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  1. No immediate shift to zoning of schools – Reid
  2. Holness seeks understanding for budgetary dilemma in fight against crime
  3. Health Department concerned about sewage in Rio Cobre
  4. Man convicted of murder
  5. Patrick Powell begs for mercy
  6. Another Hanover killing

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1. No immediate shift to zoning of schools – Reid

A proposed formal policy for the zoning of secondary schools will not be in place for the 2019 implementation of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), which is slated to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), stated Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information. See full story on The Gleaner website.

2. Holness seeks understanding for budgetary dilemma in fight against crime

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is urging Jamaicans to accept that less money will ultimately be spent in some areas as funds are reallocated to fight the massive crime problem now facing the nation. “If gangs or crews are your most critical threat, then shouldn’t you make allocations from your Budget to reflect [that]? That is the problem politicians face. How to convince the public that the threats that are critical to them should align to the budgetary allocation,” Holness said. See full story on The Gleaner website.

3. Health Department concerned about sewage in Rio Cobre

The St Catherine Health Department is warning persons along the Rio Cobre to avoid coming into contact with the water due to the continued presence of raw sewage from a National Water Commission (NWC) plant. Acting Chief Public Health Inspector for St Catherine, Grayson Hutchinson, says the NWC is yet to complete repairs to broken sewage mains connected to its De La Vega Oxidation Ponds. See full story on The Gleaner website.

4. Man convicted of murder

A St Catherine man who doused his ex-girlfriend, Sanchez Clayton, with gasoline then set her on fire after showing up at her home to see her with another man has been convicted of murder. A seven-member jury voted unanimously to find Christopher Locke, 39, guilty of the gruesome killing, which took place in Portmore, St Catherine in October 2011. See full story on The Gleaner website.

5. Patrick Powell begs for mercy

Three times yesterday, businessman Patrick Powell insisted that he did not refuse a request by police investigators in 2007 to hand over his licensed Glock pistol and ammunition for inspection. Instead, Powell said that when the request was made of him by Superintendent Clive Walker, he chose to invoke his right to remain silent. See full story on The Gleaner website.

6. Another Hanover killing

Blood continued to flow with impunity in crime-plagued Hanover as rampaging gunmen snuffed out yet another life on Wednesday night. The latest killing brings to five the number of persons brutally murdered in the parish since Tuesday. See full story on The Gleaner website.

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