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BY RACQUEL PORTER
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Friday, May 10, 2019

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The St Andrew South police are again appealing to residents in and around Seaview Gardens to share whatever information they have that will assist in apprehending the men who murdered 15-year-old Cleon Morgan on Monday.

The Penwood High School student was on his way home when he was stabbed multiple times by three men on Block C in Seaview Gardens, St Andrew.

Superintendent of Police Gary Francis told the Jamaica Observer on Wednesday that the cops have not received any information that could have led to an arrest.

“As a matter of fact, we are still trying to find a witness. That should not be a challenge. If you are afraid to talk, call 311,” Francis pleaded.

On Tuesday, Penwood High School Principal Donna McLaren described Cleon as decent, loving soul.

“He was respectful to all his peers and those in authority. He was here yesterday when we launched Education Week and he spoke to me in the afternoon because he does not take part in any educational activities; as school is dismissed, he’s gone home because his mother is sick,” McLaren said.

“I think, because he cared for his mother, that brought out the caring side. He was a very dear student to us. He was a promising student,” she said.

“We usually identify our students from grade nine who will be in the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) classes, and he was one of them. A very decent student, his deportment, everything was up to standard,” the principal added.

McLaren, while noting that the students are not coping with the tragedy, said counsellors from the Ministry of Education were conducting sessions.

“It is very, very sad when you have a student that dies,” she said.

On Monday evening when the Observer visited the community, the teenager’s mother, Margaret Morgan, who was scheduled to leave the island on Wednesday for medical attention in the United States, said that she was making preparations for her son to leave the community due to ongoing violence.

The mother of four, who was inside her house when she got word of the tragedy, said she became concerned minutes after three when the ninth-grade student did not walk through the gate.

“Mi say, a weh Cleon deh and a three o’clock? Him reach ’round there three 0’clock and dem hold him ’round there and stab him up. Just ’round di road deh suh, just fi come ’round here suh. Cleon nuh do nobody nutten, ask anybody,” the distraught mother said.

She said that her son was a jovial teenager who was loved by everyone.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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THE Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is now accepting applications from Jamaicans for its ‘Take a Child Home for the Holiday’ initiative.

The annual programme provides an opportunity for families to open their homes to wards of the State during the festive season. It caters to children three to 18 years old who do not have parents or guardians to take them home during the holiday period.

Speaking with JIS News, public relations and communications manager at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the agency recognises that children placed in a family environment produce better outcomes.

Initially, the ‘Take a Child Home for the Holiday’ programme was created for parents who have children in State care to take them home for the festive season.

However, over time, the programme was extended to individuals with good moral standing.

For the 2018 festive season, parents/guardians or other family members taking children home for the holidays totalled 182, while 154 applications from members of the public were approved.

Some 355 children were placed and from this amount 19 were foster- care prospects.

Dixon explained that people who qualify for the programme have the option of hosting a child for a day or during a holiday period.

Individuaols who are interested in participating in the programme are required to fill out an application form.

They are also required to provide two references from a police officer, a justice of the peace or a school principal; provide two passport-sized photographs, a valid identification card and must be 25 years or older.

The approval is granted based on the applicant’s ability to fulfil the criteria outlined, and in some cases approval is at the discretion of the children’s officer. The application may take up to 20 days to be processed.

For further information, interested individuals may visit any of the CPFSA regional offices, formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), across the island.

The deadline for submission of application is Friday, November 29.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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THE Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) is inviting entries for its child protection mascot design and name competition.

The competition, titled ‘ProtekWiPickneyDem’, is being rolled out at primary-level institutions islandwide and is targeted at children between ages seven and 12.

Public relations and communications manager at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon told JIS News that the aim of the competition is to galvanise children to design a child-friendly character that they can relate to, while learning about child abuse and protection.

The mascot will make special appearances at schools on a quarterly basis and will be used, along with a jingle created in 2018, as part of the child-protection programme.

Dixon said participants will have a chance to win attractive prizes, including a tablet, book vouchers and gift baskets, along with accolades of having designed the CPFSA’s mascot.

The school that the winner attends will receive a smart television.

Children wishing to participate can download the competition rules and guidelines from the CPFSA’s website at http://childprotection.gov.jm/ mascotdesign.

Entries should be e-mailed to prunit@ childprotection.gov.jm or dropped off at any of the CPFSA parish offices no later than Friday, November 29.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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A number of Jamaicans surveyed in the capital city yesterday have given conditional agreement to the call by some Members of Parliament (MPs) that they deserve more pay.

The Jamaica Observer sought the opinion of the public following this week’s Sunday Observer lead story in which several MPs lamented that their monthly salary of approximately $300,000 cannot suffice, as they have to use the money to support their families and help their constituents.


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