Crime-fight getting DNA boost

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JAMAICA’S ability to identify the perpetrators of some of the island’s most heinous crimes will receive a boost shortly when the National DNA Database becomes operational.The construction and outfitting of the new building, dubbed the “Annex”, at the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine, popularly called the Forensic Lab, in Mona, St Andrew, is scheduled to be done by the end of July.

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Prosecution relying on a number of authorities, evidence of two witnesses

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THE prosecution started responding yesterday to the no- case submissions of defence attorneys in the Uchence Wilson Gang trial in the Supreme Court.The prosecution, in its submission, argued against the case being thrown out as requested by the defence.

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Gov’t working on twinning of high schools

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MINISTER with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, says that the Government will be twinning some high schools soon, as part of its programme to improve the general performance of students to support a more inclusive educational system.

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Pantry joins CAS

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FORMER Director of Public Prosecution, (DPP) Professor Kent Pantry has been appointed to the board of the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) — the highest court for sport hearings in the world.Pantry, who has been practising law since 1976 and was DPP between 1998 and 2008, is the first Jamaican to be appointed to that position. He will sit on the panel for four years.

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Education ministry to publish individual PEP scores

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MINISTER with responsibility for education, youth and information Karl Samuda says the ministry will be publishing the scores for each student that sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations.“We will be publishing the individual scores and the results of the tests that were taken on each student. We are expecting that this will be released next week, if not by the end of this week,” he said.

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This Day in History — July 4

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Today is the 185th day of 2019. There are 180 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT1779: French forces take Grenada in the West Indies from the British, who retake it four years later. OTHER EVENTS1187: The Arab forces of Sultan Saladin destroy a thirsty and exhausted Crusader army at Hattin in northern Palestine, leading to the Muslim conquest of Jerusalem.

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BOJ conducting diaspora survey

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THE Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is conducting a survey to get a deeper understanding of the diaspora’s involvement in the Jamaican economy.The survey, which will be used to inform policy decisions, will cover a broad range of topics, such as remittances, the potential sectors for investments and the types of investments that are of interest to the diaspora community.

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Alleged sex assault victim to appear before PAAC

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THE Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts student at the centre of sexual harassment allegations against a senior faculty member, and other individuals affiliated with the institution, are expected to give in-camera testimony to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) at its next sitting.

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PM medal awardee striving for a better Jamaica

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JAMAICA Teachers’ Association (JTA) regional officer Clayton Hall is on a mission to help the country achieve its goals under the long-term National Development Plan — Vision 2030 Jamaica.

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Caricom urged to maintain united position on Venezuela

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CASTRIES, St Lucia, Jul 3, CMC — Outgoing Caribbean Community (Caricom) Chairman, Dr Timothy Harris, yesterday praised the regional integration grouping for its stance on the economic and political situation in Venezuela, saying it must remain an honest broker in the South American country.

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