Elderly fleeced - Call for special laws to shield vulnerable as families, caregivers plunder the aged

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Scores of elderly persons are being fleeced of funds by caregivers and their own family, prompting the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons (CCRP) to call for increased protection and empowerment of the vulnerable group. President of the CCRP,…

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Beaten while pregnant - One in eight expectant moms exposed to gender-based violence; experts warn of lasting physical, traumatic effects for women, children

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With several studies showing that pregnant women locally are often subjected to domestic violence, members of the Civil Society Collaborative Forum (CSCF) would like for expectant mothers to be screened for gender-based violence when they attend…

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‘To Sir, with love’ - Prudence Kidd-Deans relishes honour of getting unique view into Seaga’s soul

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One of a rare group of Labourite women handpicked by the late Edward Philip George Seaga to enter his personal and political inner circle for decades has labelled the “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity as “unforgettable”. For several years, Prudence…

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Trump turbulence slows trade deal momentum

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WASHINGTON (AP): The momentum that supporters have tried to build for a new North American trade deal has run into some Trump turbulence. The Trump administration had taken steps in recent weeks to work with Democratic and Republican lawmakers to…

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Democratic presidential hopefuls to woo California activists

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP): More than a dozen Democratic presidential hopefuls have flocked to California for the chance to make their cases to thousands of activists in the nation’s largest liberal stronghold. Candidates held rallies across the state…

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Punished for pregnancy - Medics reject insurance cards for ‘single’ plans, expectant mothers forced to pay out of pocket

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Some women have resorted to putting a male friend on their insurance plans to change their status from single to family prior to getting pregnant due to the challenges being experienced by expectant mothers locally to pay for prenatal care. This…

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‘We observe the law’ Vets claim they use best practices when disposing of carcasses

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The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA) has pushed back against claims of improper disposal of the carcasses of some animals, including pets, saying vets have been using established procedures when they are entrusted to handle such…

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Virginia Beach shooting victims were veteran city employees

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VIRGINIA BEACH (AP): The 12 people who were fatally shot in a Virginia Beach government building on Friday were remembered yesterday during a sombre news conference and prayer vigil as officials sought to put the focus on those who died and not the…

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No-user-fee policy bogging down health sector, say experts

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Heath professionals are urging the Government to review the no-user-fee policy for public health institutions as a shortage of funds is restricting the range and quality of services many facilities can provide. Speaking at a recent Gleaner Editors…

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12-y-o homeless for the summer? - State yet to find holiday accommodation for visually impaired ward

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Twelve-year-old Salvation Army School for the Blind and Visually Impaired student Samantha Jakes* will have nowhere to live this summer if the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) does not find somewhere for her. Her school’s…

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