A date could not be set yesterday for 63-year-old farmer and contractor Milton 'Tony' Welsh, of Brandon Hill, St Andrew, to face his third trial for murder, because the notes of evidence from his previous trial are not ready.
Welsh, who is on bail, was tried in November 2007, but the jury failed to return a verdict in his murder case and a retrial was ordered. He was first tried in October 2006, but the jury did not arrive at a verdict.
Welsh, who is charged with the murder of 22-year-old Damion Hussey of Golden Spring, St Andrew, is to return to the Home Circuit Court on December 6, when the case will be mentioned.
Hussey was fatally stabbed on the evening of January 15, 2006.
RETURNING FROM POLITICAL RALLY
The Crown is alleging that at the time of the incident, passengers were travelling in a bus on their way home from a People's National Party rally for the official launch of the presidential campaign for the then Security Minister Peter Phillips.
When the bus reached Golden Spring, St Andrew, stones were thrown at the bus. Men exited the bus and enquired as to who was stoning the vehicle and Hussey was fatally stabbed.
It is being alleged that Welsh stabbed Hussey, who was not involved in the stoning incident but had just come out of his house to find out what was happening when he saw some men in his yard.
A probe is now under way into the circumstances that resulted in the death of a Chinese man at a worksite in St Catherine on Thursday.
The St Catherine North Police, who are conducting the probe, have not released the man's identity, but said he was employed to China Harbour Engineering Construction Limited (CHEC).
Police investigators say they were informed that the man was at a worksite in Mullock district, when he fell into a hole and sustained numerous injuries.
He was rushed to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is imploring Jamaican parents to play a greater role in creating a better learning environment for their children.
Thwaites said the main problem affecting the development of children in Jamaica was a breakdown in family structures.
"It is my considered conclusion, after two years in the Ministry of Education, that it is not money that is the main cramp in ensuring reasonable outcomes, both in terms of academic performance and social performances of our Jamaican children," Thwaites said.
"The main problem is weak family structure and the inability of us to craft an articulation between the home and the school, where it is really needed."
He noted that based on his observations, the children who perform well academically tend to come from families with parents or guardians who were heavily involved in their schooling.
"We, as Jamaicans, as we yearn towards a better life for ourselves and our nation, must recognise these foundation values," he added.
The minister noted that Jamaica has a long tradition of strong parenting, and "we must return to those days when the entire community - including the Church - played an integral role in educating the nation's children".
The minister was speaking at the official launch of the National Parenting Support Commission's Parent Month activities.
Jamaica has been lauded for its efforts in tackling adolescent pregnancy and supporting young mothers.
The State of the World Population 2013 report, produced by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), says Jamaica offers some programmes that could be emulated by other countries.
Referring to the Adolescent Mothers Programme established by the Women's Centre Foundation of Jamaica 35 years ago, the report states that this initiative is a "good practice programme and a model for other countries grappling with the issue of teen pregnancy".
The report says: "Over the years, the centre has succeeded in keeping the second-pregnancy rate of the adolescent mothers enrolled in its programme below two per cent."
The foundation provides continuing education to hundreds of adolescent mothers through its seven main centres and nine outreach posts across the island.
The UNFPA report also praises the island's efforts towards reintegrating teenage mothers in the formal education system.
The organisation notes that the policy on reintegration of adolescent mothers in the formal education system, which was approved by Cabinet in May 2013, is a landmark achievement that "will allow all school-age mothers to continue their education after the birth of their child".