Stories written by Zadie Neufville
Zadie Neufville is a Jamaican-born journalist, communications and ICT specialist with more than 20 years of experience. She is a specialist writer on development issues, primarily agriculture, women, health and the environment. Zadie’s experience includes TV production, scriptwriting; as a print and radio reporter, sub-editor, magazine editor and lecturer/trainer. Zadie also specialises in media and consumer product development and is one of the principals in AhYaad Communications, a full service company offering services in all areas of development communication. Zadie currently works as an ICT Specialist combining new and traditional media technologies in the delivery of communication and public awareness solutions. | Web

JAMAICA: Tourist Sector Braces for Fallout from U.S. Sniper Trial

As U.S. officials prepare to bring sniper suspects John Lee Malvo and John Allen Mohamed to trial, the Jamaican tourism sector is bracing itself for the fallout from the negative publicity surrounding a native son.

RIGHTS-JAMAICA: Advocates Query Pending Law on Child Sexual Abuse

Last month, lobbyists began campaigning for measures to better protect women's and children's rights, including a public education programme aimed at preventing rape and other sexual crimes and an emergency telephone line to report such incidents.

RIGHTS-JAMAICA: Advocates Query Pending Law on Child Sexual Abuse

Last month, lobbyists began campaigning for measures to better protect women's and children's rights, including a public education programme aimed at preventing rape and other sexual crimes and an emergency telephone line to report such incidents.

ECONOMY-JAMAICA: Row Derails Sugar Replanting Programme

Six months after the Jamaican government announced special loans to replant some 40,000 hectares of sugar cane, only 11 of more than 2,000 registered cane farmers have managed to access the loans.

HEALTH-JAMAICA: Activists Say Policies Threaten HIV-AIDS Support

The pending closure of Jamaica's oldest and largest non-governmental support group for people living with HIV-AIDS is raising questions about funding policies that activists say rob millions of people in the developing world of much needed care and medication.

HEALTH-JAMAICA: TB Care on Target Despite Challenges-Officials

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says lack of money is endangering a commitment to cut the rate of tuberculosis in the Third World, but Jamaican health authorities say the disease is under control here.

HEALTH-JAMAICA: Fear Among Gay Men Said to Fuel HIV/AIDS Cases

Pressure for gay men to lead "normal" sex lives is fuelling a rise in the number of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) infections among women, say Jamaican health officials.

HEALTH-JAMAICA: AIDS Drug Concessions Deemed Insufficient

AIDS drugs remain beyond the reach of most Jamaicans who need them despite discounts of up to 90 percent offered by major pharmaceuticals companies, say health activists here.

JAMAICA: Squatter Resettlement Programme in Trouble

Four years ago, Idalee Watson made the first deposit on what was to be her dream home: a modest one- bedroom house with room for expansion.

RIGHTS-JAMAICA: State Response to Police Killing Sparks Outrage

Human rights activists have expressed outrage over the public prosecutor's decision to not press charges against police officers accused of killing an unarmed man at point blank range.

MEDIA: Pioneering Caribbean News Agency Closes, Leaving a Void

The Caribbean's premier news agency has been forced to abruptly close and to appeal for help from the region's businesses and governments.

POLITICS-JAMAICA: Intrigues Bedevil Search for Accountability

Edward Seaga, leader of the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), pushed hard and loud for an official enquiry into July shoot-outs between police and gunmen that killed 27 people in one three-day period. Now that questions are being asked, he appears to be ducking them.

RIGHTS: Jamaica Readies New Child Protection Drive

Parliament is to receive by year-end a new Child Care and Protection Act drafted among a raft of government ideas to clamp down on sexual, labour, and other abuses of children's rights.

POLITICS-JAMAICA: Cabinet Shuffled as Government Eyes Elections

The justice and trade ministries have been shaken up in Prime Minister P.J. Patterson's first Cabinet shuffle since his party won a third term in 1997.

/REPEAT/HEALTH-CARIBBEAN: Anthrax Scare Hits Region

Health authorities are bracing for a possible outbreak of anthrax in the Caribbean, where postal workers have begun to encounter envelopes containing or covered with a white powder.

HEALTH-CARIBBEAN: Anthrax Scare Hits Region

Health authorities are bracing for a possible outbreak of anthrax in the Caribbean, where postal workers have begun to encounter envelopes containing or covered with a white powder.

POLITICS: Troops Deployed, Jamaica Mulls Anti-Terror Law

Jamaican security forces have began yet another initiative to wrest control over the streets of a capital city rent by crime and political violence.

HEALTH-JAMAICA: Women Twice as Vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

The number of new infections with the virus that causes AIDS remains nearly twice as great among Jamaican women than among men, researchers say.

DEVELOPMENT: Jamaican Charity Embraces Hard-up Fisherfolk

For the first time in his life, Carlton Watson says, he has a chance to "make a man" of himself.

RIGHTS-JAMAICA: Police Dispute Documentary on Killings

Jamaican authorities say "Dead Men Tell No Tales", a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) look at police killings aired here this week and due for international broadcast next week, could compromise court hearings into the cases it highlights.

DEVELOPMENT: Jamaica Pins its Hopes on Transgenic Papaya

This farming area just inland from the south coast fishing town of Old Harbour appears to hold the answer to the decimation of Jamaica's papaya crop by the virulent Ring Spot disease.

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