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Stories by Carlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Published:Sunday | December 1, 2019 | 6:54 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

For the first time in five years, it would appear that Jamaicans are getting the message that physical violence towards a child, or beating, is not the best method of enforcing discipline. According to UNICEF Jamaica, eight out of 10 children in...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:17 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans have been warming up to the idea of seeing their doctors online. Marketed as cheaper, more convenient and the way forward, even the elderly are welcoming of the increased interest raised in telemedicine. Telemedicine is simply diagnosing...

Published:Sunday | November 3, 2019 | 12:17 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Incest, or ‘family ram’, is an issue that persons still dare not talk about openly in Jamaica and it is for this reason that the most vulnerable appear to not be receiving the help they deserve, experts say. The Sexual Offences Act states that...

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 5:43 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

It’s been months since residents in St James and Kingston and St Andrew have had to contend with the smoke nuisance and health concerns that normally occur when dumps are on fire, and Audley Gordon, executive director of the National Solid Waste...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:28 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

When the conversation surrounding medical tourism in Jamaica is again being had, it wouldn’t hurt to promote or add cosmetic surgery to that list. That’s according to weight loss, laparoscopic, and general surgeon, Dr Alfred Dawes. Medical tourism...

Published:Sunday | October 6, 2019 | 12:28 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Despite the fact that they can be imprisoned for non-payment of child maintenance fees, nearly 5,000 fathers are being taken to court by Jamaican women for child maintenance every year. While mothers complain bitterly, Justice Minister Delroy...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:33 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

The idea and practice of vote buying is nothing new to the political landscape in Jamaica, but former director of elections, Orette Fisher, said the practice has got worst over the years. “I don’t think vote buying has morphed, I think it has...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:31 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Errol Rickman has been fascinated with the universe since he was a little boy, and now at age 85 years, he still has the same joy looking through his telescope. “From I was a little boy, I have always had an interest in astronomy and my first...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:28 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Althea Francis* has been stealthed. At 31 years old, she recounted the experience that could have ruined her dreams of getting a college education. Stealthing is the practice of a man removing or damaging the condom during sexual intercourse...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:27 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

An increasing number of men are engaging in dangerous sex practices, threatening their health and that of their partners, by removing the condom during intercourse without the other person’s consent. This also includes men who are clients of sex...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:36 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Advancements in medical technology, the influence of social media, and a desire to look and feel good are igniting the burgeoning local cosmetic surgery industry. It is now possible to enhance any area of your body. Once you have the money, there’s...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:35 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Two hundred and forty Jamaicans attempted suicide in 2018, but experts are of the view that this number could be higher, as this is an area that is heavily under-reported. According to the Economic and Social Survey, these 240 patients were seen in...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:23 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

As the ‘rent a womb industry’ increases in popularity across Jamaica, concerns are being raised about the importance of legislation to, among other things, protect vulnerable women from being exploited. Since The Sunday Gleaner highlighted the...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:45 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Family, friends, politicians, and members of the media fraternity gathered at the Good Tidings Mennonite Church in St Andrew yesterday for the thanksgiving service for the life of journalist Anthony O’Neil Young. Popularly called ‘TY’, he was...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:32 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Michael ‘Hello’ Curnaldy and Brendon Clarke are two of many Jamaicans who enjoy the freedom of not being ‘tied down’ by the formal working system. Curnaldy, at 30 years old, has been selling patties and drinks in downtown Kingston for the past six...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 1:24 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

An increasing number of Jamaican men, including teenagers, are forking out hundreds of thousands of dollars to do breast-reduction surgeries, according to reports from some of the island’s leading plastic surgeons...

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:22 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Angela Bernard’s 11-year-old son, Joseph*, has had surgery for gynaecomastia, and it is something she recommends to parents who are having a similar issue with their boys. Gynaecomastia is a condition that causes unusually enlarged breasts in men...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:27 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Several medical laboratories across Jamaica are busy ensuring that they take the necessary steps to get accredited, as they are now losing money because of customers’ refusal to do business with them. On June 16, The Sunday Gleaner, in an article...

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:39 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

The United States, Canada, Ukraine and Russia head the list of countries across the world tapping into the growing surrogacy industry, with surrogacy tourism now becoming widescale. Even as the practice grows, laws and cost vary from country to...

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:39 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Surrogacy has become a big moneymaking business all across the world, raking in millions for some countries, and Jamaica is not to be left out. Hundreds of Jamaican women are now tapping into the ‘rent a womb industry’, advertising their...

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:31 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is once again urging members of the public to report missing persons immediately, dismissing the claim that persons have to wait 24 hours before doing so. “We have repeatedly said this, and internally we have...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:41 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Thirteen ministers of religion will officiate at today’s funeral of late statesman Edward Seaga, including a Revivalist pastor affiliated with a brand of Afrocentric Christian worship much respected and cherished by the late former prime minister...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:41 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Increasing reports of adverse test results have sparked alarm from the watchdog of Jamaica’s medical laboratories, with growing concern over a ballooning crisis as only five of more than a hundred lab companies are accredited to practise. Though...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:34 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Patients with lighter complexions are treated with more favour than those with darker hues when seeking medical attention in public hospitals and clinics, anecdotal reports by doctors show, raising concerns that the health of Jamaica’s black...

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:37 AMCarlene Davis - Gleaner Writer

Parents of hundreds of babies born in 2018 are in the dark over whether their children have the sickle-cell trait or the full-blown disease because public hospitals were hobbled by inadequate supplies to test for the blood disease, which can cause...

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