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Published:Tuesday | December 18, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Al Miller
Fr. Ramkissoon
Ian Hayles

Hayles' reassignment now official

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has confirmed that state minister Ian Hayles has been reassigned to the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change.

Hayles, who had previously been appointed to the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, has reportedly been at odds with Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke.

The OPM said the reassignment was effective last Friday and that Robert Pickersgill, minister of water, land, environment and climate change, would advise of his specific assignment at a later date.

Al Miller to know fate in Feb

Reverend Al Miller will know on February 8 next year if his conviction for negligence resulting in the loss or theft of his licensed firearm will be quashed by the Court of Appeal.

Miller, who is the pastor of the Fellowship Tabernacle in St Andrew, was fined $80,000 or three months' imprisonment after he was convicted. The fine has been paid.

Miller had claimed, in his statement to police investigators, that he left the gun in his car when he and his daughter stopped at the Mico Practising Centre in St Andrew in January last year to pick plums.

The Court of Appeal reserved its decision yesterday.

Ramkissoon submits plan to house wards

A written proposal has been handed over to the Ministry of Youth by the head of the Mustard Seed Communities detailing his plans to house teenage girls who are now in adult lock-ups.

Minister of Youth Lisa Hanna had made the request of Monsignor Gregory Ramkissoon following an offer from the Catholic priest.

Ramkissoon's suggestion followed the reported suicide of 16-year-old Vanessa Wint at the Horizon Adult Remand Centre last month.

Ramkissoon has said the proposal entails his charity and three other organisations forming a body which will deal first with the removal of girls who are not criminally charged from police lock-ups.

JTA welcomes GSAT changes delay

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) has welcomed the delay in the implementation of proposed changes to the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

A revised GSAT was expected to be rolled out next academic year.

However, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said the changes to the GSAT would take longer than expected as more time is needed for the syllabus to be altered.

JTA President Clayton Hall said he believed the delay would allow for more fulsome consultations on the changes.

He said a delay would also ensure that the proposed changes are carefully thought out before they are implemented.

The education minister has said that, as a first step, the content of social studies and science would be altered for the examination in 2014.

The announcement of the proposed GSAT review came as sections of the society renewed calls for significant changes.

Parents have also complained that the exam in its present form causes undue stress on students.