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Yallahs councillor disqualified
A by-election has been ordered for the Yallahs division of the St Thomas Municipal Corporation after the Supreme Court yesterday voided the election of Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Dean Jones.
Jones won the November 28, 2016 local government election by 125 votes over the People's National Party's (PNP) Constantine Bogle.
Bogle later went to court to have Jones disqualified on the grounds that, at the time of the poll, he was not a resident of the division and that he was also a public servant, both in breach of electoral laws.
Chief Justice Bryan Sykes ordered that an election be held in the division "in the shortest possible time." The decision gives the PNP a 5-4 advantage in the St Thomas Municipal Corporation.
Road-patching works to roll into more parishes
The National Works Agency (NWA) says phase two of the spray-patching programme is set to get under way next week.
Stephen Shaw, manager, communication and customer services at the NWA, said the programme will benefit the parishes of Westmoreland, Kingston, Manchester, St James and St Andrew. He said that approximately 4,750 square metres of roadway will be patched in each parish over a two-week period.
Spray patching involves the repairing of potholes with the application of a mixture of asphalt emulsion and stones with the use of a high-pressure machine that uses compressed air.
Patching works have already taken place in Kingston, Portland and St Catherine and is set to wrap up in another two weeks in Clarendon.
Cops issue Champs warning
The police are advising patrons who will be attending the Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) Boys and Girls' Championships this week that no firearms, knives, ice picks, machetes, aerosol sprays, large igloos, glass bottles, lighters, frozen water or drinks, DVD or video recorders, alcohol and umbrellas with pointed tips will be allowed inside the venue.
Additionally, no smoking will be allowed inside and persons found in breach may be asked to leave the stadium.
Licensed firearm holders are being advised to make alternative arrangements for the safekeeping of their firearms, as no provisions will be made at the venue or at the Stadium Police Station.
Holmwood gets new classrooms
The Holmwood Technical High School in Christiana is set to open new classrooms at the Manchester-based institution. The opening is scheduled for this Friday at a ceremony to be addressed by board chairman Dr Clifton Reid.
The building of the new classrooms was made possible through a donation of US$21,000 (approximately J$2.7 million) from the NY Chapter of the powerful Holmwood Past Students' Association. The rapid growth of the student population to 1,300 has heightened the need for the upgrading of the infrastructure. The upgrading is being done in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Past Students' Association.
In addition to the new classrooms, the South Florida Chapter donated a range of equipment, including refrigerators, stoves, and a washing machine, to the Home Economics Department. The Past Students' Association has also installed a security system at the school, contributed cash, labour and other resources to renovate and upgrade the living facilities.