News in brief
Ministry appoints substitute principal for Hopewell High
The education ministry has appointed an acting principal for Hopewell High School in Hanover following news that the institution's principal was sent on leave by the board.
The ministry says Leonie Dunwell will act as principal in the absence of Joyce Irving.
Irving has reportedly been sent on leave to allow the board to conduct an investigation into allegations of financial management breaches by the school's administration.
The education ministry says its regional office in Montego Bay will continue to provide assistance to the board and management of Hopewell High.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has approved the actions of the board.
Male officers not responsible for girls - corrections department
The Department of Correctional Services has rejected suggestions that female wards at the South Camp Correctional Centre for Girls are primarily under the watch of male correctional officers.
It says of the 128 members of staff, 59 are female correctional officers; 52 are male correctional officers, and 17, female civilian staff.
The department says the male correctional officers are primarily responsible for the security of the compound.
It also says the male correctional officers on duty in the sentry boxes cannot see into any of the female dormitories.
US braces for snowstorms
Parts of the US are braced for potentially record-breaking low temperatures as a polar vortex brings more freezing weather.
A winter storm has already blanketed areas of Canada and the northeastern US with up to two feet of snow.
It has been blamed for 16 deaths in recent days and the cancellation of some 3,700 flights.
Schools have been closed in several US states and residents urged to stay indoors for their own safety.
The plunging temperatures result from the polar vortex, an anti-clockwise pool of cold, dense air.
Potential Tivoli enquiry commissioners identified
In another two weeks, the names of potential commissioners who will preside over the Tivoli commission of enquiry should be before Cabinet.
A reliable source yesterday indicated that the process to identify potential commissioners was ongoing.
In July 2013, The Gleaner reported that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been working alongside the Jamaican Government to identify potential commissioners.
At that time, the organisation had provided the names of some international candidates, from which one of the commissioners could be selected.
In the wake of the May 2010 clashes between the security forces and gunmen loyal to convicted crime lord Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, the United Nations provided assistance with resources to carry out forensic examination of the materials recovered.