How to spot a human trafficker

Observer on January 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

HEAD of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Vice Squad in the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Deputy Superintendent of Police Carl Berry is appealing to citizens to become more aware of how human traffickers think and operate.During an interview with the Jamaica Observer, Berry said traffickers respond to various situations, one of them being law enforcement interventions.

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Auditor general urges serious study of recommendations for CMU

Observer on January 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has urged the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI) to seriously consider her recommendations to resolve certain weaknesses identified in the internal control mechanism at the university.

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Burnout linked with irregular heartbeat

Observer on January 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

FEELING excessively tired, devoid of energy, demoralised, and irritable? You may have burnout, a syndrome associated with a potentially deadly heart rhythm disturbance.That’s the conclusion of a large study published recently in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).

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Constituency Development Fund — pork barrel or development tool?

Observer on January 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

There was strong opposition from some quarters to the idea of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) even before it was established in 2008 and although it was a manifesto commitment on which the Government was elected in 2007. It was argued that members of parliament should not be involved in determining any of the projects in their constituencies on which Government funds are to be spent. That authority, they insist, belongs to the government bureaucrats who have the technical…

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How can men and women solve intimate partner violence?

Observer on January 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

Public discourse following the three incidents of women who were recently murdered by their male partners has centred generally on what women do in relationships with men to trigger their own demise.

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Sunday Brew — January 19, 2020

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Bobby Pickersgill’s CDF amnesia The call by veteran Member of Parliament Robert Pickersgill for elected officials to get an increase in their annual allocations under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) comes as a strange one.

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Jackie Minott remembered as champion of industry

Observer on January 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Prominent Manchester business giant John O Minott Sr, affectionately called Jackie Minott, who died on Thursday at age 84, is being remembered as a stalwart of Jamaica’s coffee industry.Minott Sr died at the Hargreaves Memorial Hospital here, after being ill for the past four years.

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A big dirty joke

Observer on January 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

ONE attorney-at-law has supported recent claims made in the media that the 1996 Domestic Violence Act (DVA) is weak, labelling it as “a big dirty joke”.In light of recent developments locally where three women were killed by their partners within a short space of time, attorney-at-law Michelle Thomas says there are many loopholes within the Act, which makes enforcement difficult.

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Soldiers feel SOE pain

Observer on January 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

SOLDIERS working alongside police personnel at state of emergency (SOE) checkpoints want to make a few requests to their policy boss — Prime Minister Andrew Holness.They want an improvement in their overall working conditions, but are hesitant to say so publicly for fear of a backlash, particularly the possibility of being called crybabies.

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Allergy relief!

Observer on January 19th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

An allergy testing machine, the only medical equipment of its kind on the island, is now available to serve the needs of Jamaicans suffering from illnesses related to undiagnosed allergies.

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