The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) in Jamaica has released mind-boggling data revealing that close to 70,000 cases of child abuse were reported in Jamaica over eight years, from 2007. The data also show a disturbing increase in the number of cases reported in 2015. OCR Registrar Grieg Smith, reported that 13,948 reports were received in 2015, this represents an increase of about 19 per cent over the previous year.

The Donald Trump-led government’s hard line on illegal immigration has Haitians in South Florida on edge. The Haitians are afraid that a special statuswhich allowed some 58,000 of them to stay in the United States as their nation recovered from a devastating 2010 earthquake may not be renewed. Former President Barack Obama approved Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the wake of the earthquake. It is up for renewal on July 22, but many Haitians fear it won’t be extended, sending them back to an impoverished country where 750,000 people still don’t have safe water for drinking and cooking.

The use of a church cemetery by Barbadian prostitutes have drawn the ire of parishioners at the St Patrick’s Cathedral. During a funeral service yesterday, church administrator Father Charles Dominique disclosed that the ladies of the night were using the cover of night to conduct their business and then leaving behind condoms on the compound of the Bay Street, St Michael Roman Catholic church.

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And in sports.

West Indies Jason Mohammed smashed a brilliant 91 from 58 deliveries as West Indies drew first blood against Pakistan in Guyana in their One Day International series. Mohammad struck 91 from 58 deliveries as the Windies successfully chased down Pakistan’s 308-5 with six balls remaining at the Guyana National Stadium on Friday.

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Legal advisor to the Coral Gardens Benevolent Society, Miguel Lorne, has described the apology issued by the Jamaican government to the Rastafarian community for the Coral Gardens Massacre as unsatisfactory. Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, had on Tuesday apologized and announced that a J$10 million fund for reparations to the victims had been set aside. Some 21 families have been identified as being victims of the assault by agents of the state. But Lorne was not impressed and said the apology should be to the entire Rastafarian community as many others who had nothing to do with the incident were treated harshly by the police and the general public.

For Tomorrow’s weather forecast.

It will be partly cloudy with isolated showers in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties with a high of 82 and a low of 64. For more on these and other stories visit us at Make sure to pick your copy of Caribbean News weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet