Call for more judges in Court of Appeal
Acting president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Hazel Harris, is calling for swift appointment of additional judges to the Court of Appeal.
"It is my fervent request that the authorities treat this matter as urgent and put in place the requisite machinery to have additional judges installed as early as possible," JIS quoted her as saying.
Justice Harris was speaking yesterday at the swearing-in of five judges by governor-general, Sir Patrick Allen, at King's House.
She said an increase in the current complement of judges was critical to address many of the shortcomings in the system.
There are currently seven judges serving the Court of Appeal.
Sovereign Centre traffic changes
There are traffic changes coming to the Barbican Road entrance and exit to the Sovereign Centre complex.
A notice in the Wednesday Gleaner, signed by the centre's management, said it was complying with new traffic regulations to be enforced by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). Starting September 23, motorists travelling along Barbican Road, coming from the National Chest Hospital area can no longer turn right to enter the complex. Only motorists who turn on to Barbican Road from Hope Road, thus turning left to enter the complex, will be allowed. This goes for both the delivery and customer entrances.
Motorists exiting the complex at the Barbican Road end can no longer turn right, heading for the Old Hope Road/Hope Road/Matilda's Corner intersection. This also applies for both the delivery and customer entrances. Head of the JCF Traffic Division, Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis, explained that the police took the decision because they were bombarded with complaints from motorists.
MPs need greater research support, says Shaw
Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, Audley Shaw, believes the Government needs to provide parliamentarians with greater research support as they seek to effectively fulfil their duties.
His comments follow a World Bank report which recommends, among other things, that members of parliament be trained in fiscal matters and oversight frameworks.
In responding to the report, Shaw noted that capacity building for parliamentarians has been a long-standing issue which needs to be addressed.
He added that committees like the one he chairs have a lot of in-depth work to do that is being hindered by a lack of research material.
Cecil Charlton dies
The town of Mandeville is in mourning following the passing of former mayor and popular businessman Cecil Charlton yesterday morning.
Charlton died at the Mandeville Regional Hospital at the age of 88 after ailing for some time.
He was regarded as an icon in the parish of Manchester who played an integral role shaping the town of Mandeville. Charlton elevated Mandeville to being branded as the cleanest town in Jamaica in the 1970s. He was also noted for his tireless work in community service.
The Cecil Charlton Park and the Cecil Charlton Hall are monuments to his work in Mandeville.
He was mayor of Mandeville in 1974 and again in 1977 and represented both the People's National Party and the Jamaica Labour Party.