JC old boys not rushing to get Reid out

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PRESIDENT of the local chapter of the Jamaica College (JC) alumni, Major Basil Jarrett says the old boys are allowing due process to take its course in the situation involving Principal Ruel Reid and his contractual arrangements with the institution.

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Companies urged to establish health and wellness programmes

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THE Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA) is encouraging more corporate entities in St James to establish health and wellness programmes for employees. Regional health promotion and education officer at the WRHA, Marcelene Wheatle said more than 20 corporate entities in the parish have taken steps to develop a health and wellness programme for staff, but the authority is making an effort to engage more companies to join the thrust.

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Gov’t allocates $200 million for R&D at local universities

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MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke says that the Government is budgeting $200 million this year in a special fund to promote research at local universities.

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Senate delay

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THE Senate yesterday delayed closing the debate on the Tourism Workers Pension Bill, which is aimed at creating a defined contribution pension scheme for workers in Jamaica’s tourism industry.

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Work and no pay

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MEMBERS of the new-look Integrity Commission are concerned that they are yet to receive any emoluments for their work.This was one of several issues raised by the chairman of the commission, retired Court of Appeal Judge Justice Karl Harrison, in his remarks in the commission’s First Annual Report 2018/19, which was tabled yesterday in the Senate.

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New justice centre opens in St Elizabeth

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A new justice centre was Thursday officially opened on Coke Drive in Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth by Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck.The facility was funded as part of an agreement between the Government and the European Union (EU), and is intended to help clear backlogs and give the people in the parish increased access to justice services.

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STATIN to conduct crime victimisation survey

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THE Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) will be conducting the Jamaica National Crime Victimisation Survey (JNCVS) between September and November 2019 to gather people’s perception of public safety and the criminal justice system.The survey will allow for a better understanding of people’s views of safety in their communities, their confidence in law-enforcement agencies, and the socio-demographic details of the victims.

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A working elevator… at last

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SEVEN months after the media highlighted a malfunctioning elevator that forced pregnant women, mothers with newborn babies and staff to climb several flights of stairs, the hospital now has a functioning lift.In fact the hospital, the largest maternal facility in the Caribbean, is slated to benefit from an additional three elevators at the end of the financial year.

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Police officer jailed for raping his 11-year-old

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ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — A High Court judge has sentenced a St Vincent and the Grenadines-born police officer to 16 years in jail, after he was found guilty of having sex with his 11-year-old child in 2017.Justice Iain Morley issued an order restricting publication of the names of the parties to the case to protect the victim, who was reportedly bullied in school after word of the incident got around.

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PHOTO: Farewell

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Security Minister Dr Horace Chang (centre) and permanent secretary in the ministry, Dianne McIntosh, bid outgoing chargé d’affaires at the United States Embassy in Jamaica, Eric Khant, farewell during his visit to the ministry’s New Kingston offices on Wednesday.

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