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  1. Several casualties in Mandela Highway crash
  2. Domestic workers’ rights champ wants CARICOM to do more
  3. Group demands life sentence for child rapist
  4. Expert says high taxes give criminals upper hand
  5. Improved benefits to NHT contributors take effect
  6. CARICOM leaders say yes to Venezuela mission

1. Several casualties in Mandela Highway crash

Police sources have confirmed at least six casualties in a motor vehicle collision along the Mandela Highway around 8:30 Wednesday night. However, the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communications Unit was unable to say how many of the victims have died. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Domestic workers’ rights champ wants CARICOM to do more

Jamaican Shirley Pryce last night accepted CARICOM’s top award for women and wasted little time in urging member states to follow Jamaica and Guyana to ratify an international convention on the protection of rights for domestic workers. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Group demands life sentence for child rapists

Wide-ranging presentations were made yesterday to the joint select committee of Parliament reviewing the Sexual Offences Act and related laws, with four groups registering strong positions on several issues such as abortion, sexual offences against children, and retention of the ‘buggery law’. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Expert says high taxes give criminals upper hand

Director of Crime Stoppers International Dave Cording is warning the Jamaican Government that it should carefully consider not raising taxes too much as that would only make the illicit trading of goods more lucrative for organised gangs. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Improved benefits to NHT contributors take effect

Some new National Housing Trust (NHT) loan applicants began benefiting from improvements in home grants and financing for NHT scheme solutions, effective July 1. Special benefits for persons with disabilities, including reduced interest rates and a special grant to assist with retrofitting their houses, have also become effective. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. CARICOM leaders say yes to Venezuela mission

CARICOM leaders have agreed to propose a mission team to crisis-hit Venezuela. Dr Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, says the decision was taken during talks in caucus last night and away from media glare on Grenada’s Calvigny Island. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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