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Published:Friday | November 27, 2020 | 12:06 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Although he is blind, Dwayne Walker had set his sights on his future wife since she was 10 years old and doggedly pursued her until she, too, felt the love connection and married him last year. Like 34-year-old Dwayne, Staniece Taylor, now 31, is...

Published:Thursday | November 26, 2020 | 12:08 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Social distancing was a daily reality for persons with disabilities (PWDs) in rural Jamaica long before COVID-19, as wheelchair users, in particular, reported often being extorted by route taxi operators who require them to pay more than triple the...

Published:Wednesday | November 25, 2020 | 12:09 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Failing to secure employment on completion of his first degree in 2012, blind University of the West Indies (UWI) graduate Shavane Daley decided to conduct an experiment that has convinced him that his disability has made him unemployable in the...

Published:Monday | November 23, 2020 | 12:13 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

COVID-19 has accelerated the trend towards online church services, but while happy that their reach has, in some instances, tripled since the pandemic, faith leaders are concerned that the current reliance on virtual worship might make in-person...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2020 | 12:19 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

As England’s healthcare sector buckles under the weight of mounting coronavirus cases amid lockdowns, Jamaica-born Nichole McIntosh is battle-ready to tackle her job as the regional head of nursing at Health Education England (HEE).

Published:Monday | November 16, 2020 | 12:14 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Declaring that the Church was made for crises such as the coronavirus outbreak, pentecostal pastor the Rev George King charged Christian believers on Sunday to seize opportunities to be a light dispelling the darkness in their communities. “Your...

Published:Saturday | November 14, 2020 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Both the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have launched investigations into reports of persons being turned away from police stations during curfew hours. The investigations were initiated...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2020 | 12:16 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

A promise by pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to start distribution of its vaccine in the United States by December 2020 could be hampered because no country has the capacity to store the vaccine, the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) has said....

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:17 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

A down payment has already been made for Jamaica to access the coronavirus vaccine for a sliver of the population once it becomes available, but failure to immunise a significant number of nationals is unlikely to eliminate COVID-19 in the north...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:08 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The months following Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek’s announcement that he had pancreatic cancer were tough for Jamaica-born Terry Gayle, who was an audience coordinator for the popular game show, as scores of persons came wanting to offer him help....

Published:Monday | November 9, 2020 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

At 103, Jamaica’s first female resident magistrate, Ena Collymore-Woodstock, keeps herself busy doing exercises via Zoom. She is not one to keep still. During her very active legal career, she broke several glass ceilings as she ventured into...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2020 | 12:09 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The recent overturning of a ruling by a disciplinary tribunal to suspend a senior administrator at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) for sexual harassment has triggered a call for the swift passage of legislation to protect workers from abuse...

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2020 | 12:13 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

While there are concerns about online learning from different sectors, the opportunity to attend classes, even while hospitalised, has been a welcome one for children with chronic medical conditions such as those diagnosed with cancer. Paediatric...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:09 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Nineteen months after a landmark court ruling doomed the Holness administration’s showpiece universal identity system, mounting research presents a compelling case that too many Jamaicans are untracked and underserved, a local think tank has said....

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:18 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

The low pressure system responsible for the unstable weather conditions across the island over the last few days could develop into a tropical storm or depression by Sunday. This is according to the Meteorological Service, Jamaica, which yesterday...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:18 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Staff at the Mustard Seed Community-operated Jerusalem Children’s Village in St Catherine have been placed under home quarantine after 16 employees and 20 residents tested positive for COVID-19. The St Catherine Health Department started...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 2:15 PMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Caribbean youth have forged an alliance to produce a road map for adolescent and youth health, which they hope will form the basis for national development plans going forward. The road map addresses a variety of issues, including mental health,...

Published:Wednesday | October 21, 2020 | 12:09 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Baptist minister the Reverend Karl Johnson sees the bestowing of national honours and awards on seven pastors on Monday as a signal that the Church is still relevant and continues to do good work despite its shortcomings. Johnson, the general...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2020 | 12:16 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Newly elected president of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ), Michael Leckie, said that a number of small businesses are currently struggling to survive, but he feels a willingness to embrace digital technology could help them in the...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2020 | 12:18 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Jamaicans are urged not to create an environment in which youth are stigmatised because they have been identified as the age group with the highest number of COVID-19 cases. Founder of the Balaclavia Youth Club, Jordan Dressikie, expressed his...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2020 | 12:16 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

As Jamaica prepares to start offering antigen testing for COVID-19 in the coming days, director of the Pan America Health Organisation (PAHO), Dr Carissa Etienne, has issued a stern warning that the distribution of these tests should not be...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2020 | 12:08 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

Fearful of contracting COVID-19 due to their high risk of severe illness or death, many of the island’s senior citizens have been cancelling doctor’s visits and other healthcare appointments in order to remain in the safety of their homes, even as...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:15 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

For years, Lisa had tended to patients as a nurse, but in 2017, she found herself in need of care after her husband of more than 10 years stabbed her three times in the chest and shot her in her back in a fit of rage. Lisa, 38, said she knew her...

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2020 | 12:05 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

As a medical doctor, Roselyn Brown Fuller tries to meet the needs of her demanding profession while raising twin sons, who both recently copped scholarships to attend the top secondary school in Jamaica. “I am not only a doctor; I am a mother, I...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2020 | 12:20 AMNadine Wilson-Harris/Staff Reporter

A quadrupling of reports of alcohol excesses in the last four months has raised concerns among substance-abuse experts that stress and anxiety caused by COVID-19 may be driving more people to the bottle. Executive director of the National Council...

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