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February 09, 2021
Sister Janice Daley (left), acting maternity ward manager, Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, and Tanesia Tomlinson (right), hospital administrator speak with Carla Drummond, branch manager, Sagicor Bank, Savanna-la-Mar branch, about the benefits of a newly donated patient monitor. The equipment was among items donated to the hospital’s maternity ward from funds raised in the 2020 staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run.
Sister Janice Daley (left), acting maternity ward manager, Savanna-la-Mar Hospital, and Tanesia Tomlinson (right), hospital administrator speak with Carla Drummond, branch manager, Sagicor Bank, Savanna-la-Mar branch, about the benefits of a newly donated patient monitor. The equipment was among items donated to the hospital’s maternity ward from funds raised in the 2020 staging of the Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run.
Antoinette Aiken is one of the better known exponents of the Jamaican Sign Language.
Antoinette Aiken is one of the better known exponents of the Jamaican Sign Language.
Justice Paul Harrison
Justice Paul Harrison
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Man charged for cousin's murder

A St James man has been charged for the murder of his cousin. Police said that Jerome Kerr, 20, otherwise called Bull, labourer of Hendon, Norwood, stabbed his cousin, 37-year-old Kenroy Cox, also of Hendon, Norwood, and killed him.

Reports from the Montego Hills police are that about 10:15 p.m. last Thursday, Kerr and Cox got into an altercation, during which Kerr used a knife to stab Cox several times. Cox was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Kerr later turned himself in to the police. He was charged after he gave a caution statement.

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Judges salute late Justice Paul Harrison

Chief Justice Bryan Sykes said that Paul Harrison's skills as a trial judge, his judge craft and court management were unmatched.

Harrison, former president of the Court of Appeal, died on Sunday.

"Justice Harrison by virtue of his integrity, both as a person and judge, contributed significantly in establishing the high reputation for independence of thought and rigour in judicial decision making that our Judiciary enjoys today," Sykes said.

Justice Patrick Brooks, president of the Court of Appeal, hailed Justice Harrison as an exemplar of correct judicial demeanour and a first-class jurist.

"Many of the judges of this court remember him making presentations at several judicial seminars, assisting younger colleagues and guiding magistrates and clerks of court in honing their craft. He did so in his smooth, unruffled manner, which was his trademark on and off the bench. Justice Harrison was always measured in his speech and even tempered and polite in his approach," Brooks said.

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Tertiary students gifted laptops

GraceKennedy Foundation (GKF) has presented laptops valued at more than $1 million to seven tertiary students, who are part of its scholarship programme. The handover took place during a ceremony at GK Headquarters in downtown Kingston last week.

"I honestly wouldn't have been where I am today if it wasn't for all the Foundation has done for me," Alexis Williams, a student at Immaculate Conception High, said.

Caroline Mahfood, CEO of the GraceKennedy Foundation, said the organisation is invested in the holistic development of the GK scholars.

"When we award a student a scholarship, the support from GKF doesn't end there. We also ensure they have all the necessary tools to pursue their education. Last year the COVID-19 pandemic moved most university classes online, and students without Internet enabled devices for school have been at a significant disadvantage when it comes to participating in online classes. We are happy to have been able to provide this much-needed equipment for our scholars so that they can excel in their studies," Mahfood said.

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Persons urge to sign up for sign language training

The Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) has commenced registering new applicants for the Jamaican Sign Language (JSL) Level One and Two training course, which is scheduled to start in March.

Deniese Badroe, director for the JAD's business development division, has encouraged first responders and service providers to register for the courses.

"We train persons to communicate and interact with deaf or hard of hearing persons, whether they are on the job, at church or on the street [as] we are trying to create an inclusive society," she said.

Persons who have successfully completed the course will receive a certificate in Jamaican Sign Language.

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