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Published:Sunday | January 17, 2021 | 12:14 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Unauthorised medical practitioners exploiting demand for COVID-19 tests locally have apparently expanded their reach into the favoured polymerase chain reaction (PCR) market, asking no verification of identity from patients, many of whom are...

Published:Sunday | January 10, 2021 | 12:17 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Hundreds of Jamaicans are reportedly turning to unauthorised COVID-19 laboratories and makeshift facilities for antigen (rapid) tests, as Government’s insufficiency is being blamed for a rising underground market with questionable ethical practices...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2021 | 12:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Thirty-three-year-old Robert Martin had one major wish for the new year, and that was to finish work on his motor car that has been parked outside his home gathering dust for several months. So committed was he to the goal that late last...

Published:Sunday | December 27, 2020 | 12:13 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Grounded by COVID-19 flight restrictions, at least 800,000 Jamaicans have turned to online shopping since September to purchase and import personal items into the island. That’s a rough estimate by three of the more noted e-courier services, said...

Published:Sunday | November 22, 2020 | 8:23 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Their houses may be drenched in mud with silt hanging from door curtains and hinges, but residents of hard-hit Weise Road in Bull Bay are proud to call the flood-prone riverbank home, defiant even as contractors, engineers, and a decorated...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 12:16 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

‘Stand-up Hill’, the section of the Gordon Town main road destroyed by recent landslides in St Andrew, has been turned into a transportation hub where hundreds of residents for the past week have been staring down a 263-foot death drop on their way...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2020 | 12:16 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Heavy-duty equipment used to clear and rehabilitate roads blocked and damaged by islandwide flooding and landslides is costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by the hour. And while local contractors operating or renting the equipment...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:24 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Workers and contractors of the National Works Agency (NWA) were busy yesterday trying to clear an “unusual” landslide which blocked the Gordon Town main road, leaving hundreds of rural St Andrew residents stranded. Stephen Shaw, communications...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:21 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out a significant portion of the jobs created under the country’s recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) programmes, threatening a devastating recession as businesses shutter their doors islandwide. Still,...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2020 | 12:19 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans were sent into a frenzy in March as news spread of the island’s first confirmed case of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19. Nine months later, however, there are indications that the virus that has claimed the lives of at least 218...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:15 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Three hours of heavy rainfall. That is all it takes for floodwaters to come rushing over a concrete bulwark and into Letna Clarke’s home by the buckets. This is how it has been for the last decade as poor drainage on a section of the Bull Bay main...

Published:Sunday | November 1, 2020 | 12:14 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Three months ago, Shelly Ann Brown* gave birth to her second daughter. For the young mother, the meagre stipend that her call centre job provides towards working-from- home expenses is just not adding up. Her $5,000 monthly allowance, however, is...

Published:Sunday | October 25, 2020 | 12:21 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

While Mark Golding and his campaign director, Dr Angela Brown Burke, were busy ramping up delegate support for the upcoming People’s National Party (PNP) presidential election last week, their constituents – some old and destitute – were occupied...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:18 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Eight months ago, a dozen vendors blanketed the perimeter fence of the Yallahs Primary School in St Thomas, their colourful stalls feeding both their families and the energetic students behind the chain links. Today, however, Millicent Davis is the...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2020 | 12:17 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

As the country’s economy tightens under the crunch of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, women continue to shoulder much of the growing burdens of Jamaican households, despite being stricken hardest by the disease. Up to yesterday, 4,494...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2020 | 12:14 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The nightly curfew introduced as a COVID-19 containment measure has catalysed a lull in serious crimes, but there are still criminals lurking in the dark, testing law enforcement officers’ patience, and adding more chaos to the lives of Jamaicans...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2020 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Of the 225 students placed in first form at the Holy Trinity High School in Kingston this year, only 160 have so far registered for online classes. Even more startling is the fact that only a meagre 60 students turned out for online orientation...

Published:Sunday | October 4, 2020 | 12:14 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Ten-year-old Jayden Blair sat in a corner of his humble shipping container home in St Elizabeth, listening intently beyond the squeaks and static that sometimes accompanied his teacher’s voice during online classes last Tuesday. Lurching forward...

Published:Sunday | September 27, 2020 | 12:15 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Kara Edwards sat outside her New Kingston apartment leafing through a photo album of her late mother, Juliet Wilson, vice-principal of Kingston College (KC) and one of at least 88 Jamaicans who lost their lives to COVID-19. With every turn and...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:13 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

It will take at least another two weeks for the police to complete investigations and present a case to the director of public prosecutions (DPP) into last month’s surprise birthday party for sprint legend Usain Bolt that reportedly breached COVID-...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2020 | 12:09 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

It’s one of the most frightful concerns for many Jamaicans at the moment. With infection numbers soaring over the past month, the COVID-19 pandemic has entered a new dimension locally, health officials announcing that the country has entered the...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2020 | 12:23 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

As the Government prepares to announce stricter public restrictions to curtail the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) tomorrow, concerns over whether Prime Minister Andrew Holness erred in having the general election last Thursday –...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2020 | 1:13 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Persons who are confirmed to be COVID-19 positive may not be allowed to vote in the September 3 general election, according to a draft document to go before Cabinet tomorrow. The revelation came yesterday in a recommendation document from the...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2020 | 1:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Police, soldiers, and election day workers are slated to cast their votes tomorrow in this year’s general election, but if one academician’s political forecast is correct, the security forces can expect a continuation of long working hours and cold...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2020 | 12:00 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

As the island grapples with holding a general election in the throes of a deadly pandemic, a leading constitutional lawyer has suggested that the Government may have to make special provisions for citizens suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19, as by...

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