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Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Report child abuse - DPP

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, has called on Jamaicans to be vigilant in looking out for signs of child abuse, even within their own families, and to be courageous in reporting any such incident.

She made the call while responding to questions at a human-rights forum held last week at the University of Technology's Papine campus.

"How many of you are prepared to stand up and be counted if members of your community, or your family, or your yard, are abusing children?" the DPP questioned.

She pointed out that the protection of children, and other vulnerable persons in the society, is everyone's responsibility.

"When we are talking about concerns for rights, I want each and every one of you to examine yourself and tell me what you have done lately, not only to make yourself aware of the rights, but to protect the rights of those who are vulnerable and are living within your community," she said.

Ja has high ambitions for renewable energy - Paulwell

The Government is aiming to make Jamaica the leading country in the Caribbean in the use of renewable energy, while significantly reducing energy use across the public and private sectors.

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell cited the Wigton Wind Farm expansion project in Manchester, work under way in Clarendon to create the largest solar facility in the Caribbean, as well as the transformation of Government agencies into energy-efficient buildings, as just a few of the measures being undertaken to make this mission a reality.

He was delivering the keynote address at the official handover ceremony for energy-efficient retrofits at the Jamaica Information Service last Thursday.

The energy solutions, which include solar-control film on windows, cool-roof solutions, and overhaul of the air conditioning (a/c) system, were provided under the Energy Efficiency Conservation Programme, aimed at reducing energy costs across the public sector.