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Stories by Nadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 12:11 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

With visits to public libraries islandwide being in excess of 2.1 million in the last year, and even more accessing their services offsite, library officials are confident they will continue to remain relevant, despite increasing access to digital...

Published:Sunday | October 20, 2019 | 12:11 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Thirty-two-year-old Fabian Dixon* would love to have children and own his own house one day, but earning less than $1 million annually has shattered, for him, the prospects of these dreams being realised in his near future. The library assistant...

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 5:56 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

When 25 students from one local educational institution were asked to do a random drug test two weeks ago, administrators were a bit surprised to learn that only three were found to not have ganja in their system. Guidance counsellor at the St John...

Published:Sunday | October 13, 2019 | 5:53 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The mostly female staff at the two Catholic schools the Government transformed into time-out facilities last year have credited the success of the programme to the fact that they have a more structured environment and smaller classrooms. The Alpha...

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:31 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

For Marvin Johnson, data speak volumes, and from all indications, the numbers have been pointing in the right direction for the Tivoli Gardens High School, which he took charge of over a year ago. Johnson was appointed acting principal of the West...

Published:Sunday | September 22, 2019 | 12:37 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Solving crime pays, but in order to ensure that they continue to fulfil this promise, Crime Stop Jamaica (CSJ) intends to raise $65 million over the next five years to help fund administrative costs and rewards. With the help of its partners, more...

Published:Sunday | September 15, 2019 | 12:29 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Two Haitians living in Jamaica, who were hoping to join the early hurricane relief efforts in The Bahamas, were left stranded in Florida last week. Immigration officials insisted that they needed a Bahamian visa to enter the country. Emergency...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:35 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

With children under 10 years old among those committing suicide, founder of Choose Life International, Dr Donovan Thomas, is calling on parents to be very vigilant of their children’s social-media usage. Apart from the addiction to social media,...

Published:Sunday | September 8, 2019 | 12:32 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

In the last five years, there have been fewer than 12 kidney transplants done in the country, but with close to 2,000 persons currently on dialysis, kidney specialists are pleading with Jamaicans to consider donating the kidneys of loved ones who...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:31 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Even as the new academic year officially begins tomorrow, the Ministry of Education is still in the process of securing placement for some 100 special-needs students. However, acting permanent secretary in the ministry Dr Grace McLean gives the...

Published:Sunday | September 1, 2019 | 12:22 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

As a business operator, 20-year-old Scottmore Richards is able to give back to his family, but as a volunteer involved in several mentorship programmes, the third-year university student loves the fact that he is also actively giving back to his...

Published:Sunday | August 25, 2019 | 12:28 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Parents of special-needs students who recently graduated from one early childhood institution in Kingston are pleading with the school’s administrator to keep their children, because of challenges they are experiencing in finding suitable placement...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:48 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Former juvenile remandee Dale Dawkins’ ultimate dream is to join the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), which he believes is currently one of the few options in Jamaica for at-risk youths like himself to get out of poverty and make a positive impact on...

Published:Sunday | August 18, 2019 | 12:46 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

For the last five years, guidance counsellor Peter Christie has helped to transform the lives of more than 200 juvenile offenders, and like a proud father, he now gets to watch them make a positive impact on their families and communities....

Published:Sunday | August 11, 2019 | 12:45 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The storage of leftover food by patients at both the Spanish Town and Kingston Public hospitals is being blamed for an ongoing battle administrators of the institutions are facing, as they try to control roach and rat infestation at health...

Published:Sunday | August 4, 2019 | 12:31 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Chairman of the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), Wentworth Charles, has assured that the non-functioning lights in two of the main operating theatres at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) will be installed this month. This assurance...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:37 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

A scarcity of water in the Corporate Area has resulted in the cancellation of surgeries at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) and has left some medical practitioners at the Type A health facility irritated. President of the Jamaica Medical Doctors...

Published:Sunday | July 28, 2019 | 12:36 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Doctors at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) have been working in one of the main operating theatres without proper lighting for the last three years, but the chief administrator of the public health facility insists that the requisite light has...

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:30 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Hundreds of tourists are expected to disembark cruise ships at a port being constructed in Port Royal, Kingston, to explore the historic city, starting next year January. But to date, there is not much evidence in the area of the customary...

Published:Sunday | July 21, 2019 | 12:29 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Although Jamaica is often touted as the land of wood and water, national coordinator of the Jamaica Life Saving Society, Norman Fraser, said the shortage of facilities for persons to learn how to swim has made it difficult for many to qualify to...

Published:Sunday | July 14, 2019 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Four years after one local lab alerted the nation to the presence of mycoplasma genitalium, a fairly new sexually transmitted infection (STI), Jamaicans seem to be taking very little precaution in preventing the infection of this and other STIs....

Published:Sunday | July 7, 2019 | 12:36 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Members of the banking sector and the police have joined forces to fight electronic and other types of fraud, which has resulted in financial institutions losing more than $750 million last year. In a Sunday Gleaner exposé in May, the Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:12 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

The fear of being diagnosed with cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has triggered a shift in life insurance buying habits among Jamaicans, resulting in 25 per cent of new policies bought over the last three years falling in the...

Published:Sunday | June 30, 2019 | 12:11 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

Jamaica lost in excess of J$12 billion to cybercrime in 2016 alone, and, given evidence that Eastern European hackers are among those cashing in on this lucrative industry, Director of the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency Colonel...

Published:Sunday | June 23, 2019 | 12:21 AMNadine Wilson-Harris - Staff Reporter

With the Atlantic hurricane season now in full swing, Canadian high commissioner to Jamaica, Laurie Peters, assures that her country is fully prepared to offer assistance to Jamaica and its neighbours in the event of a natural disaster. A Canadian...

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