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Weekly Round-up: FLA board resigns... Education minister under fire... $40k cap on ministers' phone bills

Friday, August 04, 2017

KINGSTON, Jamaica – It was on Wednesday disclosed that the board of the Firearm Licensing Authority resigned amid intense public scrutiny over the issuance of gun licences to people deemed unfit.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Ruel Reid in a Tweet late Thursday withdrew his reference to school administrators cited as being in breach of the Government's non-mandatory fees policy as evidence of "corruption and extortion".

This came after the Opposition People's National Party and the Jamaica Teachers' Association strongly protested the statement, labelling it as unfortunate.

The education minister later advised that where schools have shortfalls in meeting operational needs, they should contact the ministry for assistance and funds will be provided as necessary.

However, in blasting the minister for his utterances, the St Andrew High School For Girls, which is among several schools Reid identified as being in breach of the policy, outlined that the ministry owed the school nearly $13.4 million.

That same day, the Government announced a $40,000 cap on the monthly mobile and closed user group phone bills of Cabinet ministers.

Watch as OBSERVER ONLINE wraps this week for you.

See story links below:

Brown Burke defeats Smith Facey in run-off for Portia's seat

FLA board resigns amid gun licence row

Court rules UWI breached professor's right to freedom of expression

$40,000 cap placed on ministers' phone bills

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Seven traffic lights activated along Marcus Garvey Drive

US Embassy announces new priorities

Five INDECOM crime scene examiners get international certification

Gruesome killing of Savoy man shocks family, community

J'can woman awarded TT$200k after detention in Trinidad

Gunmen caught firing gunshots in Trelawny community, arrested

DPP denies deadly encounter with assailants, asks JCF to investigate

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