Three more tuberculosis cases found at Kingston Central lock-up
The health ministry has confirmed that three cases of tuberculosis were diagnosed among inmates at the Kingston Central police lock-up in July.
This brings to seven the number of cases identified at police lock-ups in Kingston since January.
But Neville Graham, director of communications in the health ministry, is stressing that there is no outbreak.
He says the cases did not originate at the facility, but in the communities from which the inmates came.
Graham says investigations, in accordance with standard protocols, are ongoing.
The inmates have been isolated and are still receiving treatment.
School administrators defend mandatory auxiliary fees
The umbrella groups representing principals and vice-principals are defending the decision to make auxiliary fees mandatory for secondary schools.
The Jamaica Association of Principals and Vice-principals says the payment of the contentious fees by parents represents a contribution to offset the cost of their children's education.
The Ministry of Education pays $11,500 per annum for tuition per student.
However, according to Sharon Reid, president of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, while administrators are grateful for the ministry's contribution, it is not adequate to cover all the bills that schools face.
She says schools are aware of the financial situation of many parents and have implemented payment plans to assist.
Mortality rate falls in Latin America, Caribbean
A new World Bank report states that with the exception of young men, most people in the Caribbean and Latin America are living much longer than they did 40 years ago.
The report also says the mortality rate in the region has dropped by at least 80 per cent for children four years old or younger and by more than 50 per cent for women between the ages of 20 and 44.
For men between the ages of 15 and 19, however, the mortality rate has increased by one per cent, largely due to deaths from road injuries and rising violence.
Gov't bureaucracy, crime named as major setbacks to doing business in Ja
Jamaica has climbed three places on the Global Competitiveness Index, now placing 94 out of 148 countries.
The country ranked 97th out of 144 countries last year, and 107th out of 142 the previous year.
The World Economic Forum's 2013-2014 Global Competitive-ness Report released on Wednesday looks at the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country.
The level of productivity, in turn, sets the level of prosperity that can be reached by an economy.
The report notes that the most problematic factors for doing business in Jamaica are inefficient government bureaucracy and crime, including theft.
The report also notes that corruption, tax rates, access to financing and the poor work ethic of the national labour force are also affecting the country's competitiveness.