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Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:09 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

At 23, Sherika* says she has been raped by five different men on different occasions. And that number of offences would be higher if repeated encounters with her biological father – the first to defile her at nine years old – are counted. Now, she...

Published:Saturday | October 16, 2021 | 12:11 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

With Jamaica being among six Latin American and Caribbean countries yet to break the 20 per cent vaccination barrier, there are fears that the island could miss the World Health Organisation target for countries to vaccinate at least 40 per cent of...

Published:Sunday | October 10, 2021 | 12:07 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The National Council on Drug Abuse (NCDA) may not be prepared to call it, but researchers at the Northern Caribbean University (NCU) are standing behind a study that suggests alcoholism is on the rise locally and that the pressures of COVID-19 are...

Published:Sunday | October 3, 2021 | 3:05 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

If you get the feeling more Jamaicans have been dying in recent years, you may be on to something. But while records for the last decade have reflected an overall increase in local morbidity numbers, the unpredictability of the looming COVID-19...

Published:Monday | October 4, 2021 | 12:05 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

More people are turning to alcohol and drugs to cope with the onslaught of the coronavirus, but with the pandemic decimating most face-to-face interactions, it may not be long in coming before local researchers know just how hard Jamaicans are...

Published:Saturday | October 2, 2021 | 12:07 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Car thieves are running rampant in Portmore in St Catherine, and homes, malls, and make-do parking spots outside the Portmore Tax Office on Braeton Parkway seem to be their preferred hunting grounds. It is a worrying reality that has forced police...

Published:Sunday | September 19, 2021 | 4:35 PMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

There is a dark side of the Sunshine City that often goes unseen – a side woven by egregious criminals bent on turning the municipality into a bloodfest. For some 300,000 Jamaicans facing the challenges of COVID-19, the dormitory coastal...

Published:Sunday | August 29, 2021 | 12:06 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

With the local health sector on crisis footing as a spiralling rate of infections slam under-resourced hospitals, the health ministry on Friday suspended elective surgeries and other crucial medical procedures in public facilities as it went into...

Published:Saturday | August 21, 2021 | 12:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness shot down any COVID-19 priority list for treatment and access to ventilators at a press conference Thursday, deadening calls from Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) President Patsy Edwards-Henry and several healthcare...

Published:Sunday | August 15, 2021 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Nurse Annette White-Best had no qualms about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, but neither was she gung-ho about the jab. Actually, her younger sister, Nikeshia Smith-Blackwood, said the conversation hardly ever came up, even as White-Best tirelessly...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

There is no room for remorse if you are a Jamaican scammer. On the best days, such feelings could jeopardise one’s loot, while on the worse, it may cause a slip-up that ends in a prison sentence or death. That’s the resolve of some scammers who...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

It is a constituency rich with cultural, political and musical legacy, yet pauperised by decrepit infrastructure, overcrowding, and bloody gun feuds that outlive members of parliament (MPs) elected to its reins. There is no doubt that there...

Published:Sunday | August 1, 2021 | 1:35 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

In the most nightmarish incidents of corporal punishment, Jamaican children are tortured, burned, and maimed by their parents and guardians for the most senseless reasons. And with more than 30 broken bones, the plight of a two-year-old girl is...

Published:Sunday | July 25, 2021 | 12:10 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Seventeen consecutive days of water leaks, all starting precisely at 11:59 p.m., with no identified end time and with consumption volumes mysteriously lower than days when there were no leaks, statements from the National Water Commission (NWC)...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 12:51 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Police lookouts and gun transporters. After-dark taxi operators and prostitutes. Hitmen for the island’s unrelenting gangs. These are the job descriptions of some of Jamaica’s children; those most hardened by cold nights and sweat-stained days ‘...

Published:Sunday | July 18, 2021 | 12:51 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

It remains a mystery how Rosheda Richards’* monthly bill from the National Water Commission (NWC) skyrocketed to more than $100,000 in under a month – and for new premises unoccupied at the time – but the utility company is insisting the new...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The stench of sewage permeated their yards days after Tropical Storm Elsa doused the island. Backwash, residents said, from a clogged drain outside the Seville Meadows Phase Three perimeter fence in St Catherine. It is a hard reminder of the knee-...

Published:Sunday | July 11, 2021 | 12:11 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Hundreds of Jamaican men are deeply scarred from forced sexual encounters during childhood, usually at the hands of older women who leave trails of psychological nightmares in their wake. That is the argument from experts as the island’s multi-...

Published:Sunday | July 4, 2021 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Just like the constant mutation of the coronavirus, the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association’s (JMDA) fight over demeaning work contracts seems a recurring issue, with ultimately one major casualty of the unending war – helpless citizens. One year...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:13 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

It has been two decades of long showers, uselessly trying to scrub away the shame and guilt that torment victims, but, for Latanya Binns*, those emotions may never leave – especially as her first child came from her being heinously raped at age 17...

Published:Sunday | June 27, 2021 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

Except for a brief tour during which Climate Change Minister Pearnel Charles Jr and technocrats sprinkled a paltry 20 mangrove saplings along the 15-kilometre stretch, it seems little has been done to address the ‘incomplete’ Palisadoes strip that...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

The trip is not for the faint of heart. Smuggled migrants using The Bahamas to gain entry into Florida from Jamaica risk being robbed, shot, or eaten by sharks in a’ dog-eat-dog’, every man for himself pursuit of the ‘American Dream’. The lucky...

Published:Sunday | June 20, 2021 | 12:09 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

It takes renewed resolve, serious discipline, and undying sacrifice to be a good father during the COVID-19 pandemic. Even more so, it seems, for those risking their lives on the coronavirus front line or for those entrepreneurs trying to weave a...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:14 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

George Campbell can still hear his mother’s screams for help as she and his father disappeared beneath the raging Hope River in St Andrew during the passing of Hurricane Gustav in 2008. The death wails, he said, are chilling, and similar to those...

Published:Sunday | June 6, 2021 | 12:12 AMCorey Robinson - Senior Staff Reporter

A staggering 249 girls have been impregnated from rapes, carnal abuse and other sex crimes between January 2020 and March this year. This is just under eight per cent of the total 3,265 children sexually abused over the period, statistics from...

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