Samuda to discuss school security with JTA

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KARL Samuda, the minister responsible for education, says he will be meeting with the president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) this week to discuss the urgent issues affecting security and safety in public schools.

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Holness moving to fill vacant Senate seat, Cabinet post

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says he will be moving quickly to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Pearnel Charles Jr from the Senate and the Cabinet in order to meet the requirements of the constitution.Charles Jr recently resigned to contest Clarendon South Eastern parliamentary by-election, scheduled for March 2. The constitution requires that at least two Cabinet members be appointed from the Senate.

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Greg Christie is back

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GREG Christie, who has been picked to lead the day-to-day operations of Jamaica’s leading anti-corruption agency, the Integrity Commission is ready to roll once he walks into the job on May 18.

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Accused in murder of boy, 8, appears in court today

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OCHEST Rose, the man charged with the murder of eight-year-old Galen Buchanan, is to appear before the court today.The accused was initially scheduled for the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Tuesday but was not brought as expected.

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PM: Kari Douglas has a future in politics

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has welcomed the switch by former People’s National Party Councillor Kari Douglas to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), which surprised some political pundits.Speaking outside Gordon House following the ceremonial opening of Parliament Tuesday, Holness said Douglas, who is sitting councillor for the Trafalgar Division in St Andrew, has a future in politics.

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JLP using Clarendon by-election to test ‘pulse of the people’

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday said that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will be using the Clarendon South Eastern by-election, scheduled for March 2, to test the organisation of the ruling party and the pulse of the people, as the country prepares for the general election constitutionally due in 2021.

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Improved access to water coming for 180,000 more Jamaicans

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APPROXIMATELY 180,000 rural residents will be provided with potable water in the 2020/21 legislative year.This was disclosed by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen when he delivered the Throne Speech at Tuesday’s ceremonial opening of Parliament, under the theme ‘Towards a Decade of Growth to Anchor Our Peace and Prosperity’.

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US Gov’t drops NIA

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The United States Government will not renew its funding of National Integrity Action (NIA) when the current agreement ends next month. Instead, Ambassador Donald Tapia says Washington is to direct that money to improving Jamaica’s judicial system .

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Post for love, panellists tell teens at Internet summit

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A panel assembled for the Flow Safer Internet Day Teen Summit, at Karram Speid Auditorium at Merl Grove High School in St Andrew, encouraged the more than 600 students to make authentic posts of what they love, instead of “doing so for likes”. The panel discussed the topic: ‘The Internet is broken, how can we fix it?’ and was moderated by 18-year-old Isheba Cornwall, head girl of Exclesior High School.

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Jamaicans encouraged to get vaccinated against flu

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Minister of Health and Wellness Dr Christopher Tufton is again calling on Jamaicans to get vaccinated against influenza (flu).Speaking at a media briefing at the ministry’s offices in New Kingston last week, the minister said persons should practise good hygiene, including the washing of hands with soap and water, and covering the mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing to curtail the spread of the viral infection.

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