Dog liability Bill gets to House almost a decade after Chuck started work

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JUSTICE Minister Delroy Chuck yesterday admitted that it took legislators almost a decade to table a Bill in the House of Representatives which seeks to hold owners of dangerous dogs criminally liable for attacks on the public.Within that time, at least four people have been killed and dozens more injured by vicious dogs.

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UWI unease

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STUDENTS of The University of the West Indies Mona campus, already faced with an increase in some tuition fees because of a slip in the value of the Jamaican dollar for courses priced in United States dollars, could also be asked to pay more to live on some halls this year.

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NWA repairing several roads in western Jamaica

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THE National Works Agency (NWA) is undertaking a number of road projects in western Jamaica as part of a programme aimed at improving the island’s road network.Community relations officer at the agency’s Western Office, Janel Ricketts, told JIS News that the projects include rehabilitating the Hampden to Adelphi road in St James at a cost of $22.7 million.

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Trump under fire for plan to end protection for Caribbean ‘Dreamers’

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NEW YORK, United States (CMC) — Caribbean American Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D Clarke has strongly denounced US President Donald J Trump’s effort to end protections for young undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants, under former President Barack Obama’s policy, known as “Dreamers”.

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Appeal Court upholds Bar Association POCA challenge

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The Appeal Court yesterday upheld the Jamaican Bar Association’s challenge of amendments to the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) that would essentially force lawyers to report instances of financial crimes uncovered when dealing with their clients.The Bar Association had claimed that the legislation would, among other things, breach lawyer-client privilege which holds that matters discussed do not have to be disclosed to a third party.

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Victoria Jubilee Hospital gets mechanical ventilator

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NEONATAL services at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) have been boosted with the donation of a mechanical ventilator, valued at approximately $4 million, from Guardian Life Limited and the Guardian Group Foundation.

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Decade of flight

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JUST under 300,000 Jamaicans have emigrated between 2008 and 2018 the Planning Institute of Jamaica’s Economic and Social Survey 2019 report has indicated.According to the document, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, 282,549 Jamaicans left the country during that period for the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada — the countries of choice.

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New report warns regional economies will only be reactivated if COVID-19 curve flattens

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (CMC) — A new joint report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has warned that regional economies will only be reactivated if the curve of contagion of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is flattened.

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Motorcycle crackdown

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Police from the Motorised Division and the Counter Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch yesterday staged an operation in Cross Roads, St Andrew, checking motorcycle drivers in what was an obvious response to a spate of robberies committed in the capital city in recent weeks by men using motorcycles. OBSERV ER PHOTOGRAPHER KARL MCLARTY captured some of the happenings.

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US colleges reopen

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NORTH CAROLINA, United States (AP) — The first wave of college students returning to their dorms aren’t finding the typical mobs of students and parents. What they found yesterday were strict safety protocols and some heightened anxiety amid a global pandemic where virus infections are growing in dozens of states.

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