Many Turn To Drugs In State Care, Says PsychologistJamaica, February 5, 2018: Through her interaction with many 16- to 18-year-old children in state care, counselling psychologist Dr Patrece Charles believes that because their lives are so complicated, many of them turn to drugs for comfort.Charles was speaking at a National Integrity Action town hall meeting at The Mico University College in St Andrew last Thursday."As a psychologist, I work with a lot of children from state homes. If you take a look at the reasons why they are in state homes, it's mostly because of the abuses they faced in their lives from their own parents, guardians and family members. Now, the majority of them are on drugs. They are smoking marijuana, and of course, you are aware of the effects marijuana can have on a young mind," she said.


Trafficking In Persons Act Amended, Judges Can Now Conduct Trials Without JuryT&T, February 4, 2018: The House of Representatives has passed amendments to the Trafficking in Persons Act that will allow a judge to try offences without a jury.The amendments come amid complaints by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) about a number of irregularities in the trial of persons charged under the legislation.Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, who piloted the amendments through the House, pointed to the case of Hermalinda Parker and her co-accused, which was heard before the Home Circuit Court.













Principal pushes for awareness for deaf schoolJamaica, February 4, 2018: Principal of St Christopher's School for the Deaf in Brown's Town, St Ann, Donna Harris, is seeking to raise awareness about the institution in order to get much-needed assistance for the children who attend.Harris, who was speaking to the Jamaica Observer North & East during a tour of the school last Tuesday, said that one of the school's major needs is for awareness from parents and the public.“I want persons to recognise that there is a school in St Ann for students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and for students who are born of deaf parents, and need help in learning to communicate with their parents and also for parents to become more involved in the education of their children who are here. If we could get those things on stream then we would be doing good,” Harris said.


Motorists Ignoring The White CanesJamaica, February 4, 2018: Thirty-four-year-old Camille Wilson is blind, but she can clearly see that motorists have generally become more indisciplined on the roads in recent years."When we used to extend our canes, the cars would come to a stop very quickly. Now, like even today, they are not stopping anymore, we have to be begging persons to cross us. We hardly can cross independently anymore because the drivers, they are not considering canes anymore," she lamented.


Night Shelter’s reintegration programme restructured– Social Protection MinistryGuyana, February 2, 2018: The reintegration and rehabilitation programme at the Night Shelter located at Arapiama Street, East La Penitence has been restructured, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.According to Director of Social Services, Wentworth Tanner, the ministry recognised that some of the competencies that were needed at the Night Shelter were limited, hence the need to restructure the programme. “


Schools To Get New Guidance And Counselling PolicyJamaica, February 2, 2018: The Guidance and Counselling Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has launched a policy aimed at creating certain objectives, strategies, and performance standards for the guidance and counselling profession in schools. The policy sets up a framework around the operations of guidance counsellors and a strategy to hold counsellors and schools accountable to the expectations of the ministry.


Fidel Castro's Son Commits SuicideCuba, February 2, 2018: The 68-year-old son of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro has committed suicide in Havana.Cuba's state media say Fidel Ángel Castro Díaz-Balart was found dead Thursday morning and is said to have suffered from depression.State television said he had been receiving medical treatment as an outpatient in recent months, following a hospital admission.Castro Díaz-Balart worked as a nuclear physicist having trained in the former Soviet Union.



Sugar estate communities targeted for Gatekeepers’ programmeGuyana, February 1, 2018: Intended to reach those within communities who may be in dire need of counselling or guidance to deal with some of life’s circumstances, the Caribbean Voice, a non-governmental organisation [NGO], is set to introduce its Gatekeepers’ programme.

Attorney formsWidows Support TTTrinidad & Tobago, January 31, 2018: Given the murder rate, there is dire need for an organisation to help widows and widowers pick up the pieces of their lives. With this in mind, San Fernando-based attorney Soraya Nanan has formed the group Widows Support TT.


SUED FOR FACEBOOK POSTSTrinidad & Tobago, January 31, 2018: Potentially defamatory messages posted on social media website Facebook could be costly for one woman, who is being sued by an entire family for a series of posts on her page back in 2016. The case against Janelle Burke could set a new standard for local users of Facebook and other social media websites...


