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Thwaites calls on students not to waste education resources

With only a few weeks to go before the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations are administered, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is urging students receiving Government assistance to ensure that they are present for the exams.

“It is a reproach that after getting great assistance to pay for the examination fees in selected subjects, 20 per cent of those who are entered don’t even bother to turn up for the examination…they are missing a great opportunity,” Thwaites said.

He made the appeal during the dissemination session for the School-to-Work Transition Survey at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston on Friday. Read more

Jamaica: Policeman, wife dead in murder-suicide

Investigators say a Jamaican police officer appears to have shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.

The Jamaica Constabulary Force says the 31-year-old Spanish Town policeman apparently fatally shot Latoya Campbell-Thompson at their home late Saturday, a day before her 28th birthday.

Early Sunday, detectives found the corpse of Constable Davian Thompson in a nearby drainage gully with a gunshot wound to his head. He was clutching a revolver.

Thompson was on temporary suspension from the police force for his involvement in a shooting incident last year. Details of that shooting were not immediately available.

Tonique Williams: We want to beat Jamaica – Golden girl speaks on Bahamas’ past, present and future

She may have retired in 2008, but the competitive spirit still seeps through the veins of Bahamian 400 metres standout Tonique Williams.

What is also true is that despite stepping off the track, Williams, who has won 12 medals for The Bahamas at the junior and senior international levels still feels very strongly about the ever-growing Jamaica/Bahamas rivalry – particularly at the age group level. Read more