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88 potential police recruits fail polygraph screening

Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams (Photo: Michael Gordon)

COMMISSIONER of Police Dr Carl Williams yesterday disclosed that 88 of 191 potential recruits to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) recently failed the required polygraph screening for enlistment. The JCF, in April, introduced polygraph screening for recruits as part of its strategy to prevent co ... Read More

On a given day about 5,000 vehicles use the North-South link of the highway; that’s about six times less than what the operators expected it to be. No toll hike yet
Mike Henry yesterday insisted that the Government has not granted an increase in the toll rates for ... Read More

Jamaica Constabulary Force members wear body cameras as part of a pilot project launched yesterday at the Office of the Commissioner of Police on Old Hope Road in St Andrew. (Photo: Michael Gordon) Police get first set of body cameras
THE Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) was yesterday presented with 120 body cameras from the United S ... Read More

Dr Horace Chang JLP says Phillips desperate and reckless
THE Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has categorised as “desperate and reckless” a recent stat ... Read More

Jamaica’s adult literacy rate now at 87 per cent

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Deputy Executive Director and director of education services at the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) Dr Grace-Camille Munroe.

The Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) is reporting that the country’s adult literacy rate is now at 87 per cent. Deputy Executive Director and Director of Education Services at JFLL Dr Grace-Camille Munroe said this is very positive, as the island is coming from a rate of 50 per cent in 1974. She noted, however, that Jamaica is still lagging behind some of its Caribbean neighbours. Dr Munroe, who was addressing a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on Tuesday, said that in term ... Read More

Gov’t to remove barriers to tertiary education — Green

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, speaks at the 15th annual East Central St. James Education Trust’s tertiary scholarship awards ceremony, held at the IberoStar Resort in Rose Hall, St. James, on August 23.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green says the Government, through the ministry, is working to eliminate barriers which continue to prevent qualified students from matriculating to tertiary institutions. Green, who was speaking at the 15th annual East Central St James Education Trust’s tertiary scholarship awards ceremony, at the Iberostar resort in Rose Hall, St James, on Tuesday, said the ministry has policies in place to assist. “It ha ... Read More

Gov’t signs fringe benefit agreement for public sector workers

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Minister of state with responsibility for the Public Service, Rudyard Spencer (left), signs the Heads of Agreement for the contract period 2015/2017 which allows for certain fringe benefits to public sector workers of central ministries, departments and agencies of Government, at the Finance and the Public Service Ministry in Kingston on Wednesday. At right is Jamaica Civil Service Association of Jamaica president O’Neil Grant.

The Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) and the Government have signed off on certain fringe benefits peculiar to central government workers, under a Heads of Agreement for the contract period 2015/2017. The signing took place at the offices of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service in Kingston, on Wednesday. Among the benefits are grants from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service to assist public sector workers with tertiary education; the establishment of a government work ... Read More

Judge vows to lock away bus, taxi operators who molest minors

By Racquel Porter Observer staff reporter porterr@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 26, 2016    

A little girl looks out the back window of an over loaded taxi.

Senior Parish Judge Judith Pusey has vowed to keep off the streets bus and taxi operators who are charged with having sexual intercourse with minors. Pusey made the comment on Wednesday as she refused a bail application for a bus conductor charged with having sex with two minors. “It is the nightmare of every parent who put their daughters on the bus. They are the people who pay me; it is my job to protect them. I want a man to understand that when you come before the court with this t ... Read More

Murder only serious crime moving up

BY KARENA BENNETT Observer staff reporter bennettk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 26, 2016    

A Jamaica Observer file photo of police at a crime scene in Kingston.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has reported a 2.4 per cent increase in Jamaica’s murder rate for the first six months of the year, when compared to the corresponding period in 2015. Outside of murder, the country, however, had a 22.8 per cent decline in category one crimes which are sub-divided into two groups – serious and violent crimes and acquisitory crimes – in keeping with the classifications of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Category one crimes include murde ... Read More

FLOW targets 700 children for free medical checks at Skool Aid

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Members of the dental team at work during FLOW Skool Aid 2015.

Telecommunications firm FLOW says at least 700 children will receive medical checks at this year’s staging of Skool Aid scheduled for Sunday, August 28 at Jamworld entertainment centre in Portmore, St Catherine. More than 80 health care professionals will be on location to provide free services. Given the expected large turnout, FLOW’s Vice-President of Marketing and TV Carlo Redwood is encouraging individuals to secure their tickets for entry to the venue beforehand. The tickets ... Read More

‘Make use of your headstart’

BY MARC RISDEN Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 26, 2016    

Education Minister Ruel Reid greets some of the Victoria Mutual Building Society bursary awardees at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Friday.

USING Justin Gatlin’s failed attempt to win the gold medal in the 100m final at the recent Rio Olympics as an analogy, the Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) has warned students against squandering opportunities they receive. Addressing 54 students of various high schools and universities at its Head Start Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Knutsford Court Hotel, in St Andrew last Friday evening, vice-president of distributions Christopher Denny argued that while head starts provide ... Read More

JIS seeks submission for annual heritage competition

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Winners, parents, teachers and sponsors gather on the steps of King’s House after the JIS 2015 Heritage Essay and Poster competitions award ceremony.

The Jamaica Information Service ( JIS ) has launched its inaugural Heritage Photo Competition under the theme ‘I am a Sports Champion’. Students attending tertiary-level institutions are invited to submit entries depicting the theme. The photo competition will complement the agency’s highly successful annual heritage essay and poster competitions. All three competitions will be open for submissions on September 5 and will close on November 6. Special projects manager and ch ... Read More

More emphasis to be placed on teaching civics in schools — PM

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (left), greets recipients of the 2016 Grade Six Achievement Test awards, who are children of staff members at the Office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Office, at a ceremony held on Wednesday at the OPM in St Andrew.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government will ensure that more emphasis is placed on the teaching of civics in school, to counteract the many values being presented to the society. The prime minister said the foundation of the State — the culture — is being challenged by information coming from places with experiences and notions that differ from “how we see things”. “So, there has to be a constant reinforcement of what are the values of the Jamaican soci ... Read More

JFLL’s first cohort of students to earn five CSEC subjects to graduate in October

Friday, August 26, 2016    

Deputy Executive Director and director of education services at the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) Dr Grace-Camille Munroe.

The Jamaica Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) will host a graduation ceremony in October for the first cohort of students who were successful in five Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects. This was achieved under its two-year-old High School Diploma Equivalency (HSDE) programme. Addressing a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’, deputy executive director and director of education services Dr Grace-Camille Munroe said participants took part in the proficiency level of t ... Read More



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