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Legacy to be focus of Jamaica Day

These bright-eyed girls were spotted in their bandana outfits last year at Culture Day celebrations at Jamaica House Basic School in St Andrew.File photo

PLANS are in high gear as schools at all levels of the education system prepare to celebrate Jamaica Day tomorrow. Jamaica Day is celebrated annually as part of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information effort to instil the spirit of nationalism that is necessary for the social and cultural ... Read More

St James man abducts, molests 11-y-o girl
A man from Norwood, St James, is scheduled to face the court next month after he allegedly abducted ... Read More

Man pleads guilty for 2011 murder of lecturer, husband
OCHO RIOS, Ann — One of the two men charged for the August 23, 2011 murder of Discovery Bay co ... Read More

Residents blocked sections of the March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Monday following the police fatal shooting of 18-year-old Andrade McDonald. March Pen Road residents want police post open
RESIDENTS of March Pen Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, are demanding that the police post in the ... Read More

PAJ names education grant recipients

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

PAJ President Dionne Jackson Miller

The Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) on Tuesday announced the first set of recipients of its education grant programme for college students of communications and media studies. The winners of the grants are Gabrielle Thompson of Northern Caribbean University; Justice Okeugo of the University of the West Indies Western Jamaica campus; Crystal Taylor of the University of Technology; and Brittany Brown of the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC). The grants, which opened dur ... Read More

Work advanced to establish Jamaica Centre for Tourism and Innovation

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett (centre) in discussion with acting executive director, Tourism Product Development Company, Joy Roberts (right), during the presentation of the 2016 Tourism Service Excellence Programme semi-finalists at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday. At left is Junior Advisor to the minister, Giselle Jones. (Photo: JIS)

Work is advanced to establish the Jamaica Centre for Tourism and Innovation, which will target training and certification for the hospitality industry’s labour force. This was disclosed by portfolio minister Edmund Bartlett during the presentation of the 2016 Tourism Service Excellence Programme (TSEP) semi-finalists at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday. The centre aims to create a certified workforce based on academic skills and competence. It will serve to accelerat ... Read More

Payments on investment instruments next financial year

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Money

The Government is slated to make nearly $116 billion in payments on investment instruments next fiscal year. This sum is contained in the 2017/18 Estimates of Expenditure now before the House of Representatives. The allocations include $75.9 billion for repayment on Jamaica-dollar benchmark investment notes; $15.24 for partial redemption of Government-issued treasury bills, pursuant to the Treasury Bills Act, for short-term financing to meet temporary cash requirements arising from revenue-inf ... Read More

This Day in History - February 23

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Ireland

Today is the 54th day of 2017. There are 311 days left in the year. TODAY’S HIGHLIGHT 2000: Preston King, a black man who refused induction into the Army in the 1960s because the all-white draft board wouldn’t address him as “Mr”, returns to the United States for the first time in 39 years after receiving a presidential pardon. OTHER EVENTS 1573: Irish rebellion is crushed with surrender of James Fitzmaurice; pacification of Perth ends fighting in Scotland between Reg ... Read More

Top cops spend time with student leaders

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Assistant Commissioner of Police Fitz Bailey shovels dirt on his newly planted cedar tree at his alma mater, Prospect College, in St Ann. The school’s Principal Gregory Wint (left) and students look on..

Members of the Police High Command and assistant commissioners of police are set to host lunchtime forums with students from select schools as part of the initiative ‘Youth Leaders Power Lunches’. The initiative forms part of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s 150th anniversary celebrations. The police, in a release from the Corporate Communications Unit on Wednesday, said approximately 20 students from the top cops’ alma mater are expected to participate in the power lun ... Read More

Suicide bomber identified as British citizen of Jamaican origin

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Iraqi security forces evacuate comrades wounded in an explosives-laden vehicle attack claimed by Islamic State group, as the troops advance towards the village of Husseinyah, south of Mosul on February 20, 2017, during the offensive to retake the western side of Mosul. (Photo: AFP)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — A suicide bomber from the Islamic State group was a British citizen detained at Guantanamo Bay, a family member told The Timesnewspaper yesterday. The British fighter, who IS claimed detonated a suicide bomb against Iraqi forces outside Mosul, was named in British media as Jamal al-Harith, who was detained at the United States base between 2002 and 2004. An image released by IS and published on Monday by the SITE Intelligence Group was confirmed as al-Harit ... Read More

Trump to lift transgender bathroom guidance

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

Donald Trump

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — The Trump administration will revoke federal guidelines that tell public schools to let transgender students use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity, the White House said Wednesday. The decision would be a reversal of an Obama-era directive advising public schools to grant bathroom access to students in line with their expressed gender identity and not necessarily the gender on their birth certificate. White House spokesman Sean Spi ... Read More

Immigrants change up routines, brace for arrest

Thursday, February 23, 2017    

BOSTON, USA — Wilfredo Mendoza (left) of Boston and Christina Villafranca of Malden display placards during a rally called “We Will Persist”, on Tuesday in Boston. According to organisers the rally was held to send a message to Republicans in Congress and the Administration of President Donald Trump that they will continue to press for immigration rights and continued affordable health care coverage. (Photo: AP)

CALIFORNIA, USA —In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrants have signed powers of attorney authorising relatives and friends to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents. In Philadelphia, immigrants are carrying around wallet-size “Know Your Rights” guides in Spanish and English that explain what to do if they’re rounded up. And in New York, 23-year-old Zuleima Doming ... Read More

J'can teacher among 10 finalists for US$1m Global Teacher Prize

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 8:54    

Tracy-Ann Hall

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A Jamaican teacher is among 10 finalists selected from a pool of 20,000 nominations and applications from 179 countries for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2017. She is Tracy-Ann Hall, an automotive technology teacher at Jonathan Grant High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine. Now in its third year, the US $1 million award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to recognise one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the p ... Read More

Gov’t to spend £410k promoting Jamaica in London

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 10:05    

Ruel Reid

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Cabinet has approved the creation and operation of a ‘Jamaica House 2017’ in London, covering the IAAF World Athletics Championships during the period August 4 –13. The disclosure was made by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid at a post-Cabinet press briefing this morning at Jamaica House. He said that the project, which is an integrated marketing activity to promote brand Jamaica and generate excitement in relation to d ... Read More



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