Legislation coming to crack down on prisoners with cellphones

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THE Government is moving to amend legislation governing the island’s prison system to allow criminal charges to be levelled against inmates found with contraband, with the heaviest punishment going to those found with communication devices.For years there have been reports of prisoners continuing to operate their criminal enterprises from behind bars with cellular phones smuggled into even the maximum security institutions.

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Six soldiers now being questioned in ganja bust

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SIX people are now being interrogated by the security forces about the 1,500 pounds of ganja seized by the police at Gutters, St Elizabeth, on Tuesday.Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Acting Colonel General Staff Dameon Creary told the press yesterday that the two soldiers who were caught with the drugs by the police, after an alleged gunfight, are still being questioned by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

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Money talks

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MINISTER of National Security Dr Horace Chang has accepted that powerful and rich drug dealers could have corrupted members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), who were involved in a major drug bust in Gutters, St Elizabeth, on Wednesday.

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Drug being used to treat COVID-19 not for general use — health ministry

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THE health ministry has stressed that the antiviral drug Remdesivir, when procured, will be used for COVID-19 patients who are hospitalised and under constant monitoring, and only with their consent.

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Researchers bat for NIDS

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FOLLOWING a 2019 study exploring the implications of a National Identification System (NIDS) for Jamaica, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CAPRI) says one of the ills its introduction would rid the country of is the looting of benefits intended for the poorest in society.

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‘Help us!’

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval Williams is inviting Jamaicans to partner with the ‘One laptop or tablet per child’ initiative, which will be officially launched next Thursday.

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Medics concerned about increase in cancer cases among younger people

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AMID the myriad challenges facing breast cancer patients in Jamaica, doctors are also worried about the increasing number of younger individuals being diagnosed with the disease.

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Dangerous detainees

Observer on October 16th, 2020 | File Under Observer News -

POLICE investigators have linked more than 40 per cent of the individuals released from custody, when the states of public emergency (SOEs) were lifted on August 17, to several major crimes over the past few weeks.

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Golding promises to revive plan for party welfare fund

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PEOPLE’S National Party (PNP) presidential candidate Mark Golding says he plans to revisit his idea of a welfare fund for party workers who fall into hardship if he is successful in the internal contest scheduled for November 7.The plan was first announced last September during the leadership contest between then Manchester Central Member of Parliament Peter Bunting and PNP President Dr Peter Phillips.

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Labour Ministry, Household Workers’ Union sign MOU

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THE Ministry of Labour and Social Security has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Jamaica Household Workers’ Union (JHWU) that will promote the services of the ministry’s labour market information system (LMIS) among the union members.The MOU was signed on Wednesday by Labour Minister Karl Samuda; permanent secretary in the ministry, Colette Roberts-Risden; and executive member of the JHWU, Maureen Smith.

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