Armed bandits invade Guyana Society for the Blind, assault membersGuyana, January 31, 2018: The Guyana Society for the Blind (GSB) located at High Street, Georgetown was on Tuesday evening ambushed, and robbed while some of its visually impaired members were reportedly assaulted.Speaking to INews on Wednesday morning, one of the victims of assault, identified as 27-year-old Anthony Robinson –who is visually impaired- explained that at around 22:00hrs, he, in the company of an older man –who was sighted-  went outside of the building to bring in the laundry.


Kitts-Nevis coaches train to tackle child abuse in sportsBasseterre, St. Kitts, January 29, 2018: The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Communication Strategy on Child Abuse in Sports was launched Jan. 29 at a one-day training workshop in St. Kitts as officials seek to break the silence on a topic that isn’t widely discussed in the Caribbean region.


PROTOCOL FOR REPORTING CHILD ABUSE SHOULD BE MANDATORYBarbados, Janaury 28, 2018: Faith Marshall-Harris, Attorney at Law and UNICEF Children’s champion believes that there should be legislation in place making it necessary for persons to report instances of child abuse.


Dawn Butler Speaks At Launch Of Report On Sex DiscriminationUK, January 26, 2018: DAWN BUTLER MP, Member of Parliament for Brent Central and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, spoke at the Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review (SDLR) Panel on Tuesday (Jan 23) in Parliament, a report which found that violence against women and girls is ‘endemic’ in the UK.







Prison officers being trained to deal with mentally unstable inmatesGuyana, February 5, 2018: As part of a training exercise being conducted for prison and other law enforcement officials; they will be taught how to deal with vulnerable groups, especially the dozens of mentally unstable inmates that make up the total prison population in Guyana.During his remarks at the opening of a five-day workshop today, Prisons Director, Gladwin Samuels related that on a daily basis, prisons across Guyana account for about 75 persons who are known to be mentally unstable. He said that these individuals  have now been dispersed following the 2017 fire at the Camp Street penitentiary.


Students hear miss’ dying screamsT&T, February 5, 2018: Police were up to last night still searching for the relative who brutally attacked Tobago kindergarten teacher Kayla Marie Solomon-Caine with a hammer, dealing her several fatal blows yesterday morning.The man attacked Solomon-Caine, 24, of Lowlands, in front her two daughters and mere metres away from the Dorothy Moses Nursery School in Lambeau where she worked. Parents who had just dropped off their children also witnessed the attack, while the little students inside heard the last distressed screams of their teacher.


Girl, 17, set alight, spurnedex-boyfriend on the runGuyana, February 5, 2018: A teenage girl is now in the Georgetown Public Hospital’s Burns Care Unit after her ex-boyfriend set her on fire, on Saturday night.The victim was identified as 17-year-old Susana Culpeper, of Charity Essequibo Coast. She reportedly ended an abusive relationship with her ex-lover prior to the attack.The suspect is 21-year old labourer of Charity. He has since been detained.


Prison officers get mental health trainingT&T, February 4, 2018:Mentally challenged people are being allowed to stay in the prisons because they are being refused by the mental institution.This was disclosed by Commissioner of Prisons Gerard Wilson, who welcomed the initiative—“Mental Health First Response Leadership and Coaching" sponsored by the British High Commission (BHC) in T&T.


Two women arrested for torturing and feeding dog feces to three childrenUSA, February 3, 2018: wo women in Maryland have been arrested after authorities say they beat three children and forced them to eat dog feces for months.Maryland State Police say that Amanda R. Wright and her girlfriend Besline Joseph assaulted the children with something like a stun gun and beat them with belts and extension cords.The two women were arrested on Wednesday at their home in Mardela Springs and have been charged with multiple counts of child abuse.


Men’s shelter to go 24/7Barbados, February 3, 2018: Some men who roam will now have a place to hang their hats and to call “home”..This is the promise of chairman of the National Assistance Board, Reverend Dr David Durant, who said some homeless men will soon have a 24-hour facility to learn skills so they can be reintegrated into the society.Speaking at an opening ceremony of the Proute Seniors’ Recreation Activities Centre at the Faith Wesleyan Holiness Church, Jackman’s, St Michael, yesterday, Durant said the Clyde Gollop Centre served as a night shelter for men between 6:30 p.m. and morning.


