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Stories by Nadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Published:Tuesday | May 18, 2021 | 12:11 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

A group of teenage boys who recently expressed a desire to represent Jamaica in the Olympics will be given an opportunity to train as divers for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France. The boys, who live in Port Royal in East Kingston, have been...

Published:Monday | May 17, 2021 | 12:11 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Canadian resident Garfield Patterson says that for the past five months, someone has been using his picture on a Facebook page they created and has been targeting his friends for money and asking for his personal contact information. Patterson,...

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

A few months ago, Ramunn Hanson was selling, on average, 80 bags of broiler crumble over three days from his small container in Kitson Town, St Catherine. However, on Thursday as he counted the 26 bags that still remained after last week’s purchase...

Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2021 | 12:39 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The news that 120,000 students are missing was not shocking but it was painful to hear. Even more painful for the future of the country is what the Jamaica Teachers' Association President Jasford Gabriel had to say about the revelation...

Published:Tuesday | May 11, 2021 | 12:14 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

In his first public comment on the controversial endorsement of vigilante justice by Senator Lambert Brown, Opposition Leader Mark Golding has rejected that declaration but sought diplomatic cover by saying the People’s National Party (PNP)-aligned...

Published:Thursday | May 6, 2021 | 12:29 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Jamaica Teachers’ Association President Jasford Gabriel estimates that it will take between two and three years to reverse most of the learning loss since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, following the disclosure that 120,000 students have been...

Published:Monday | May 3, 2021 | 12:18 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

An intended ice cream break for Veronique Pitter and her autistic son, five-year-old Aiden Watt, proved to be a devastating reminder of the battles the mother fights daily to provide her child with a normal life. Feeling overwhelmed and sleep...

Published:Monday | May 3, 2021 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Having to tackle the rough seas from as early as four years old has ignited a spirit of camaraderie among a group of teenage social-media influencers from Port Royal, who have achieved the status of being pro gamers and are eager to make a splash...

Published:Thursday | April 29, 2021 | 12:25 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Caribbean people have been warned to guard against becoming victims of advance fee fraud and Ponzi schemes amid an increase in electronic commerce during the coronavirus pandemic. Displacement caused by COVID-19 has increased reliance on online...

Published:Wednesday | April 28, 2021 | 12:24 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Catholics are accustomed to anointing the dying with oil and performing the sacrament of the sick for the gravely ill, but tradition has taken a back seat to precaution as hospitals have curtailed visits. Priests, like all non-medical personnel,...

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2021 | 12:21 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

As the global shortage of COVID-19 vaccines worsens, chairman of the National Health Fund (NHF), Howard Mitchell, has disclosed that the 55,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine expected from the COVAX Facility later this week will be...

Published:Tuesday | April 20, 2021 | 12:14 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Anne Chin-Teape and Leslie Teape were scheduled to get their second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot in May, but that dream will forever be deferred after the couple, who have been together for more than 50 years, died less than an hour...

Published:Monday | April 19, 2021 | 12:17 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project (SCHIP) is being touted as key to the economic development of St Thomas, but residents of Grants Pen fear it is likely to push their quite seaside community into oblivion. The first phase of the...

Published:Saturday | April 17, 2021 | 12:19 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Some shopkeepers in Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ St Andrew West Central constituency are seething from his comments about COVID-19 safety breaches which have been construed in some quarters as classist. In citing reasons for three consecutive...

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...

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