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  • GSAT to Go Ahead Next Week as Planned – Senator Reid

    March 14, 2018 2:00 PM 6

    Minster of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will go ahead as planned on March 22 and 23. Speaking with JIS News on Tuesday (March 13), Senator Reid encouraged parents to do revision with their children at home to support the work being done by teachers in preparation for the exams

  • Aunt of murdered deaf-mute begs criminals

    March 14, 2018 2:00 PM 4

    Scores of persons cried openly on Sunday at the thanksgiving service for Omar Newton, a speech- and hearing-impaired man who was murdered during a robbery in Top Hill, St Catherine, in January. During a tribute for her nephew at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Pennington, Donna Newton-Wright implored his killers to confess and repent. "They shouldn't

  • Weather Update: Cold front across Cuba expected to bring showers to the island

    March 14, 2018 12:46 PM 6

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica is reporting that a cold front that is now across southern Cuba is expected to bring increased rainfall across Jamaica starting late this afternoon through to Friday. The island should expect periods of showers which may be heavy at times, with possible thunderstorms mainly across northern

  • US Embassy offers notarial services by appointment

    March 14, 2018 5:33 AM 5

    Q: I need a document notarised by a US notary, and not a Jamaican justice of the peace. Can the US Embassy help? Please note that all individuals requiring notarial services must present valid, government-issued photo identification, such as a passport or driver's licence. Jamaican voter registration cards are not accepted. The name on the document to be notarised

  • Teacher refuses to strike -Says it would hinder students' education

    March 14, 2018 5:00 AM 7

    With teachers opting to stay home for three days as a sign of protest over the Government's latest wage offer, one teacher is sticking by her decision not to join the unofficial strike. Jody Titus-Maxwell, an educator for 11 years, who has worked at Glenmuir High School in Clarendon since September last year, teaches Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination

  • Finance minister tables second supplementary estimates

    March 14, 2018 3:46 AM 5

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, tabled the Second Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure for the 2017/18 financial year, in the House of Representatives today. The figures show that the Budget has been revised upwards from $805.4 billion to $815.2 billion, an increase of $9.78 billion. The estimates

  • O-Wrap: Don't be wrong and strong... Cayman men charged with smuggling J'can... Meeting called to restore normalcy in schools

    March 14, 2018 12:38 AM 8

    A white former Connecticut university student accused of smearing body fluids on her black roommate's belongings has been allowed into a probation programme that could result in criminal charges being erased from her record. Two men from The Cayman Islands have been charged with human smuggling and assisting with the illegal departure of a Jamaican

  • Driver to serve 12 months in prison for Bog Walk Gorge crash in which six persons died

    March 13, 2018 7:20 PM 13

    El Frego Slew, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with the deaths of six persons in the Bog Walk Gorge in July 2016, will serve 12 months in prison. Slew was sentenced on Friday in the Home Circuit Court after he pleaded guilty to six counts of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving when he appeared in the St. Catherine Circuit Court on December

  • Queen's School principal denies reports of early closure yesterday

    March 13, 2018 7:04 PM 6

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Principal of Queen's School Jennifer Williams has denied reports carried in the Jamaica Observer that her school was among several Corporate Area School that was closed early yesterday, as result of a three-day sick-out by teachers. In the article it was said that students from several schools, including, Queen's, were seen returning

  • Bartlett to host tourism pension scheme sensitisation seminars

    March 13, 2018 7:04 PM 6

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett and other ministry officials will be meeting with individuals employed in the tourism sector, to discuss plans for the introduction of the much-anticipated Tourism Workers' Pension Scheme. “I am personally inviting all persons employed within the sector to join us for these very important seminars