6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. More courtrooms needed
  2. Hampton principal apologises
  3. Hampton principal gets two weeks leave
  4. Jamaica School of Hospitality coming
  5. Violence spilling into schools
  6. ‘INDECOM is making it worse’

1. More courtrooms needed

The Chief Justice Zaila McCalla says there is now an urgent need for more court rooms and human resources to address the significant increase in criminal cases committed to the Circuit Courts for the Hilary Term. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Hampton principal apologises

The principal of the Hampton School Heather Murray has issued an apology for her action at the bail hearing of Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke a week ago. Clarke is before the St Elizabeth Parish Court on a charge of having sex with someone under the age of 16 years. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Hampton principal gets 2 weeks leave

The embattled principal of the St Elizabeth-based Hampton School Heather Murray has been sent on two weeks leave. The Education Ministry says Murray is also expected to go for professional counselling services given what was described as her recent emotional stress. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Jamaica School of Hospitality coming

The government is to spend $400 million to construct a school and hotel to train individuals to take up high-level jobs in the tourist industry. The announcement was made by tourism minister Edmund Bartlett at a post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House this morning. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Violence spilling into schools

Principals say conflicts escalate to dangerous levels outside institutions’ walls. The bloodletting taking place in Clarendon is starting to spill into many of the schools, with some students getting caught in the orgy of violence affecting the parish. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. ‘INDECOM is making it worse’

The continued arrests of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is not going down well with some residents of Havana Heights in Clarendon who claim that the investigatory body is making things easier for the criminals. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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