Attorney happy Shrewsbury murder case transferred
The case of the two policemen charged with the murder of 28-year-old firefighter Andrew Brydson, 24-year-old Triston Brydson, and their 38-year-old cousin, Kingsley Green, in Shrewsbury, Westmoreland, is to be transferred to the Trelawny Circuit Court on November 11.
Supreme Court Judge Paulette Williams granted an application by the prosecution for a change of venue for the trial, when constables Kenroy Hines and Damane Campbell appeared on Tuesday in the Westmoreland Circuit Court.
Last month, attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie, who is representing the policemen, raised concerns about the hostility which the public had displayed towards the men in the precincts of the court. He said the men could not get a fair trial in that parish.
Yesterday, Champagnie said he welcomed the change of venue because the case could not be tried in Westmoreland as a result of the attention it attracted in that parish.
The prosecution had asked for the case to be sent to Kingston, but the judge said it was not likely that the policemen would get an early trial because of the large number of cases for trial in the Home Circuit Court.
Jonathan Grant High to get new block as it moves to eliminate shift system
A modular 12-classroom block is to be built at Jonathan Grant High School in St Catherine as part of a move to take the school off the shift system.
The contract for the construction of the building has been awarded to Ashtrom Building Systems Limited in the amount of $54.2 million.
Jonathan Grant High, which was built to accommodate 1,200 students, currently operates a shift system and has a student population of 2,279.
Canadians consider Jamaicans 'strong students'
A senior official of the Canadian government's Trade Commissioner Service is pleased with the performance of Jamaican students in Canadian tertiary institutions.
"We have scholarships that are dedicated only for the Caribbean countries, and the Caribbean students - particularly the Jamaicans - are really strong students," said Senior Trade Commissioner Rick McElrea.
He admitted international education was expensive and posed a challenge to many countries, but the students that do go to Canada - and there are a few hundred that do go - they do very well".
He added: "They do well in their academics, and they do well after they graduate."
McElrea was speaking with The Gleaner during Day Two of the three-day 2013 Caribbean Regional Education Tour on yesterday. Representatives of 24 Canadian colleges and universities are in the island offering overseas study information. McElrea noted an increased interest from Jamaica, which had about 80 schools this year.