Your news in a nutshell
- More PEP prep
- Fee not required for overseas jobs
- Shaw wants to grow mother farm initiative
- Two charged in multiagency money laundering probe
- Ja elected to UN ECOSOC
- J’can imprisoned in Cayman
Education Minister Ruel Reid has assured principals and teachers that it’s all systems go for the implementation of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) by September and that everything will be in place for the new school year. But Reid’s affirmation was not sufficient as teachers raised questions about the time that they have to get more familiar with the new material, telling the minister that they were uncomfortable with PEP because they needed more training. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
Concerned that vulnerable job seekers are being defrauded by some employ-ment agencies, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has advised that the charging of a fee for job placement under the H-2B programme is prohibited. The ministry said it has taken note of a Sunday Gleaner article, which highlighted the recent attempt by one employment agency to misappropriate money paid by a United States-based company to assist with the processing of documents for Jamaicans selected to work at a number of companies in the US. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
3. Shaw wants to expand mother farm initiative
Audley Shaw, the minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, is expressing a desire to expand the ‘mother farm’ concept, which allows for large companies to enter into partnerships with small and medium farmers to provide them with an avenue to sell their crops. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
An engineer at the government-owned company National Energy Solutions Limited (NESOL) is one of two persons facing corruption-related charges following a multiagency investigation that culminated with the seizure of more than $30 million in cash and four luxury vehicles last week. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
Jamaica was among countries elected on Wednesday, June 13 to serve on the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) for the 2019-2021 term. Brazil and Paraguay were the other two countries elected in the Latin American and Caribbean regional grouping. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
A Jamaican man has been sentenced to six years in prison in the Cayman Islands after he was convicted of wounding with intent for hitting his supervisor on the head with a hammer. According to a report from the Cayman News Service, 33-year-old Dain Damean McPherson was going about his usual work routine when the attack occurred. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.