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Stories by Erica Virtue

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

With abortions being illegal in Jamaica, there is no official count on the number being done locally each year, and the estimate differs greatly, depending on which side of the divide one falls.For those in favour of legalising abortions, the number...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

"It's cruel. It's inhumane. It's the worst thing a government can ever do to a child whose future it has ruined," said a hurting Yvonne Beckford, grandmother of Tajay Rowe, the boy who suffered brain damage during his birth to his then teenage...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The intersection of Gold and Barry streets in central Kingston came alive yesterday with an exhibition of art and craft showcasing the creativity and talent of children and at-risk youths in the communities in Parade Gardens.The exhibition, which...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Hundreds of residents occupying a property in Westmoreland, which has Kathleen Eugster and her late husband John as the registered title holders, are petitioning the Government through Cabinet member Karl Samuda, to do for them what was done for...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The waves crashed angrily against the rocks separating the road from the sea in Little Bay, Westmoreland, last week, in what residents claimed was its vexation about the efforts to evict them from the property they have lived on for decades.Louise...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Bombarded daily with images of what the 'ideal' young female should look like, some students at the Corporate Area-based Ardenne High School have moved to redefine those stereotypes.The students, with the support of teachers, are riding a wave of...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Itching, breathing difficulty, and allergic-type sinusitis were among the top complaints of staff who got ill at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH), which is currently undergoing significant overhaul and upgrade to eradicate mould, which has been...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Squatters have taken control of a property under the nose of the island's political leaders, despite their repeated declarations to address this epidemic.An undetermined number of families are now living on a government-owned property next to the...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 11:12 PMErica Virtue

Paula McKay, a Jamaican who spent more than 30 years in the United States before returning home, is disappointed by what she believes is the growing disparity between the rich and the poor in Jamaica.McKay, one of several residents who participated...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Residents of Nannyville Gardens are demanding that the Government ensures that the country gets full value for every cent of taxpayers' money spent.They are also urging the Andrew Holness administration to ensure that there is transparency in how...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Eleven hundred Comrades are registered to vote in today's key run-off between Basil Waite and Everton Fisher for the right to represent the People's National Party (PNP) in the St Elizabeth North East constituency.The vacancy has emerged following...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

More than 500 participants are expected at this week's 11th annual Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) small business expo and conference, which is designed to improve the output of entities in the sector.The conference will provide...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Kedesha Campbell, the former personal assistant to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has been appointed to head the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Programme Management Unit, based in the Office of the Prime Minister.Her appointment follows the...

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Facing a growing mountain of debt and seemingly being sidelined from the latest renovation plans, the Ward Theatre Foundation is worried over the future of the historic venue.Vivian Crawford, head of the foundation, recently outlined its precarious...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Tel Aviv is the second most populous city in Israel - after Jerusalem - and it is the financial and technological centre of the country.In Jamaica, 'Tel Aviv' is a small area in central Kingston where poverty reigns; where illiteracy, crime,...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

For a one-time payment of $20,000, Jamaican producers of original works can secure protection for their intellectual property, but many Jamaicans producers and designers are failing to take advantage of this legislation.Officials of the Jamaica...

Published:Sunday | April 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A provision in the proposed Data Protection Act to exempt parliamentarians from culpability if they disclose personal data during a sitting of either House did not find favour with participants of a recent round table discussion on the legislation...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The chronic water problem facing residents of Marlie Hill in South Manchester should be alleviated somewhat with the opening of a water shop in the community.The facility houses eight 2,000-gallon black drums and will provide water to residents of...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

For three years, Clive Marriott was shuttled from one police lock-up to another in St Catherine as he waited for trial on a rape charge. By the time he was convicted, Marriott had lost his sight, having contracted a bacterial infection while in the...

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A rift between some residents of Cross Keys in South Manchester and the committee overseeing the operation of its community centre has resulted in the playing field now being under-utilised and the high school's playground being overworked.The...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Cancer of the anus is not a homosexual curse, nor is it an unusual occurrence, experts are informing.Gynae oncologist at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Dr Matthew Taylor, said that cancer can develop on any part of the body, including...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Religious leaders marching on Jamaica's old, murderous, and criminal capital, Spanish Town, preaching, praying and calling for Jesus' blood to wash the town clean has been done before.But the bloodletting has continued. So have the robberies,...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Hundreds of disheartened Jamaicans have been swarming the offices of human-rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) seeking help to get redress for reports of police abuse.Many of them have cited cases of torture and illegal detention, resulting in...

Published:Saturday | March 31, 2018 | 2:52 PMErica Virtue

Hundreds of Christians descended on Spanish Town and its environs in a religious march dubbed Spanish Town Belongs to Jesus. Led by Tarrant Baptist Church Pastor Reverend Jeffrey Shuttleworth, they started at the Jubilee Worship Centre on Valdez...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Human-rights group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is calling on the Government to urgently act on agreed amendments to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Act, given the decision of the Appeal Court two weeks ago to bar the body from...

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