Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Friday | August 22, 2014
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Subsidy bleed - JUTC loses $10m on fares every day
The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) says it is losing $10 million per day on fare subsidies, and insists that the increases in fares, which take effect on Sunday, are necessary to help keep the state-owned bus company on the road.

Businesses fume as traffic stifles Falmouth
Residents and business interests in Trelawny's main town are demanding a revision of the restrictions on vehicular traffic that came into being with the new Falmouth Pier.

Stephen Fray heads to Privy Council
The United Kingdom-based Privy Council will be asked to determine if the local court erred when it rejected expert evidence that Jamaican Stephen Fray was suffering from a mental disorder when he hijacked a Canada-bound plane in 2009.

No concessionary rate without smarter cards, says JUTC
As the beginning of the school year approaches, the Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) is reminding parents and students that as of September 1, students without a smarter card will have to pay adult fares of $120 and not the student concessionary rates of $30 to ride its buses.

Thwaites outlines plan to help failing schools
FOLLOWING THE findings of the 2014 National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report, which revealed that the majority of primary and secondary schools inspected were failing, Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites has revealed a number of corrective measures, several to be implemented for the new school year.

Javia Reid on excellence highway
Not even the economic hardships which continue to plague her family could derail determined 13-year-old student Javia Reid, who is on a quest for a higher education, which she recognises as the gateway out of poverty.

Teenage cancer patient excels in class, on field
CANCER PATIENT Kimani Francis has defiantly refused to lead anything but a fulfilling life, excelling in both academics and sports.

PIOJ promises more dialogue on Negril breakwaters
WHILE THE public awaits the Natural Resources Conservation Authority's (NRCA's) decision on the Negril breakwaters, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has said implementation is not likely to happen without further community engagement.

St Thomas secondary institutions to join forces
RANKED AMONG the worst-performing schools by Educate Jamaica, the Ministry of Education has selected Robert Lightbourne, Seaforth and Paul Bogle high schools in St Thomas to kick-start a pilot project for the new school year, which will see them pooling their resources to improve education performance.

Perservance pays off for single mother
Single parenthood can be like a tightrope walk - a balancing act of workplace, domestic life and the needs of the children.

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