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July 21, 2018
This little one beats the heat by taking a swim in Rocky Point, Clarendon.

Sagicor Foundation assists UHWI

The Sagicor Foundation yesterday officially handed over much-needed medical equipment to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) to help with improving the care they provide for patients on the paediatric ward.

The items are valued at more than $16 million. They include six adult reusable temperature probes and a Fast Alert Advanced Patient Alarm.

Kevin Allen, CEO at the UWHI, expressed his gratitude to the Sagicor Foundation for the equipment and noted how thankful the hospital staff is for the items received.

Education ministry, NPTAJ to stage PEP sessions

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is partnering with the National Parent-Teacher Association (NPTAJ) to stage a series of information forums on the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).

Chief education officer at the ministry Dr Grace McLean said the islandwide events will commence during the last two weeks of August and will include presentations from Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid and other officials, who will "provide more detailed information for the parents".

"We will go through some of the fundamentals that persons who are engaged in assisting our students would need to know," Dr McLean said.

PEP, which will be administered for the first time in 2019, replaces the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary-school placement examination.

Airlift expansion to boost tourism

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said expansion of airlift from the emerging markets of Germany and Latin America is guaranteed to take Jamaica's tourism to levels never before seen in the entire region.

Bartlett was speaking at the official welcome reception for the Germany-based Eurowings and Panama's Copa Airlines at the Sangster International Airport in St James this week.

Both airlines will have non-stop flights from Munich and Panama City, respectively, coming to Montego Bay.

"Airlift is critical to our product. It is responsible for the numbers we are now seeing coming out of Germany and also from out of Latin America. Strategic airline partnerships have been a cornerstone of Jamaica's tourism success," Bartlett said.

Bartlett further noted that the increasing number of visitors who are attracted to the destination, the expansion of the tourism sector and linked services, and the increasing importance of tourism to the social and economic development of the island demand "a reliable air-transport service".

Wolmer's family mourns late principal 

The entire Wolmer's family is mourning the loss of Eric Coleridge Barnett, the longest-serving headmaster of the Wolmer's Trust High School for Boys.

The Wolmer's Trust, chaired by Milton Samuda, issued a release yesterday lauding Barnett for his years of service.

"Himself a Wolmerian, Barnett led the school at a critical time in its exceptional history and influenced an entire generation of Wolmerians," a section of the release read.

Barnett was noted as "a historian and teacher of history". It was said that "teaching and service were in his blood".

His local and international teaching career, which took him to England, Scotland and Belize, "prepared him for his most important, longest and [most] deeply rewarding challenge, that of headmaster of his alma mater".

Condolences were extended to his entire family, particularly his children Alan, Alison, Karen and their respective families.

Attorney arrested on forgery charges

Attorney Jerome Dixon, 39, was arrested and charged by investigators from the Fraud Squad at the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigations Branch (CTOC) for breaches of the Forgery Act on Thursday.

He has been charged with forgery, uttering forged documents and demanding property with forged documents.

On March 23, 2018, Dixon lodged an Instrument of Transfer document and a court order with the National Land Agency with information giving directives for a property in Harmony Hall, St Mary, owned by the complainants, to be transferred to one of his clients.

Investigations subsequently revealed that the Instrument of Transfer document purportedly signed by a registrar at the Supreme Court was forged.

The court order purportedly signed by a judge at the Supreme Court was also forged, along with another document signed by a justice of the peace for Kingston.

The Instrument of Transfer document was lodged at the Commissioner of Taxes Office, where a sum of $1.4 million of transfer taxes was paid by Dixon's client for the property.

A report was made to the Fraud Squad, following which investigations led to Dixon's arrest and charge. He was offered bail in the sum of $400,000. A court date will be announced soon.

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