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Stories by Nadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Published:Thursday | April 15, 2021 | 12:17 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Although happy that more than 75,000 Jamaicans took their first COVID-19 jab in the recent five-day vaccination blitz, Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) President Patsy Edwards Henry said that the nurses across the island are now exhausted and...

Published:Wednesday | April 14, 2021 | 5:46 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The cute heart-shape birthmark Jabari Osborne was born with has since mushroomed into a lump on his face that has attracted snide remarks from adults, and unpleasant stares and verbal and physical attacks from bullies. The 10-year-old no longer...

Published:Tuesday | April 13, 2021 | 12:20 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Concerned that the latest batch of COVID-19 vaccines shipped to Jamaica expires today, 20-year-old Hallie Fletcher was not daunted by the large turnout that greeted her at the Twickenham Park Open Bible Church in St Catherine on Monday. The...

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:20 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The Reverend Canon Garth Minott, the single nominee put to the vote as the new Suffragan Bishop of Kingston, has failed to secure the required support of the Anglican Church in Jamaica. Archbishop of the West Indies and Bishop of Jamaica and The...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:26 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s chief state agency tasked with the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines has been bombarded by fraudsters seeking to cash in on the global hunger for the jab. The revelation by Howard Mitchell, chairman of the National Health Fund, is a stark...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:22 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The joint select committee of Parliament currently reviewing the sexual harassment bill has agreed that board members be held accountable in the proposed legislation, even though they technically are not employees of the organisations they serve....

Published:Monday | April 5, 2021 | 5:20 PMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Fourteen-year-old, Lamekia Lamont, is happy to be re-united with her biological mother, but there is trouble on the horizon, as the young teen is set to be the fulcrum of a battle between that mother and her adoptive parents. The hope is, what is...

Published:Wednesday | March 31, 2021 | 12:24 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Camille Blair said she cried daily to be reunited with her now 13-year-old daughter Lamekia Lamont, whom she had entrusted to Obadiah and Millicent Lamont’s care when she was a young, poor mother. But when she learnt that her fifth child wanted to...

Published:Tuesday | March 30, 2021 | 1:06 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison has blamed both relatives and law-enforcement officials for delaying the filing of missing person reports because of prevailing ignorance that the conventional 24-hour benchmark no longer exists. That...

Published:Tuesday | March 30, 2021 | 1:05 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Prior to the pandemic, pharmacist Dr Ernestine Watson said it would take months to sell three oximeters, but now it’s taking a week to sell 10 of the devices that measure blood-oxygen levels. “Almost every day we are having requests for oximeters...

Published:Monday | March 29, 2021 | 12:17 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

“So mi get it already?” 90-year-old Joyce Washington asked. Although she had got the COVID-19 vaccine five minutes earlier and had a Band-Aid at the spot where she received the jab, the retired educator had no recollection of the experience which...

Published:Wednesday | March 24, 2021 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The online portal to schedule appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine was bombarded with 128,000 hits on the first day, while more than 4,000 calls were fielded as Jamaicans sought to register for the jab. The portal was opened to the public at 10 a....

Published:Wednesday | March 24, 2021 | 12:13 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Paul Copeland has done five COVID-19 tests in the last year as part of preparations to remove a hernia at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital, but he has been left disappointed by postponements at every appointment. The last time was two weeks ago when the...

Published:Saturday | March 20, 2021 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Haunted by memories of her three-year-old daughter’s near-death experience from failing to get the diphtheria vaccine, Rastafarian Yvonne Hope intends to depart from the anti-vaccination stance of her religious community. The Rastafarian veteran...

Published:Thursday | March 11, 2021 | 12:22 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

After experiencing prolonged flulike symptoms, Michael Woods took the plunge and went to his family doctor to get checked out. The last thing the now 58-year-old photographer expected to hear, after several assessments, was that he had colorectal...

Published:Friday | March 5, 2021 | 12:09 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

While efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, including a focus on securing vaccines, have overshadowed the local fight against the human papillomavirus (HPV), gynaecological oncologist Dr Ian Bambury believes that the waning interest in shots to...

Published:Thursday | March 4, 2021 | 12:14 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Stubborn resistance by mourners to the coronavirus law has forced some churches to refuse to officiate funerals, causing clergymen to even summon the police to defuse clashes that threaten to get physical. Religious leaders are being pressured,...

Published:Monday | March 1, 2021 | 12:18 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

A global index commissioned by Nestlé has found that parents are facing intense pressure because of loneliness and social shaming, but a local family-life expert believes that Jamaican mothers have been largely insulated from the trend. The survey...

Published:Monday | March 1, 2021 | 12:17 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Sargassum has been a significant threat for fishing and tourism interests in the region, but a group of researchers at The University of West Indies, Mona, have found that the notorious seaweed has economic potential despite some negative...

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2021 | 12:16 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Residents of Passagefort in Portmore, St Catherine, have been wearing masks long before COVID-19 hit Jamaica as the proposed location for a climate-change park across from their community has been a dust nuisance for the last 40 years. The 15-acre...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2021 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

From the $15,000 Shantal McDonald makes every two weeks as an office attendant, she purchases grocery, pays utility bills, and finances her daily commute, but the 28-year-old certified chef said she is still happy to have a job in the midst of a...

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2021 | 5:07 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The Government has failed to enlist the voice and muscle of the Church in amassing support for the proposed COVID-19 vaccination campaign, buy-in that could be crucial if the country aims to achieve herd immunity. Heads of local church groups,...

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2021 | 12:27 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Being the eldest of nine children has prepared Cori Gordon to be a natural leader who today manages more than 50 staffers through the Amazon-affiliated company she started just nine months ago. Gordon, 28, migrated from Jamaica in 2013 and is...

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2021 | 12:26 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Janeil Weir is one of the few females in the coding programme being offered through the HEART/NSTA Trust by the Amber Group Limited, and the 21-year-old is determined to do her best given the prospects of securing a full-time job in the industry...

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2021 | 1:17 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Mikayle Morrison took to drawing to ease the depression that set in after she migrated to Florida at just 10 years old, so even she is surprised that two of her pieces have already made their way into a major art gallery in Fort Lauderdale....

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