We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
Back On Leave
President of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Professor Fritz Pinnock is to go on leave again. He is to go on special leave immediately, to allow the completion of investigations at the institution. The return of Prof Pinnock on Monday, September 30 led to questions about whether investigations at the institution had been completed. The CMU said Tuesday afternoon, October 8, the decision for Prof Pinnock to go back on leave was taken following discussions between him and the head of the CMU Board, Hyacinth Bennett.
More Teachers’ Scholarships
The Jamaica Teachers Association says sixteen members will benefit from its scholarship fund of just over $6 million, for the 2019/20 Academic year.
The Presidential scholarships were increased from six to eight beneficiaries as a result of a Partnership Agreement between the Association and JN Bank.
The Presidential Scholarships are valued at $500,000 each while the undergraduate scholarship, named in memory of the Association’s first President A. Wesley Powell is valued at $300,000.
No decision has yet been taken on the future of the State-owned oil refinery, Petrojam. Minister of Science, Energy, and Technology, Fayval Williams, says a decision will not be taken until next year. Ms Williams was speaking during a press conference in St Andrew Tuesday. She also said a search was continuing for two members of the technical committee with particular skills, after a blowback in the media when it was announced that two directors based overseas had been identified. Minister Williams said the vacancy for a human resource manager for the refinery will soon be filled. “Over the last eight months at Petrojam, there has been a transparent recruitment process for a new human resource manager. We expect that (the person) will be starting in short order,” she said.
Mayor Delroy Williams, speaking Tuesday
KSAMC Team To China
A delegation from the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) is to visit the city of Yantai, China, from Friday, October 12 to Wednesday, October 16. The party will comprise Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, Councillors Duane Smith and Audrey Smith-Facey, a member of the Corporation’s engineering department as well as a representative from the Port Authority of Jamaica. Mayor Williams told the Council meeting on Tuesday, October 8, that matters to be discussed include several infrastructure projects downtown Kingston.
Water Prohibition Lifted
The National Water Commission (NWC) has formally lifted the Prohibition Order which had made it an offense under the law to use water wastefully or excessively.
In a statement, Tuesday, October 8, the NWC said it had lifted the order as a result of increased storage levels resulting from recent rainfall.
Curfew In East Kingston
A curfew has been imposed in a section of the Kingston Eastern Division. The curfew began at 6:00 p.m. Monday, October 7 and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 9. This follows an outbreak of violence last week in the Mountain View Avenue area. One man was shot and killed. During the violence, police told people not to use a section of the major thoroughfare, Mountain View Avenue.
The boundaries of the curfew are as follows: NORTH: Along Deanery Drive from the intersection with Fourth Avenue to Mountain View Avenue; EAST: Along Mountain View Avenue from the intersection with Deanery Drive to Langston Road; SOUTH: Along Langston Road from the intersection with Mountain View Avenue to Fourth Avenue; WEST: Along Fourth Avenue from the intersection with Langston Road to Deanery Drive.