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  1. Poverty plunges
  2. Gov’t targets special needs children
  3. Chuck says all judgment debts paid off
  4. Holness trolls Phillips after ‘Twittercide’ poll
  5. Wanted man surrenders
  6. Women are triggers in gang violence -Study

1. Poverty plunges

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has attributed the 19 per cent drop in poverty between 2015 and 2016 to increased employment and reduction in the cost of living. Data from the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions, released yesterday by the Planning Institute of Jamaica, indicated that the rate of poverty dropped by 4.1 percentage points to 17.1 per cent, a six-year low. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t targets special needs children

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is working with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to reach more children with special needs. Education Minister Ruel Reid, who spoke at the official opening of the $70-million Stimulation-Plus Early Childhood Centre in Rockfort, Kingston, last week, said the collaboration will ensure that all children who suffer from various disabilities or challenges receive the necessary early-intervention services. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Chuck says all judgement debts paid off

The Justice Ministry is reporting that for the first time, the Government has settled all judgment debts at the end of the last financial year. According to Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, at the end of March, the Government settled 303 matters paying out more than $1.3 billion. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Holness trolls Phillips after ‘Twittercide’ poll

It was social media suicide: the Twitter account of People’s National Party president Dr Peter Phillips posting a poll that favoured the government. It read: “Poll question of the day: Are you better off today than two years ago?” The results: Of the 419 votes, 63 per cent of respondents said yes and 37 per cent said no. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Wanted man surrenders

The police say steps are being taken to interview wanted man Wesley Cunningham who surrendered to investigators yesterday. Cunningham, accompanied by his lawyer, turned himself in at the Negril Police Station in Westmoreland last evening. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Women are triggers in gang violence -Study

Approximately 62 per cent of women who have been victims of gang-related activities were killed because of ongoing warfare. In addition, 32 per cent of females have been “triggers” for starting conflicts in crime-ridden communities across the country, according to research findings by social anthropologist Dr Herbert Gayle. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.