Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | November 25, 2012
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Squander! Government spends more than $32 million to keep old, empty Jamintel building safe for pigeons
Since 2005, two major state agencies have spent millions of taxpayers' dollars on round-the-clock security services for an idle derelict building in Jamaica's capital city.

Climate change talks to resume
During a year with a monster storm and scorching heat waves, Americans have experienced the kind of freakish weather that many scientists say will occur more often on a warming planet.

Who was watching the suicidal teen?
Directly across from the cell in which 16-year-old Vanessa Wint was found hanging last week is a 'staff monitoring area' where security officials are based 24 hours per day. Security officers are tasked with watching and protecting all wards, inmates and workers at the correctional facilities.

'Fix the justice system now' - Lawyers call for Supreme Court branch in western Jamaica among measures to improve access to justice
President of the Cornwall Bar Association (CBA), Michael Erskine, has added his voice to those calling for immediate reforms to the justice system. According to Erskine, there are some glaring deficiencies in Jamaica's justice system which must be fixed.

'Don't bow to them' - British lawyer says Jamaica should not follow in the footsteps of the US and UK by removing anti-buggery laws
With the Jamaican Government adamant that a review of the buggery laws will be done, a leading United Kingdom-based attorney is urging the country not to follow the lead of the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) in this regard.

Wesley's long break - Veteran civil servant rides off to first proper vacation in 20 years
It is hard to imagine Wesley Hughes away from reams of government papers, graphs, charts and complex accounts. For more than 30 years, Hughes, the outgoing financial secretary, has served the Government in a myriad of positions with most having to do with complex financial matters.

Battle royal looms in JLP elections - Several surprises as nominations close
Four high-profile members of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have thrown their hats in the ring for the post of party chairman, setting the stage for an intriguing contest when members of the Central Executive vote next Sunday.

Contenders for chairmanship
Having served as deputy leader and general secretary of the JLP, Edmund Bartlett would carve his name in the organisation's history books if he is also elected to the position of chairman.

Warm wish for winter - Tourism stakeholders hoping for a good winter season
Indications are that Jamaica should see visitor arrivals at or slightly above last year's levels over the soon-to-begin winter tourist season. Last year, the country welcomed 735,185 stopover visitors from January to April, which was literally tagged a "soft winter" for the country.

Help coming for troubled children - Guidance counsellors developing simple system to capture behavioural patterns
The National Association of Guidance Counsellors has developed an evaluation instrument, which is designed to capture all types of behaviours and inclinations demonstrated by children.

Double-edged sword cuts Heart Foundation - More people seeking low-cost service but recession drying up donations
With more Jamaicans than ever dying from cardiac-related illnesses and the country seemingly in the throes of a perennial recession, the Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) is facing increasing pressure to provide services to a steadily growing number of persons.

The Next 50 Years - Let's end this 50-year relationship with crime
The data can be at times fuzzy, since back in 1962, we weren't nearly as mindful as we are today about matters dealing with crime. Nonetheless, those of us who crunch the available numbers and do the analyses are at one in concluding: violence became endemic and incidents of both common and organised crime skyrocketed in Jamaica in the years following Independence.

The Next 50 Years - Save our boys
ACCORDING TO Miller (1991), the Caribbean is one of the few regions in the world where there are more illiterate men than women. In 1999, the illiteracy figures were 25.9 per cent for men and 14.1 per cent for women.

Deserted at death - Public hospitals forced to foot burial bills for dumped patients
Scores of persons abandoned in life at public hospitals are also deserted at death, leaving the health facilities to bear the cost of burying these persons whose relatives do not turn up to claim their bodies.

Paulwell steps up bid for cheaper electricity
The Government is to this week begin its search for 115MW of renewable energy to add to the national grid. Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell says investors in renewable energy projects will be able to bid for the new energy-generating capacity through a request for proposal (RFP) process.

'You are all to blame'
Following the suspected suicide of a teenage girl at the New Horizon Adult Remand Centre last week the human-rights group Jamaicans for Justice issued a release on the incident and asked questions of the authorities. The full text of that release is presented below.

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