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Ministry details guidelines for public schools funding

REID... says the addition of two more schools to the standard choice of five has resulted in an eight per cent jump in the number of students who will be attending their preferred secondary school in SeptemberBryan Cummings

THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has announced details of the arrangements for the funding of secondary schools for the 2016/2017 school year. These changes are in keeping with the long-term goal of ensuring equity and access for all, and the provision of quality education, Educat ... Read More

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz (right) converses with Fabian Brown, councillor-caretake for the Trafalgar Division during  the Area One Council meeting yesterday. Gov’t on growth path
SENIOR members of the Government yesterday said the Administration was moving in the right direction ... Read More

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley (left), presents the winning trophy to Campion College team members (from second left), Jenine Shepherd, Jillian Edwards and Maliic Graham, who copped first place in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Schools Energy Programme competition. Young Jamaicans urged to join energy revolution
YOUNG Jamaicans have been urged to join the energy revolution and pursue careers in the renewable in ... Read More

Foreign Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith greets Ambassador of Cuba to Jamaica Bernardo Guanche, when he called on her at the ministry in New Kingston on Thursday. The upcoming visit of the deputy minister of trade for Cuba was discussed, along with the recently signed security and maritime agreement; the Seventh Summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), scheduled for June; and cooperation programmes in education and health were also discusssed. Jamaica and Cuba are now in their 43rd year of diplomatic relations. Cuba awards 8 medical scholarships
EIGHT young Jamaicans have been awarded medical scholarships to study in Cuba for the 2016-2017 acad ... Read More

Vendor killed, wife injured in Portland

Monday, June 27, 2016    

(File photo)

PATRICK Brown, a 55-year-old vendor from St Catherine, was shot and killed about 10:00 pm Saturday in the vicinity of the Buff Bay market in Portland. His wife Michelle, 45, was also shot and injured in the incident. Reports are that the couple was packing up to leave when they were approached by three masked men who made certain demands. One reportedly pulled a gun and shot Brown, while another shot his wife in her hand. They escaped in a motor car. The couple was taken to the Annotto Bay H ... Read More

Global open data index ranking improves

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology  Dr Andrew Wheatley (right) uses a laptop to access the Open Data Portal at its launch on June 24 in Kingston. Country manager of the World Bank Galina Sotirova (left) looks on. In the background  (from left) are Chief Information Officer in the ministry, Louis Shallal, and Director of Technology Gary Campbell.

JAMAICA is currently ranked 37 out of 122 countries on the Global Open Data Index, moving from 61 two years ago. This was disclosed by Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley at the launch of the Open Data Portal on June 24 at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), in St Andrew. The portal is an online database which provides government data in machine readable form using open- source software. The information is free and can be accessed by the general public. I ... Read More

Minister says labour ministry can be part of growth agenda

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Shahine Robinson, Minister of Labour and Social Security

PORTFOLIO Minister Shahine Robinson believes the Ministry of Labour and Social Security can be repositioned as a flagship component within the Government’s economic growth agenda. “I believe that if we fulfil our mandate by advancing programmes that are already in place and complementing these with others, we can truly make a difference in the lives of the Jamaican people,” she said. To this end, Robinson has committed to further improve the quality of customer service delive ... Read More

National hosts business advice function for Bold Ones participants

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Gary ‘Butch’ Hedrickson (right), Continental Baking Company’s chairman and managing director, with members of his team and young manufacturers in this year’s Bold Ones programme. Back row (from left) Selwyn Davis of Ettenio; Antoinette Davis of Ettenio; Michael Dunkley of Tritronic Electronics; Garfield Spence of Tritronic Electronics; Steven Sykes of Continental Baking Company; and Oral Turner of Turner Innovations. Front row (from left): June Harris of Shavuot International; Marie Wilson of DeJaFrut; Maria Wilson of DeJaFrut; Allison Turner of Turner Innovations; Hellen French of Coldbush Organics; and Averelle French of Coldbush Organics.

YOUNG manufacturers participating in this year’s ‘Bold Ones’ programme were hosted by the organisers, National Continental Baking Company, at a corporate mingle designed to help them with their businesses. The function, which took the form of a dinner at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, allowed the participants to ask questions, discuss challenges, and get advice on business-related issues. Butch Hendrickson and members of his National team hosted this year’s ... Read More

Fierce urgency for strong school leadership — Rattray

Monday, June 27, 2016    

RATTRAY... outstanding schools are those with strong leadership

EDUCATIONAL leadership professional Dr Renee Rattray says there is a “fierce urgency” for stronger leadership in the nation’s schools if education is to be used as one of the planks to support the economic thrust for national development. Speaking ahead of the upcoming leadership summit being organised by the JN Foundation for school leaders from July 25-26 in Kingston, Dr Rattray, who is also director, education programmes at the foundation, underscored that strong leadershi ... Read More

Project for additional tax office space in Manchester delayed

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, June 27, 2016    

The James Warehouse Plaza in Mandeville is the proposed location for additional space for the tax office.Photo: Gregory Bennett

MANDEVILLE, Manchester – Plans for additional space at the tax office here have been delayed following concerns voiced by administrators in Kingston. The cramped space at the tax office on South Race Course Road in Mandeville has long been a cause for concern. In addition to the limited space inside the building, parking is an issue. The Manchester Parish Council has been lobbying the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Finance for funds to refurbish a space at James Wareh ... Read More

PM meets Netherlands delegation

Monday, June 27, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (second left), having a light exchange with the Vice Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Lodewyk Asscher (second right), in Panama yesterday. Others (from left) are Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry; Jamaica’s Ambassador to Mexico Sandra Grant Griffiths; the Netherlands Ambassador to Panama, Dirk Janssen and the Netherlands Ambassador to Caricom Lucita Moeniralam. Both delegations are in the country for the official opening of the expanded Panama C ... Read More

Legacies of slavery and freedom

By PENDA HONEYGHAN Observer writer | Monday, June 27, 2016    

Humphrey Barclay (left) and Keith Stokes, chat with acting head of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies Professor Beverley Bryan, and Professor of Social History Verene Shepherd (right) at the seminar. (Photos: Aston Spaulding)

A 2008 dream of University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor of Social History Verene Shepherd to witness a reunification between ancestors of an African-Jamaican boy known to many as Little October, who along with 27 other slaves were emancipated in 1795 by their owner Quaker David Barclay in one of the most famous mass emancipations in Atlantic World history, was on Thursday actualised at the UWI regional headquarters in St Andrew. The historic meet was held under the theme, ‘Legacies ... Read More

Stocks, pound fall again due to UK vote uncertainty 

Monday, June 27, 2016 8:02 AM    

LONDON (AP) — European stocks and the pound fell further on Monday as concern grew over the potential economic costs of Britain's vote to bring its country, the world's fifth-largest economy, out of the European Union. The British pound, which last week plunged to its lowest level since 1985, dropped another 2.4 per cent to $1.3352, despite the British Treasury's reassurances that the economy was strong enough to withstand the uncertainty. European stock markets added to their painful lo ... Read More

ONLINE READERS COMMENT: No to Mike Henry High

Monday, June 27, 2016 7:56 AM    

Dear Editor, We the past students of Denbigh High School thank Member of Parliament Mr Mike Henry for all that he has done, is doing and will do for our alma mater, but we do not support the suggested name change of the school in his honour. Throughout the years Mr Henry has undeniably contributed to the development of our school including donating containers so that the school’s music room and gym could be built. In addition, he is most times present at school events including graduatio ... Read More



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