Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Wednesday | April 29, 2009
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The wheel deal - Disabled man turns wheelchair designer
Nearly 15 years after becoming disabled in a shooting incident, Patrick Rhoden is still determined not to live under the cloud of invalidity. Instead, he has set about repairing and even donating wheelchairs to other physically disabled persons and has continued to be an inspiration to many since being injured.

Grants Pen family hurting from gas riots killing
LAST WEEK, on the 10th anniversary of the infamous gas riots in Jamaica, Prime Minister Bruce Golding braced himself for public outrage at another Government plan to increase fuel prices. For a family in Grants Pen, St Andrew, the event revived tragic memories.

Hundreds of adults and children from Lottery, and surrounding communities in St James recently benefited from three days of free health care, under a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health and the United States military.

New care centre for mentally challenged
The homeless and mentally challenged in Junction and its environs will continue to enjoy a better quality of life at the Care Centre in that St Elizabeth town.

Tax on computers, books stirs anger
The Union of Schools, Agricultural and Allied Workers has condemned the imposition of General Consumption Tax (GCT) on computers, computer parts and accessories, reading materials, some basic foodstuff and other items that are essential for the working poor, which was announced in the Government's recent Budget presentation.

Bee-ware! Spell champ gets into stinging form
The Gleaner's Children's Own Spelling Bee champion, Shari-Jo Miller, of Bishop Gibson High School, got her preparation for next month's Scripps National showdown into gear with a five-day workshop at Breezes Runaway Bay Resort.

Government doubles up on literacy fight
The Ministry of Education, in a drive to have 100 per cent literacy and numeracy at the primary level, is to spend close to half a billion dollars on literacy and numeracy specialists this financial year.

Careers - Make a good impression during your probation
Starting a new job can be a scary process that is filled with mixed emotions. The first three to six months - designated the probationary period - on the job can be a very difficult time for many persons.

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