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March 01, 2018
This little boy was seen playing with half of a tricycle in Thompson Town, Clarendon, recently. It is not uncommon for Jamaican children to play with odd or broken toys.
Volney Barrett

Bright young journalist dies

The journalism fraternity was on Wednesday plunged into deep mourning following the shocked passing of the Western Mirror's Volney Barrett, one of the profession's brightest and fastest-rising stars.

Barrett, 32, died at approximately 2 a.m. at his home in Montego Bay, St James, after complaining of severe pain, which he started experiencing following his regular dialysis treatment.

"I am not exactly sure about my feelings right now," said Janet Silvera, president of the Western Jamaica Media Association (WJMA), and also friend of Barrett.

Barrett suffered kidney failure about two years ago and spent time in and out of the hospital.

Publisher of the Western Mirror Lloyd B Smith said Barrett started working with the newspaper after graduating from Cornwall College at age 17.

Nearly $50m for Dover Castle repairs

Work is now under way to reconnect the main road between Linstead, St Catherine, and Guys Hill, St Mary, which was severed in the community of Dover Castle in May 2017, during heavy rainfall.

Following the major rain event, residents created a temporary road through a nearby farm. The National Works Agency (NWA) subsequently assisted in making this temporary road more accessible to all vehicles.

According to the Manager of Communications and Customer Service at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, the affected section of the road, which runs parallel to the Rio Magno, is to be rehabilitated, following the completion of river training works which are now under way. The works are being done through a contract valued $49.2 million.

Chamber of Commerce wants new commish

The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) says it hopes that the Police Service Commission (PSC) will announce the next police commissioner in a timely manner. The application for the job ended last week.

The JCC is not persuaded that the candidates to be considered should exclude the officer corps of the JCF.

"We do not accept the premise that the top rank of the JCF is bereft of individuals with the requisite skills, integrity, and independence of mind to get the job done. It is our view that whoever is selected must not only have the capacity to perform, but must also be properly resourced if he or she is to produce the quantifiable results that Jamaica needs both in the short and long term. From our perspective, the best qualified person should be appointed no matter what his or her antecedents may be."

Gov't wants more people to retire

Two hundred and sixty public-sector workers have so far registered for the Government's Special Early Retirement Programme (SERP), which closed yesterday.

The figure is likely to increase by March 2 when Human Resource Departments across government complete the uploading of all the persons who have applied to the programme.

The Government had targeted 1,800 persons for the programme, which is aimed at reducing the size of the public sector.

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