This follows on the heels of Thursday night’s gang-related killing of 33-year-old Damian Marlyn and the wounding of three other...

Published:Friday | November 11, 2022 | 5:57 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

THE MINISTRY of Health has managed to successfully place for adoption under its Adopt-A-Clinic initiative 40 out of a targeted 100 health centres across the island. Some $173 million has been raised so far under the initiative. The latest facility...

Published:Friday | November 11, 2022 | 7:19 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Dr Christopher Tufton has engaged in damage control regarding $400 million in COVID-19 expenditure regulation breaches, arguing that the pandemic presented grave difficulties for the health ministry in its management of the disease. Tufton said...

Published:Tuesday | November 1, 2022 | 12:11 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The South Eastern Regional Health Authority (SERHA) has denied claims that newborns recently died from a bacterial outbreak at Spanish Town Hospital amid revelations of swirling infections at Victoria Jubilee which killed at least 13 babies since...

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2022 | 12:07 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Eighteen months into the execution of a five-year multimillion-dollar project, Portmore is said to have slashed non-revenue water losses by a third, a move which it is hoped will help to turn around the financial fortunes of the National Water...

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2022 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

An agreement signed on Tuesday between Digicel Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Youth will see the telecoms company spending, cumulatively, US$500,000 to establish state-of-the-art information and communications technology (ICT) rooms...

Published:Saturday | October 15, 2022 | 12:08 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Opposition Leader Mark Golding said he will seek dialogue with the Government with a view to averting the impending eviction of several families now occupying lands handed down to them in Pleasant Hill, St Catherine. The 65 families, some of whom...

Published:Thursday | October 13, 2022 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Wednesday declared that he has passed the stage of needing to win political popularity and favour. “It doesn’t matter to me any more. I have to start to think about legacy: What will Jamaica be? Will it be the same...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2022 | 12:10 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

In its bid to strengthen integrity assurance across government agencies, the Major Organized Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) launched its first polygraph examiner’s course on Monday. Speaking at the launch at the National Police College in...

Published:Saturday | October 8, 2022 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Friday said that his administration has a master plan for 15,000 housing solutions on lands located in the vicinity of Clifton in St Catherine, a day after the Government moved in to bulldoze unfinished structures...

Published:Friday | October 7, 2022 | 12:13 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The demolition of some 30 unfinished houses constructed illegally on the outskirts of the Clifton community in Portmore, St Catherine was halted on Thursday after a crew had destroyed 10 of the units. As early as 6 a.m., the security forces had...

Published:Monday | October 3, 2022 | 12:09 AMRuddy Mathison/Gleaner Writer

The Ministry of National Security is expected to spend $50 million to $70 million to install drainage, sewerage, and fencing infrastructure that has delayed the opening of the Green Acres Police Station built on lands donated by the citizens’...

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