Man freed in Lauriston murder trial celebrating ‘early Christmas’

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SANJA Ducally, the former murder accused in the 2011 brutal murder of 18-year-old Joeith Lynch and her mother Charmaine Rattray in Lauriston, St Catherine, described his acquittal yesterday as an “early Christmas”, according to his attorney Anthony Williams.The former accused walked from the Supreme Court a free man after eight years behind bars when the judge upheld a no-case submission by his attorney.“He feels like Christmas has…

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UNICEF expresses concern about violence against children

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TWENTY-EIGHT years after Jamaica adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), country representative for UNICEF Jamaica Mariko Kagoshima says the organisation remains “deeply and increasingly concerned” about the scope and impact of violence against the nation’s children.The CRC is a legally binding international agreement, setting out the civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights of every child, regardless of their race,…

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PHOTO: National plan of action

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Dr Elizabeth Ward (centre), chair of the Violence Prevention Alliance, presents a copy of the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence (NPACV) to Floyd Green, state minister in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Agriculture at the official launch of the NPACV at Emancipation Park on Tuesday. Sharing in the moment is Hyacinth Blair, senior director, Children’s Affairs Policy, Ministry of Education,Youth and Information. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

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Tourism official says China market poses challenge in push to Far East

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TOURISM authorities have begun to look in earnest towards the Far East for new markets to sell destination Jamaica but say China, in particular, poses a challenges because of the unique nature and requirements of the Chinese visitor.

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JP in trouble over flashing blue light, siren on BMW X6

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A St Andrew-based justice of the peace (JP) has found himself in trouble with the law after a flashing blue light and siren were affixed to his BMW X6 in an effort to beat a traffic jam in New Kingston.Under the law, emergency lights are to be used only by the police, the Jamaica Fire Brigade, and ambulances. Blue lights are used by the police, while other emergency services use red lights.But during a pile-up in traffic in New Kingston last Wednesday…

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Jamaica close second on UN-compiled femicide list

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PARIS, France (AFP) — Every day in 2017, 137 women and girls were intentionally killed by their partner or a family member somewhere in the world, according to UN statistics.This adds up to more than 50,000 women’s lives ended by those closest to them, a scourge blamed on deep-rooted gender inequality and damaging stereotypes of women as weaker and less valuable members of society.Here is an overview of the worldwide killings of women, also called…

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ECC launches app for parenting children

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THE Early Childhood Commission (ECC) has launched its 1st 1000 Days app, which is an intervention for changing negative parenting behaviours to achieve positive outcomes for children.Those targeted are biological parents, adopted parents, caregivers, and anyone tasked with the responsibility of parenting children from birth to two years. The app will provide parents with the information needed to care for children in this age cohort. The app, which…

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Trump directed Ukraine quid pro quo, key witness says

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators yesterday that he worked with Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine at the “express direction” of President Donald Trump and pushed for a political “quid pro quo” with Kyiv because it was what Trump wanted.

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PAJ honours veteran journalists

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The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) yesterday honoured four veteran journalists/broadcasters for their contribution to the field at its annual Veterans’ Luncheon at the Courtyard Marriott hotel in New Kingston.Here three of the awardees pose with their citations.

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‘People wicked dem ways deh’

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KEMAR Riley, 29, one of the accused in the 2011 double beheading of 18-year-old Joeith Lynch and her mother Charmaine Rattray, yesterday told a stunned courtroom that he had never laid eyes on the prosecution’s star witness who last week testified that Riley confessed to him that he had been part of the group of men who invaded the women’s house.

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