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Stories by Nadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Four years after one local lab alerted the nation to the presence of mycoplasma genitalium, a fairly new sexually transmitted infection (STI), Jamaicans seem to be taking very little precaution in preventing the infection of this and other STIs....

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:36 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Members of the banking sector and the police have joined forces to fight electronic and other types of fraud, which has resulted in financial institutions losing more than $750 million last year. In a Sunday Gleaner exposé in May, the Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The fear of being diagnosed with cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has triggered a shift in life insurance buying habits among Jamaicans, resulting in 25 per cent of new policies bought over the last three years falling in the...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:11 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Jamaica lost in excess of J$12 billion to cybercrime in 2016 alone, and, given evidence that Eastern European hackers are among those cashing in on this lucrative industry, Director of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency Colonel...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:21 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

With the Atlantic hurricane season now in full swing, Canadian high commissioner to Jamaica, Laurie Peters, assures that her country is fully prepared to offer assistance to Jamaica and its neighbours in the event of a natural disaster. A Canadian...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:33 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Stephanie Hall* was completely taken aback when she was asked by the male representative at her health insurance company to state the last time she saw her period when she sought to clarify her maternity benefits. Hall said that she and her husband...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:28 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Former political ombudsman and founder of the Deliverance Evangelistic Association Inc, Bishop Herro Blair, has credited the late Edward Seaga for helping to reposition non-traditional churches in Jamaica from the margins to the centre of religious...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:36 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The chief executive officers of two Jamaican public hospitals have launched independent probes to ascertain why a mother and her two teenage daughters were turned away from one hospital and denied attention for hours at another after being brutally...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:35 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The Independent Commission of Investigations ((INDECOM) has disclosed that the improper use of pepper spray by the police has become a more frequent complaint by citizens, with an estimated five such reports reaching them each month. Assistant...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Twelve-year-old Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired student Samantha Jakes* will have nowhere to live this summer if the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) does not find somewhere for her. Her school’s...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

With several studies showing that pregnant women locally are often subjected to domestic violence, members of the Civil Society Collaborative Forum (CSCF) would like for expectant mothers to be screened for gender-based violence when they attend...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:28 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Jamaicans who are functionally illiterate could soon have a better chance of securing a driver’s licence, as the Island Traffic Authority (ITA) has been petitioned to modify the examination that is used to measure road-safety knowledge. This...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:27 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn and members of her office have cited the ambivalence of bankers for the State’s failure to secure more convictions amid a wide-ranging fraud racket targeting financial institutions. Commercial banks...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:44 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The Jamaican law-enforcement and justice systems appear incapable of clamping down on wide-scale fraud that caused domestic banks and other financial institutions to haemorrhage $750 million last year, a Sunday Gleaner investigation has unveiled....

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:44 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s commercial banks and businesses have been rocked by a swirling cheque fraud racket in which criminals rent accounts from customers and execute transactions. According to fraud prevention expert for the Jamaica Bankers’ Association, Lloyd...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:45 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s chief child welfare organisation estimates that fewer than 40 per cent of parents maintain a relationship with their offspring in state care, and 29-year-old Shellian Somans is among them. The mother of five has won the admiration of...

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:26 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s youth unemployment rate reached an all-time low of 21.8 per cent in January 2019, but president of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), O’Neil Grant, is concerned that a large number of young employees are living on the edge because...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:39 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Jamaicans would have their electricity bills slashed by as much as 18 per cent if the company were to eliminate power theft, president and chief executive officer of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Emanuel DaRosa, has revealed. The light...

Published:Sunday | April 14, 2019 | 12:35 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

In a bid to cut costs and drive more business, rogue operators in the competitive funeral home industry have resorted to hiring taxis and other unorthodox vehicles to transport bodies. The bizarre practice has raised concerns about the spectre of...

Published:Sunday | April 7, 2019 | 12:24 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Five of the 116 people who have tested positive for influenza A (H1N1) in less than four months have died, but with only 35 per cent of the vaccines dispatched locally to fight the deadly flu, thousands might be discarded later this year, as...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:25 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Although Jamaica is considered an emerging hotspot for animation, industry experts lament that there are too many structural hurdles hobbling the sector’s profitability. Award-winning animator and head of ListenMi Caribbean Kenia Mattis says that...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:25 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Years after graduating from university, some dental hygienists have failed to secure jobs in their field because they are shut out of the public-health sector. The refusal to employ dental hygienists in the public sector is disheartening, said...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:24 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

A peace garden established at Holy Family Primary School in downtown Kingston last year has been a welcome reprieve for the more than 700 students at the institution who are exposed to acts of violence. The peace garden was financed by...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:21 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

An alarming shortage of registered dentists in Jamaica has led to a surge in botched services as patients pay a heavy toll chasing after dirt-cheap options. The horror cases have local dentists worried amid a refusal by clients to heed warnings....

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:35 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The banning from priestly ministry of former Bishop of Mandeville Gordon Bennett for sexual harassment has come as a shocker for the local Catholic Church, but Archbishop Emeritus of Kingston, the Reverend Charles Dufour, has questioned whether ill...

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