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More needs to be done, but Ananda Dean's dad hopeful

Nine years after his then 11-year-old daughter was snatched and found murdered, Richard Dean says he is pleased with the progress that the Jamaican authorities have made in their effort to protect children and track down those who go missing. Read More

Sex offence screen

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 26 2017    

A parliamentary committee reviewing the Sexual Offences Act and related laws is considering making it mandatory for employers to check if individuals seeking jobs in specific professions have sexual offences records, and whether people indicted for the murder of pregnant women... Read More

Customers could see increase if OUR gives JPS nod

Friday, May, 26 2017    

The Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) has applied to the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) for changes to its tariff, which could see the typical residential and small commercial customer bill increasing on average by approximately 2.8 per... Read More

History

Friday, May, 26 2017    

Today is the 146th day of 2017. There are 219 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT1977: George H Willig scales the outside of the South Tower of New... Read More

UK suicide bomber: a young man thirsting for revenge

Friday, May, 26 2017    

MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) — Manchester suicide bomber Salman Abedi was a British-born university dropout with Libyan jihadi links who, according to his sister, may have sought revenge for the deaths of Muslim children.Abedi was... Read More

PAHO warns of slowdown in eliminating mother-to-child HIV transmission in Caribbean

Friday, May, 26 2017    

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) – A new report by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) shows that progress towards the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis in Latin America and the Caribbean has slowed.According... Read More

JCF to be redefined as protection and service entity

Friday, May, 26 2017    

THE Government is to develop a policy framework which will redefine the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) as a protection and service organisation.Prime Minister Andrew Holness said the policy is expected to be in place by November 2017. Read More

Former president says Guyana not ready for same-sex marriages

Friday, May, 26 2017    

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Former Guyana President Bharrat Jagdeo says the country is not ready for the legalisation of same-sex marriages.During a press conference on Wednesday, Jagdeo, who is now leader of the Opposition... Read More

Dozens of Sandals volunteers lend a hand on Labour Day

Friday, May, 26 2017    

ON Tuesday — Labour Day — vans laden with construction material and buses with dozens of eager volunteers from Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Resorts, journeyed to various projects across Jamaica.Schools, police stations and health centres were... Read More

MPs in the dark about allocation of houses for the poor

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, May, 26 2017    

SOME Members of Parliament are disgruntled over the way in which the housing component of the Housing Opportunity Prosperity Employment (HOPE) programme is being administered.The MPs, in deliberations at Wedesday's meeting of the Infrastructure and Physical... Read More

Residents take part in child protection sensitisation session

Friday, May, 26 2017    

As part of the ongoing public education campaign on child protection, representatives from several ministries and agencies participated in a sensitisation session with residents of Whitehall Avenue in Kingston on Wednesday.Included were the Office of the... Read More

Computer programmer accused of prostituting teen

Friday, May, 26 2017    

An 18-year-old student is now in a victim's shelter and a computer programmer is to reappear in the St James Parish Court after he was charged in relation to breaches of the Trafficking in Persons Act.The name of the student,... Read More



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