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Police woman collapses and dies

Police personnel at the Falmouth Police Station in Trelawny have been plunged into mourning following the death of a colleague this morning.

Reports to Irie FM News are that about 6:20 a.m., a female officer attached to Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) collapsed while on duty and was rushed to hospital where she died.

Police are awaiting the autopsy to determine the cause of death.

JPS to roll out prepaid electricity service year end

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it is working to ensure that the roll out of its prepaid electricity service at the end of this year will be smooth and without incident.

The company is now conducting a pilot project with residential customers in Portmore, St. Catherine until the end of next month.

Private schools face closure

Some private schools could face closure, as a result of the reduced number of students expected for the new academic year in September.

President of the Jamaica Independent Schools' Association (JISA), Pastor Wesley Boynes says private schools will have it hard, as their enrolment and subsidy from government have been cut.

Life imprisonment for man accused of killing Trinidadian teacher

The taxi operator who was found guilty of the murder of Trinidadian schoolteacher Michelle Coudray-Greaves was sentenced to life imprisonment in the Montego Bay RM Court today (July 23).

48 year old taxi operator Ivan Taylor, was ordered to serve 30 years before being eligible for parole.

Coudray-Greaves went missing on June 2, 2012, two days after arriving in the island.

Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and Jevene Bent summoned to court

The magistrate presiding over the court case against well known pastor Al Miller, is insisting that outgoing Police Commissioner Owen Ellington and former Deputy Commissioner Jevene Bent attend court tomorrow (July 24) to facilitate the trial.

Miller is charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice after then fugitive Christopher Dudus Coke was found in his motor vehicle along the Mandela Highway in St. Catherine in 2010.

The trial did not get underway in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate Court today as expected.

Road fatalities up by 12%

There has been a 12 % increase in the number of persons killed on the nation's roads so far this year, when compared to the corresponding period last year.

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is reporting that 175 persons have been killed since the start of the year.

This figure is 19 more than the 156 persons killed during the corresponding period last year.

Police close in on suspect in abduction and murder of 2 St. James children

Police say they are hot on the trail of the suspect in the abduction and murder of two St. James children whose bodies were found in Trelawny last Tuesday.

The bodies of 10 year old Meleeka Mitchell and 12 year old Omari Sterling were found in a pond in Hague Trelawny, two days after they were reported missing.

The two were among a group of children who had gone to the beach with a man said to be family friend. That man is said to have mental issues.

Parliament pays tribute to the late Sir Howard Cooke

Parliamentarians paid glowing tributes to the late former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke at a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament this morning (July 23).

In a special joint sitting of both the Upper and Lower Houses, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller stated that he was an inspiration to all Jamaicans from his humble upbringings to his journey to King’s House.

Roger Clarke goes overseas for surgery

Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke is to travel to the United States this weekend to undergo surgery to correct a back ailment.

A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister this afternoon (July 23), says Mr. Clarke has assured Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller that based on the best advice of his doctors and the nature of the operation to be performed, he is expected to make a full and timely recovery.

Decline in birth rate means fewer GSAT students

The Education Ministry says a decline in the population has resulted in fewer students sitting the GSAT exam over the last 5 years.

Chief Education Officer at the Ministry, Dr. Grace McLean states that 52,000 students sat the Grade Six Achievement Test in 2009, compared to 39,000 this year.

This is 13,000 fewer students.

Dr. McLean states that the decline in population was part of the reason the Ministry was able to place 96 % of Gsat students in full high schools this year.

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