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Published:Friday | June 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Sacked Half-Way Tree Primary principal looks to reinstatement

Carol O'Connor-Clarke, the educator fired from her post as principal at the Half-Way Tree Primary School last year, says she expects the reinstatement process to begin immediately, after the Teachers' Appeals Tribunal quashed her dismissal.

Last year, the school board fired O'Connor-Clarke for exhibiting improper conduct in responding to the board chairman, Robert Lawrence, about a complaint from a parent in February 2013.

However, yesterday, the Teachers' Appeal Tribunal overturned the July 2013 decision on the grounds that the board was improperly constituted.

Westmoreland men electrocuted while picking breadfruits

Two Westmoreland men were electrocuted in separate incidents Wednesday, while attempting to pick breadfruits.

In the first case, 28-year-old Denval Kerr otherwise called 'Rummi' of Cherry Lane, Three Miles River in Westmoreland was killed at his home.

The police say Kerr was attempting to pick breadfruit from a tree Wednesday morning when the bamboo he was using got entangled in electrical wires.

The second incident involved 57-year-old Frank Drummond a farmer of Moreland district, Little London.

Tourism consultant Clive Taffe is dead

The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment and the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) have expressed sadness at the passing of Clive Eugene Taffe, who was a consultant to the JTB.

He also served as regional director of the JTB and in fact, worked for more than 40 years in the tourism industry.

A statement from the Ministry of Tourism said that his lifetime of work was dedicated to the JTB, as he worked in various capacities promoting destination Jamaica.

Samuda mum on reasons for quitting

The outgoing treasurer of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Karl Samuda, is refusing to comment on claims that he resigned from the post because of frustration.

On Wednesday, the JLP general secretary Dr Horace Chang confirmed that Samuda tendered his resignation to party leader Andrew Holness.

According to Chang, Samuda had been contemplating the need to refocus his attention on his portfolio and his constituency as well as other areas of organisation within the JLP.

However, Gleaner sources say Samuda appears frustrated with matters concerning his role as party treasurer.

It is understood that the party has been accepting donations without the knowledge of Samuda and that financial transactions are being undertaken without his input.