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Weekly Round-up: Abortion debate… Ja slips in corruption ranking… Crime Stop pays out $8.2m… Bolt champagne

Friday, February 01, 2019

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tensions ran high on Wednesday during the renewed debate on reform of the country's abortion laws before the Human Resource and Physical Development Committee of Parliament, which heard submissions from two impassioned individuals.

In other news, global watchdog group, Transparency International on Tuesday released its latest rankings where Jamaica continues to rank among countries that fail to make serious inroads against corruption, scoring 44 out of 100 where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018.

Meanwhile, Crime Stop Jamaica on Tuesday reported a 25 per cent increase in tips in 2018 when compared to 2017, with a total of $8,287,500 being paid out to informants.

And in sport, it was reported on Monday that Jamaica's sprint legend and budding global business mogul, Usain Bolt, has partnered with leading South African champagne brand, G H Mumm to create the 'ultimate celebrations champagne', the Mumm Olympe Rosť, which was launched last Thursday at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps this week for you.

See story links below:

Doctor warns against legalising abortions

Jamaica remains in same position on perceived corruption index

Fitch says cross-party support, fiscal council contributed to economic upgrade

Shaw to push for marijuana low in THC

Crime Stop reports over $8m paid out in 'remarkable' 2018

Residents block lower Maxfield Avenue again

51-y-o woman's throat slashed in Portland

Elephant Man faces cops today

2-y-o twin girls perish in Grants Pen blaze

Bolt toasts business career with launch of new champagne

Clovis toon