Education ministry intervenes in Glenmuir Prep dispute

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THE Ministry of Education has intervened in the dispute involving administrators at Glenmuir Preparatory School in Clarendon and parent Juliet Johnson-Clarke, after the woman was asked to withdraw her son from the institution.

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Tourism security audit not a knee-jerk reaction to bad press, says Bartlett

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The security audit being conducted at hotels and attractions islandwide is not a reflex reaction to recent stories in the overseas media that paint Jamaica in a negative light, Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has assured.

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Gov’t to table 2nd supplementary budget today

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The House of Representatives will resume sitting today, following the Christmas break. However, the focus of the meeting will be on the second supplementary estimates, and not crime.There was no indication from either Gordon House or Jamaica House that Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips will speak on their two-hour-long meeting last night at Vale Royal.

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Cabinet approves full roll-out of Tablets in Schools Programme

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CABINET has approved the full roll-out of the Tablets in Schools Programme, in 1,106 educational institutions, and a pilot ‘Bring Your Own Device’ initiative in 25 schools. Education, Youth and Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid made the disclosure during his back-to-school broadcast on Sunday.

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House committee to discuss SOE findings with police, army today

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THE conditions under which detainees were held during the State of Public Emergency (SOE) in St James will be the at the centre of discussions at today’s meeting of the Internal and External Affairs Committee of Parliament, where police commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson and Chief of Defence Staff Major General Rocky Meade will appear.

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Maroon celebration

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Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange in conversation with Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left) and Colonel Ferron Williams of the Accompong Maroons at the celebration of the 281st signing of the treaty with the British and the birthday of Captain Kojo in Accompong Town, St Elizabeth, on Sunday. (Photo: JIS)

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1.3 million Jamaicans have jobs, says finance minister

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AN estimated 1.3 million Jamaicans reported to jobs, in various industries across the island, as of yesterday.The announcement was made by Dr Nigel Clarke, minister of finance and the public service, in his remarks at the Guardian Life Limited’s “Staff Blast Off” held last Friday at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.

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Polite talks

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Government and Opposition representatives emerged from Vale Royal last night after approximately two hours of talks that were described as cordial, despite the deep divide between them over the continued use of the state of public emergency (SOE) as a tool to combat criminality.

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NWC abandons plan to fix Mandela pipeline

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THE National Water Commission (NWC) says that approximately 18,000 customers in the Corporate Area are experiencing challenges with an intermittent water flow or low pressure.

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Danger!

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The electricity pole in Barbican, St Andrew, near the Jacks Hill Road intersection, has been leaning more and more despite complaints by residents. One resident who called the Jamaica Observer yesterday said she has been complaining about the condition of the pole since last October but all that was done was the use of a piece of metal to firm up the bottom, which she said is not enough, and should instead be changed. (Photo: Norman Thomas)

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