Delinquent tenants will be fined under new law

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TENANTS who fail to pay their rent, or breach other rules set out in the landlord and tenant covenant, could be hit with hefty fines under the revised Rent Act, which is expected to be finalised this year. Rose Bennett-Cooper, chair of the Rent Assessment Board, said the issue of penalising bad tenants is among several recommendations being proposed under the new law.

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Phillips renews call for anti-crime conference

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WITH almost 400 persons murdered across the island since the start of this year, Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has reiterated the party’s position that the zones of special operations (ZOSOs) and states of emergency are not the answers to the country’s crime problem.

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Guards could get windfall for underpayment over years

Observer on April 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

SECURITY guards who have been short-changed by their employers could receive retroactive payments, if the Government takes on a recommendation being made by Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC).Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) Colette Roberts-Risden has been asked to further advise the committee of the ministry’s position on the matter.

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Students hail teachers for preparing them for PEP

Observer on April 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

GRADE six primary school students in Kingston lauded their teachers for preparing them for their Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exam that came to an end yesterday.The students were very thankful for the help they received, and were extremely happy that their teachers went the extra mile to ensure that they were ready for the exams.

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Jungle justice

Observer on April 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

A man was beaten and burnt beyond recognition in the community of Sterling Castle Heights Wednesday afternoon, allegedly in connection with the death of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers earlier this week.The man, identified as Miguel Williams, was inside his house when an angry group forced its way in, beat him, placed used-car tyres around his body and lit him inside the building.

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Spalding Police Station attacked by gunmen, cop injured

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THE constabulary’s Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) last night confirmed that the Spalding Police Station in Clarendon came under attack by gunmen yesterday, leaving one policeman injured.Head of the CCU, Deputy Superintendent Dahlia Garrick told the Jamaica Observer that minutes after 6:00 the station was attacked when heavily armed men sprayed the building with bullets.

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PHOTO: IT’S OVER!

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Samuda: We had expected Damion’s return to the Senate

Observer on April 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

GOVERNMENT senator and head of the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Public Relations Committee Matthew Samuda says there is no surprise in the decision of Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips to return Damion Crawford to the Senate.Crawford resigned as a senator to contest the recent by-election in Portland Eastern, which he lost to the JLP’s Ann-Marie Vaz.

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MOCA regulations to be passed by month-end

Observer on April 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

THE Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) is to be made fully operational with the passing of the regulations, which will be tabled in the House of Representatives by the end of April.This will give effect to the provisions of the MOCA Act, which include the establishment of MOCA as a statutory law-enforcement agency that will have operational independence and authority.

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Unemployment drops to record low 8 per cent

Observer on April 18th, 2019 | File Under Observer News -

DIRECTOR General of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) Carol Coy announced Tuesday that in January 2019 Jamaica achieved a new record-low unemployment rate of eight per cent.

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