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Jamaica Records Decline in Murders in 2014 First Quarter

CMC – Jamaica recorded a 12 percent decline in murders during the first quarter of this year, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has said.

Last year, Jamaica recorded 1,200 murders as compared to 1,097 in 2012.

Delivering the traditional Throne Speech at the start of the new Parliament on Thursday, Sir Patrick said that there had also been a 13 percent decline in the overall category of serious crimes.

According to the head of state, fatal police shootings for the first quarter of 2014 had dropped by over 50 percent, reflecting better operational planning and improved community co-operation.

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African Women See More Rights on Paper – But Where Are The Benefits?

A new study by the research group AfroBarometer finds that despite a flurry of new laws against gender violence, for political participation and other benefits, Africa's women still suffer a disadvantage in education, jobs and political participation – three major areas.

Afrobarometer surveyed more than 50,000 people in 34 countries for its report. It found women across Africa are less likely than men to register to vote, and are significantly less likely to participate politically, such as protesting, contacting leaders or attending community meetings.

"Women seem to still be facing discrimination, not only in the workplace, but also in the courts and in their communities," said Samantha Richmond, one of the report's authors, who is based in Cape Town.

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Congresswoman Waters Applauds President Obama's Equal Pay Day

Executive Actions, Calls for Paycheck Fairness Act Passage

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-43), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today on Equal Pay Day which symbolizes when, more than three months into the year, women's wages finally catch up to what men were paid in the previous year. According to U.S. Census Data, American women still earn only 77 cents to every dollar made by a full-time working man.

"As we mark Equal Pay Day, I applaud President Obama's executive actions today to help combat pay discrimination and strengthen enforcement of equal pay laws for women. The President is signing an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss their pay with each other. The President is also instructing the Labor Department to establish new regulations requiring federal contractors to submit compensation data paid to their employees, including data by sex and race.

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