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February 23, 2021
In this file photo, Keron King is getting ready to deliver schoolwork to his students, via bike taxi.
In this file photo, Keron King is getting ready to deliver schoolwork to his students, via bike taxi.
Fayval Williams
Fayval Williams
Members of the Mounted Police during the ceremonial opening of Parliament last Thursday.
Members of the Mounted Police during the ceremonial opening of Parliament last Thursday.
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Gov't moves to reduce teenage pregnancy

The National Family Planning Board (NFPB) is to launch a Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Campaign, entitled Live Life Before You Give Life.

Marion Waysome McIntyre, behaviour change communication coordinator with the National Family Planning Board, said the project came about because there was a need to reduce the adolescent birth rate.

Jamaica's current teenage pregnancy rate is 51 births per 1,000 girls, which is above the global average of 46 births per 1,000 girls.

"The challenge, however, is that despite the general fertility rate reductions in Jamaica over the past three decades, teenage pregnancy has been having a slow reduction and we want to increase this," Waysome-McIntyre said.

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Teachers put on COVID-19 vaccine priority list

Teachers and other persons essential to the operations of schools will be included as a priority group for COVID-19 vaccination. Fayval Willams, the minister of Education, Youth and Information, made the announcement yesterday.

"To coordinate this important development, we began talks today with the Ministry of Health and Wellness regarding a schedule of vaccination for this priority group against the COVID-19 virus," Williams said.

She said that discussions will take place with the Jamaica Teachers' Association, the union that represents teachers, over the next few days. Those talks, Williams said, will see the parties looking at the options and criteria for prioritisation among the various personnel in the system.

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Westmoreland to get new police headquarters building

A new $200-million police divisional headquarters is to be constructed in Westmoreland.

For the fiscal year 2021/22, it is anticipated that 40 per cent of construction activities would be completed.

Details of the project are outlined in the 2021/22 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

The project, which is being implemented by the Ministry of National Security. Construction is slated to commence next month and it is projected to be completed in March 2024.

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Little Bay principal to be honoured

Principal of the Little Bay Primary and Infant School in Westmoreland, Keron King, is being recognised again for his outstanding contribution to the institution and the Little Bay community.

King is one of 50 persons to be awarded at the Sagicor Community Heroes Awards ceremony, which is slated to be held on Friday, February 26, at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew.

The 35-year-old, who has been at the helm of the school for just three years, was recently lauded by stakeholders for delivering assignments weekly to students in remote areas by way of a bike taxi.

"I am extremely appreciative to even be considered for such an award. I am, more than anything, thankful to God, who inspires, who gives strength, and I am very grateful for the support of persons who are working with me from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, particularly our Region Four office, as well as my own academic and support staff, parents, community members and other stakeholders," King said.

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