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Published:Sunday | October 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

After experiencing sexual abuse and poverty, becoming pregnant at 17 seemed like a death sentence for Lisa Brown*."I took a pregnancy test which came out positive. It felt like it was the end of the world for me," said Lisa, who is now a second-year...

Published:Tuesday | October 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

President of the National Secondary Students' Council (NSSC), Antonette Dennis, is calling on school administrators to review their disciplinary practices following the five-day suspension of a group of students from the St Catherine High School for...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

A group of students at the St Catherine High School have been suspended following their participation in a raunchy social media challenge, which encourages participants to verbalise the extent that they would go for sexual pleasure.The challenge has...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

She has been advised by her doctor to do chemotherapy, but Charmaine Williams has decided instead to change her diet in a bid to reverse breast cancer.Charmaine is among a growing number of persons who are using food to heal their body after being...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

The last thing Janette Kaloo expected to deal with when she was diagnosed with breast cancer was the cold treatment meted out to her by the medical practitioners she interfaced with during what she described as her struggle to save her life."I don't...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

The value of the complementary medicine industry is growing annually and so, too, are the offerings for those who want to fight debilitating diseases like breast cancer.From using herbs and potions to artificial intelligence, Jamaica is not short of...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

Come 2018, Jamaicans should be one step closer to finding out how many persons have been diagnosed with cancer as the National Cancer Registry (NCR) is expected to produce its first report that year.Director of Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

At least two senior medical practitioners have lamented the absence of a national screening programme that could bolster the fight against breast and other cancers.Among those who have expressed concerns is senior medical officer at the Kingston...

Published:Monday | October 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

The outsourcing of medical tests and improvements at the National Public Health Laboratories and other regional laboratories are among efforts the Ministry of Health said it is taking to improve the turnaround time for medical results needed by...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

The chronic shortage of qualified engineers in Jamaica could soon be a thing of the past as three of the island's leading universities have forged a partnership which will see them training at least 1,000 annually.Speaking with Gleaner reporters...

Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

Concerned about the number of Jamaicans being deported from the United States annually, one forensic social worker, an immigration attorney and a convict have joined forces to create a handbook intended to help Jamaicans looking for greener pastures...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

The development of a transport hub on undeveloped land across from the Portmore Town Centre in St Catherine has received the support of both major political parties, but residents of the nearby Passagefort communitya re fuming that this is even being...

Published:Sunday | September 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

The Ministry of Health will be spending more than $100 million to roll out a national immunisation programme targeted at grade-seven girls as it ramps up its efforts to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer, which claims almost 200 lives annually....

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

With many of Jamaica's battered women unable to find a safe haven, the non-government organisation Women's Inc is close to offering a lifeline.The country's only official shelter for battered women, which was operated by Women's Inc, is scheduled to...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

More than 90 per cent of deaf students in Jamaica are performing below their expected academic level, but that is expected to change with the recent launch of a literacy-enhancement project for the deaf.State minister in the Ministry of Education,...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

She knew her 13-year-old daughter was being bullied at school and had met with administrators begging them to intervene, but she never expected that it would lead to her watching helplessly as 57 pills were pumped from the stomach of her only child...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

With bullying becoming pervasive and seemingly normalised in Jamaica, the Child Development Agency (CDA) decided in 2015 to conduct a study looking at the issue.The study, which investigated the prevalence and impact of peer abuse (bullying) on the...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

Beating a child (corporal punishment) is considered a necessity by some Jamaican parents, but immigration attorney Joan Pinnock is warning that Jamaicans migrating to the United States will have to learn how to spare the rod, as this is one of the...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

CEO of the Jamaica National Agency for Accreditation (JANAAC), Sharonmae Shirley, is expressing concern about the number of medical laboratories operating across the island without being accredited.But the Ministry of Health is displaying no such...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

After four years of motivating children across Jamaica, robotic superhero Captain I CAN says he is now hard-pressed to continue his mission of spreading positive messages because of his inability to find the money.Captain I CAN is an eight-foot,...

Published:Sunday | August 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

New head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) Superintendent Charmine Shand is warning paedophiles across the island that she is coming for them.More than half the almost 600 cases reported to the (CISOCA)...

Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

With several early-childhood institutions (ECIs) still unable to meet all the guidelines to be certified, Jamaicans are being urged to choose wisely when registering their young children for the new school year.Only 61 of the country's more than 2,...

Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

With the planned merger of the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) slated to be implemented by October, two of Jamaica's leading voices for children's rights remain concerned about the possible implications...

Published:Sunday | August 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

Unlike the animals he tends to at the Hope Zoo in Mona, St Andrew, 14-year-old Kkristoffe Campbell doesn't want to spend any time being locked up.The Kingston College student is one of several youth deemed "at-risk" now benefiting from a Boys of...

Published:Sunday | August 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMNadine Wilson-Harris

There are concerns that many young Jamaicans are being forced to live precariously and are demotivated in the workplace because of their inability to secure permanent employment.This is one of several issues the Jamaica Civil Society Coalition (JCSC...

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