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Stories by Carlene Davis

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

Damany Hughes, Cristophe Phillips and Kimberly Barnes have quite a few things in common. They are in their 20s, they went to the same high school, they are studying dance at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, and all three...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

A recent study has underscored what many Jamaicans had already suspected, by painting your roof white you could be saving thousands of dollars in electricity cost.The study, done by lecturers from the Engineering Department at the University of...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

When Jermaine Beckford signed up at the A1 Training Institute to get certified as a security guard, he had no idea that when he completed his course his certificate would be useless.But Beckford, like many others who have completed courses at the...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

Becoming a teenage mother was never in the plans for Sashell Hall, but today she is convinced that her now 10-year-old daughter put her on the path to achieve what she has so far achieved in life.When Sashell got pregnant at 15 years old, she was...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

For more than 20 years, Sophia Haye worried about the future of her son who was diagnosed as autistic when he was just over two years old.But Haye is less worried now as her son is now gainfully employed in his dream job as a tailor.When her son,...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

The year 2011 has been the worst one so far in Yasheka Brooks' life. It was the year the then 14-year-old became pregnant while attending high school."Due to peer pressure, I started dating my first boyfriend in grade eight. He was a very popular...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:43 AMCarlene Davis

Several parents who celebrated the success of their children who copped passes in the required number of Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) to gain places in sixth form (grades 12 and 13), are now facing the stark reality of higher...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

A senior lecturer in the University of the West Indies' (UWI) Department of Government is advocating for the introduction of established guidelines for the roles and responsibilities of political leaders in Jamaica."The prime minister and members of...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

The Ministry of Health's efforts to eliminate sweet drinks and other sugary products from schools could be stymied by the scores of vendors outside school gates despite several declaring their support for the plan.For the start of the new school...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

Faced with an average two per cent increase in the price of textbooks this year, several parents are urging schools to stop telling them to buy books which the teachers hardly use, if any at all.According to Sophia McKenzie, while most of the books...

Published:Sunday | September 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

Over several years, the Deokoro Magnet Schools for the Gifted and Talented has helped scores of Jamaican students to pass 12 or more subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

Efforts by some American chicken producers to establish a stronghold in the local market is not going down well with several Jamaicans.Recent advertisements by the United States Poultry and Egg Export Council appealing to Jamaicans to trust America...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

Despite a more than decade-long campaign, just under 26 per cent of the children registered in Jamaica in the first three months of this year did not have the name of a father on their birth certificates.That is in keeping with last year's trend...

Published:Sunday | August 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

Calls to suicide hot lines set up by the Government, are going straight to voice mail, ringing unanswered or going to a pornographic hot line.The latest Social and Economic Survey published by the Planning Institute of Jamaica, has revealed that 263...

Published:Sunday | August 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

Hours before the Office of the Prime Minister issued a release last Friday that the Cabinet had ordered the suspension of the long-standing practice of prohibiting women wearing sleeveless attire from entry into government buildings, a female...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

The recent sentencing of Oshin Morgan to more than four years in prison after she pleaded guilty to trafficking in person charges has underscored the findings of the Situational Analysis of Human Trafficking in Jamaica 2018 study, which found that...

Published:Sunday | August 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

David Bent* died in May without collecting much of the refund he was due from the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), because he was not aware that he would be giving up cash by delaying his application for a pension.Under the law, the NIS is unable to...

Published:Sunday | July 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

News last week that a Brazilian celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon known as 'Dr Bumbum' was arrested over the death of a patient in a botched operation has again put the issue of the risk persons are putting themselves through when they opt for nips...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

The Ministry of Labour issued 18 work permits to plumbers from overseas last year, sparking concerns locally about the ease with which foreigners are being allowed to take jobs from Jamaicans.Eighty electricians, 23 mechanics, and 30 welders were...

Published:Sunday | July 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

It's been five months since 17 people were shot dead, and another 17 injured in one of America's deadliest mass school shootings in recent times. One of the survivors, Samantha Grady, who was shot twice during the incident, still looks for the...

Published:Friday | July 20, 2018 | 11:11 PMCarlene Davis

Fish vendor Elaine Clarke is distraught over the unsanitary conditions at the Rocky Point Fishing Village in Clarendon and wants the authorities to address the matter."Sanitary inspector soon come here, because a food we a deal with and it no good...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

For the family of William Smith Sr, Wednesday, July 11, 2018 is a day they will never forget. That's the day they heard that he had been involved in a serious motor vehicle accident and had been rushed to hospital.Even while he was being treated by...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

Scores of low-skilled Jamaicans could find employment as domestic workers as there is a high demand for persons to work in this area, locally and overseas, and the Ministry of Labour is projecting that the demand will remain high for the next two to...

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMCarlene Davis

The Climate Branch of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica is reporting that five of its 13 stations across Jamaica recorded slight higher temperatured in June 2018 when compared to June 2017, with indications that the heat will get even worse in the...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:54 AMCarlene Davis

  Stiffer penalties await unruly motorists who have adopted the dangerous trend of installing blinding strobe and LED lights of varying colours, to their vehicles. A strobe light produces regular flashes of lights, and is typically seen on law...

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