Most rapes are committed by loved ones and persons close to your family. Do not protect a rapist because of misplaced family honor or fear of defamation.


Attack on innocents: BOY, 14, KEPT WITH DUCKST&T, February 2, 2018: Officials from the Children Authority’s Emergency Response Team yesterday rescued a 14 year old special needs boy who according to reports, endured months of physical and verbal abuse at the hands of relatives at their Tabaquite home.


Cell phones key in school violenceT&T, February 1, 2018: The use of cell phones in the class and school not only disrupts the teaching and learning process but they also contribute to violence in schools which starts with cyber bullying, says second vice president of the TT Unified Teachers Association Kyrla Robertson.


No Commitment On Marital RapeBahamas, January 31, 2018: Attorney General Carl Bethel says  “the government has no firm commitment to the issue  of Marital Rape.”  He sought to bring clarity to the proposed amendment to the Sexual Offences Act last night after calls for the government to criminalize marital rape.Mr. Bethel said while the Bahamas is a signatory to a United Nation’s convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women, it signed “with reservations.” He claimed that he does not represent some international organization, but the Bahamian people.


Stopping Human TraffickingUSA, January 30, 2018: Jaboree Williams was a pimp and drug dealer who brutally abused and psychologically tortured his victims. And thanks to the joint efforts of the FBI and local law enforcement, he will spend the next 30 years in federal prison.“He preyed on vulnerable women who were having difficult times in their lives,” said Special Agent Maria Miller, who investigated the case out of the FBI’s Milwaukee Division as part of the office’s Human Trafficking Task Force. “He started by being more of a ‘Romeo’ pimp—he would act like a boyfriend and make them think they were doing this for their future as a couple.”


Crime link: Psychiatrist Issues warning on child abuseBarbados, January 26, 2018: With an estimated 50 per cent of children in Latin America and the Caribbean said to be experiencing at least one form of abuse, an official today warned that this could redound into a worsening problem of crime.Consultant psychiatrist Dr Maisha Emmanuel voiced the concern today as the issue of child abuse came under the microscope during a symposium hosted at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital by the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies and the Centre for Bioethics at the Harvard Medical School.


A Third of Secondary School Children in Eastern Caribbean At Risk of Dropping Out or FailingBarbados, Jan. 23, 2017: A ground-breaking study has found that up to 33 per cent of the children in secondary schools across the Eastern Caribbean are at risk of either dropping out or failing....


Details of alarming sex study releasedBarbados, Jan. 23, 2017: The majority – or 85%  – of Barbadian youth who have had sex before the age of 16 has done so by their 13th birthday, according to the results of a 2016 survey. The research was carried out by dance4life Barbados, which provides internationally recognized, structured behavioural intervention in 14 local public secondary schools and one private secondary school as well as the adolescent Children’s Homes and the Government Industrial Schools....


Hypertension In Children On The Rise - More Than 30,000 Kids Diagnosed With High Blood Pressure Because Of Severe Overweight Jamaica, Jan. 18, 2018: Experts are expressing alarm after discovering that in 2017, close to 33,000 children ages 10-19 years, were diagnosed with elevated blood pressure due to obesity. Professor Alafia Samuels, director of the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill, Barbados, noted that statistics showed the urgent need for action to be taken, especially at the policy level, to help persons to make healthier choices....


Sexual Offences Model Courtto Be Set Up In AntiguaAntigua, Jan 15, 2018: Antigua and Barbuda will have a Sexual Offences Model Court this year. It is being established by the Judicial Reform and Institutional Strengthening (JURIST) Project in collaboration with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC). According to JURIST Project Director Dr Penny Reedie, it is intended “to provide a timely, gender responsive and coordinated response to complainants and vulnerable witnesses involved in sexual offence cases”.











If your child tells you he or she has been abused, sexually or physically, please take action. Remember its better to be safe than to be sorry.