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Stories by Asha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The Tacius Golding High School in St Catherine is aiming to boost the efficiency of farmers in the surrounding Brown’s Hall community in ginger production, with a greenhouse that it has built to produce the potent root crop on a commercial scale....

Published:Tuesday | January 25, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Residents in St Catherine West Central are overjoyed about the installation of a new bridge, which has replaced the antiquated, unsafe one that served as Watermount and other neighbourhoods’ only connection to other community corridors and the main...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Last year, Keronique Palmer’s Christmas wish was simply to be able to continue to pursue her medical career. However, the first-year medical student was unable to pay her tuition fees, which totalled $4,349,800 (US$28,000). With an outstanding...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Administrators at the Norman Gardens Primary School in Kingston held a spelling bee competition on Thursday to help restore some school spirit, while also challenging the intellect of their students, who had been out of the classroom for almost two...

Published:Monday | January 24, 2022 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Eleven-year-old Roy-J Francis wishes for the crime and violence in his Jones Town community to come to an end. He was in attendance at the first staging of a seven-week- long series of development and life-skills training funded by the United...

Published:Thursday | January 20, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Past participants drafted into the Jamaica National Service Corps (JNSC) to become agents of positive change in their communities are expressing frustration at delays in getting their certificates after completing the yearlong military-like journey...

Published:Thursday | January 20, 2022 | 12:09 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Residents in Waterhouse, St Andrew, are outraged at the state of community corridors linked to Bay Farm Road amid the installation of sewerage pipes. The affected roads are Dahlia and Verbena avenues, where work has been ongoing since December,...

Published:Wednesday | January 19, 2022 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Although Edmund ‘Eddie’ Reid has passed away, his works and legacy will live on as one of the very few black violinists to have graced the stages of orchestras across the United Kingdom. Reid died at age 85 on December 13, 2021, following a brief...

Published:Tuesday | January 18, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Andrae Artwell, a former St Catherine High School student who is now a successful entrepreneur in the United States, donated two school rings to the institution’s 2021 top achievers last Wednesday. The passionate old boy, who graduated in 2007,...

Published:Monday | January 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The youth of Jones Town and nearby communities in south St Andrew have started to benefit from a seven-week series of development and life skills training aimed at increasing economic opportunities and reducing youth involvement in crime and...

Published:Friday | January 14, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

In a deadly twist of fate, two men were fatally shot while allegedly attempting to plunder a worksite at which they were employed in Bull Bay, St Andrew, after running into other co-workers with similar intentions on Tuesday night. The deceased –...

Published:Thursday | January 13, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

The Reverend Canon Peter Mullings has been lauded in death as a stalwart of the Anglican Church for almost six decades, striking a balance as family man and mentor to youths. The 85-year-old cleric passed away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday after visiting...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Evergreen lawmaker and government minister Karl Samuda has slammed critics of the retention of veterans in the Holness Cabinet, arguing that “disrespect” for senior statespersons was born out of ageism. Samuda, the labour and social security...

Published:Wednesday | January 12, 2022 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Footballer Javannie Thompson was warming up on a playing field in his Old Harbour housing scheme on Sunday as he prepared for a community game that day. But after a completing two laps, eyewitnesses watched as he clutched his chest in anguish and...

Published:Saturday | January 8, 2022 | 12:12 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Scotia Group Jamaica Limited officially launched the Scotiabank Women Initiative (SWI) on Friday, in an effort to break down barriers of inequity and marginalisation of women in the business sector. The programme, which began in Canada in 2018 with...

Published:Friday | January 7, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Having been blamed – and even prosecuted – for a number of fish kills in the past and with the State’s environmental watchdog last year saying that Windalco had not been doing enough to protect the Rio Cobre, the St Catherine-based company on...

Published:Friday | January 7, 2022 | 12:05 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Richard Nattoo, 28, a visual artist native to Spanish Town, St Catherine, has always been fascinated by different textures, colours, and a variety of other artistic and creative techniques throughout his youth. “It’s always been there,” he said of...

Published:Thursday | January 6, 2022 | 12:12 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

As schools received the green light to reopen for face-to-face learning on Monday, Romario Sterling, policy chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party’s Generation 2000 (G2K) young professional affiliates’ group, is advocating for the inclusion of...

Published:Thursday | January 6, 2022 | 12:11 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

James Moss-Solomon, whose death on Tuesday shocked Jamaicans and drew encomiums for his contributions to national development, was not only revered as an influential businessman and patriot. He was also a “consummate musician” with the “ear of a...

Published:Wednesday | January 5, 2022 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

James Moss-Solomon, the private sector and trade advocate whose voice commanded attention in the realms of business and politics but who charmed common folk, died on Tuesday morning at hospital. The manufacturing and philanthropic stalwart was 70...

Published:Friday | December 31, 2021 | 12:08 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Iris Coley today celebrates a remarkable milestone, having survived 100 years – a feat she credits to placing God at the centre of her life, thankful that He has guided her through many of life’s challenges. Born on December 31, 1921, the seventh...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Following Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ announcement last Thursday of an impending Cabinet shuffle early in the new year, members of Generation 2000 (G2K) – the Jamaica Labour Party’s young professional affiliates’ group – have backed calls for...

Published:Saturday | December 25, 2021 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Despite a decline in the interest of non-Christians and churchgoers – who are no longer rolling out of bed from as early as 5 a.m. to scurry to church at 6 a.m. for Christmas morning services to commemorate Jesus' birth – church leaders are hoping...

Published:Friday | December 24, 2021 | 12:13 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Deviating from the traditional expressions of Christmas stories, author Valrie Kemp-Davis has collaborated with illustrator Richard Natto to birth an interactive and culturally inspired children’s book to not only bring holiday cheer but to...

Published:Friday | December 24, 2021 | 12:06 AMAsha Wilks/Gleaner Writer

Unnoticed amid the hilly terrain of rural St Catherine are the cries of the administrators and students of Glengoffe High School, whose Christmas wish is for a new playing field and a fully equipped gymnasium to foster the growth and potential of...

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