Concern J’can culture could pose challenge with sexual harassment Bill

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JAMAICA’S “highly sexualised culture” could pose a major challenge to the enforcement of laws against sexual harassment when they are passed, experts say.

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Data Protection Act could restrict marketing through telecoms firms

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TELECOMS providers and other entities could find it harder to push their products to potential customers if the parliamentary committee which is reviewing the Data Protection Act agrees to include a provision for companies to ask permission to send such messages.

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Churches urged to become more involved in HIV fight

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THE Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) is encouraging its members to become more engaged in the fight against human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), by educating their respective congregations on how to manage their lives and minimise the risk of infection.

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Remain alert even as hurricane season ends, says official

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DIRECTOR of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica Evan Thompson says that although the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season has officially ended, Jamaicans should always be in a state of readiness and preparedness to deal with weather events.He said this is crucial as climate change has resulted in adverse weather conditions occurring even outside of the hurricane season, which traditionally runs from June 1 to November 30.

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Tough talk!

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DARLISTON, Westmoreland — Prime Minister Andrew Holness has made it clear that political pressure and criticism will not force his Government to relent in its fight against criminals who are intent on creating mayhem in the country.

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Pearnel Charles Jr, Obama awardee to address COJO 25th anniversary gala

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SENATOR Pearnel Charles Jr and Lucinda Cross, former US President Barrack Obama lifetime achievement awardee, will headline the 25th Anniversary Scholarship Gala and Awards of Children of Jamaica Outreach Inc (COJO) on Saturday at the Hilton New York, JFK Airport.

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Gov’t looks to partners to up country’s cyber defence

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NATIONAL Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says cyber defence is an expensive venture.In his address at the opening of the Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Hilton Resort and Spa in St James on Tuesday, the minister noted that it is difficult for small countries to develop their own capacity, hence the importance of partnerships.

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Fifty-two Westmoreland families get new homes

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday handed over 52 housing units in Darliston Grove and Shrewsbury in Westmoreland.Holness presented keys to families for 29 detached units in Darliston Grove and 23 detached units in Shrewsbury.They are the first set of beneficiaries in the island to receive housing units under the National Housing Trust (NHT) Labour and Small Materials Programme (LSMP).

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Hylton wants ‘properly crafted’ Microcredit Bill

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RECENTLY appointed Opposition spokesman on industry, investment and competitiveness Anthony Hylton says a properly crafted legislative environment for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) would greatly contribute to Jamaica’s growth agenda.

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This Day in Hstory — December 5

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Today is the 339th day of 2019. There are 26 days left in the year.TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT2013: The death of Nelson Mandela deprives the world of one of the great figures in modern history and sets the stage for days of mourning in South Africa and elsewhere, and reflection about a colossus of the 20th century who projected astonishing grace, resolve and good humour. OTHER EVENTS

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