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Published:Saturday | July 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
  • Cops charged in prisoner's escape for court July 25

The case against three police personnel who are facing corruption charges related to the unlawful release of a prisoner from custody in 2013, was yesterday deferred to July 25, following the cops' appearance in the Montego Bay Resident Magistrate's Court.

Constables Kirton Green, Raymond Johnson and Alicia Hutchinson are charged in connection with the release of prisoner Greg Taylor from the Freeport lock-up in Montego Bay on January 30, 2013. They had their bails extended by presiding magistrate Wilson Smith when they appeared in court yesterday.

Green, Johnson and Hutchinson had been undergoing trial, following which their attorneys prepared no-case submissions on their behalf.

A fourth police, Constable Kaye Falconer, is charged with harbouring a fugitive after Taylor was recaptured at her home by a police team on February 24, 2013. She is booked to appear in court on July 9.

  • Thousands to be employed in NYS summer programme

The National Youth Service (NYS) is spending more than $90 million on a Summer Employment Programme in which 4,500 youngsters will be placed in jobs over a six-week period, beginning on Monday, July 7.

In an interview with JIS News on July 2, at an orientation for participants from St James at the Methodist Church Hall in Montego Bay, deputy director of community service at the NYS, Nickeisha Lindsay, said the young persons will be placed in both public and private-sector entities for three weeks.

"The participants were selected from high schools and tertiary institutions across the island. We insisted that all participants possess at least three CXC passes in order to be a part of the programme. We also insisted that a part of the cohort for placement this year must include disabled persons," she said.

  • Health ministry to develop North Coast trauma plan

The Ministry of Health is currently exploring plans for the development of the North-West Corridor Trauma Plan, which is a proposal to expand the corridor from Negril to St Ann to improve trauma care.

Under the plan, the capacity of the St Ann's Bay, Falmouth, Cornwall Regional and Noel Holmes hospitals and the Negril Health Centre will be improved to ensure that they are able to effectively manage trauma cases and accept referrals, where necessary.

  • Students performing better - Taylor

Sociologist Dr Orville Taylor says students in Jamaica today are performing far better than their predecessors.

"When I look at the results in CAPE for 2013, our students are doing far better when compared to the A levels that I did, the numbers are better," Taylor said during his keynote address at the valedictory service for the Frome Technical High School's class of 2014, which was held at St George's Anglican Church in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland, on Thursday, under the theme "Soaring to Higher Heights, Reaching for the Stars."

"In fact, you are doing better than most of Jamaica's prominent high schools were doing in my time," Taylor continued. "You are not perfect, but don't let anyone tell you that you are not going to make it, because you are demonstrating excellence."