Sir Patrick to receive second knighthood
Governor General Sir Patrick Allen is to receive a second knighthood next month.
Sir Patrick will be invested as Knight of Grace in the Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem.
He received the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George from Queen Elizabeth in 2009, when he became governor general.
Professor Anthony Mellows, Lord Prior of St John, who will represent The Queen, will officiate at the ceremony to be held at King's House, next Monday morning at 9.30.
The Order of St John is an Order of Chivalry of the British Crown, which is bestowed on persons who have made outstanding contributions to the work of The Order.
CAC notes 10% increase in cost of textbooks
The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) says Jamaicans will pay an average increase of 10 per cent for textbooks this academic year.
The CAC says that finding was arrived at following a survey of 126 textbooks in 52 book outlets in the Greater Kingston Metropolitan Area and all parishes.
It points out that the increase is greater than the five per cent recorded in 2012.
The commission says the prices of secondary-school textbooks recorded an average increase of 13 per cent, compared to six per cent in 2012; while the prices of primary-school textbooks recorded an average increase of six per cent, compared to four per cent in last year.
JCF credits applicants' vetting system for $6m ganja bust
An applicant to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is among five men arrested following a $6-million drug bust in St Andrew Wednesday.
The men were arrested by detectives from the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB).
The police are crediting their vetting system, which screens applicants for the JCF for the arrests.
The police say the ACB, acting on information garnered in the screening process, conducted an operation on East Kings House Road, during which a house was searched and ganja weighing more than 600lb, and having a street value of approximately $6 million, was seized.
The identities of the JCF applicant and the four other men are being withheld, pending further investigations.
The ACB detectives say the vetting system is proving to be a formidable tool in the bid to ensure that only persons of the highest integrity and pristine character join the police force.
Ministry to tackle sixth-form space shortage
The education ministry is moving to find places for qualified students who have been unable to secure sixth-form places.
The ministry says among the options being looked at is the extension of existing sixth forms into the afternoon.
It says students who have a minimum of five Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate subjects, including mathematics and English A, and with grades one or two in the subjects they intend to study at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination level, should register with the ministry.
September 6 is the deadline for registration. Students can register by telephone at 282-1352 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.