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  1. West Kgn tense
  2. Local government debates dominate social media
  3. Ganja ticketing system coming
  4. Job cuts coming
  5. Brain drain continues
  6. Holness defends action on climate change

gun1. West Kingston tense

A massive security operation is now underway in Western Kingston following the rescue of members of a police team who were pinned down as heavily armed men rained bullets in a fierce fire-fight. Motorists have been advised to avoid Spanish Town Road. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Mosquito20080714C2. #LocalGovtDebate dominates social media

It’s probably the most repeated comment following the first political debates and has also been making the rounds on social media: “Portmore, I am speaking to you, if a mosquito has ever bitten you in your life, do not vote for the PNP”.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Ganja ticketing system coming

The government has started the process to introduce the ticketing system to fine people who continue to breach the law and possess ganja. Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of National Security, Karen Clarke Davis, says steps are now being undertaken by the ministry to design the special tickets which will allow the police to enforce the law. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Job cuts coming

Some civil servants employed in human resource departments in Government agencies will be the first set of public sector workers to lose their jobs under a rationalisation programme scheduled to start next August. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Brain drain continues

Government data suggest that in recent years, eight in 10 Jamaican university graduates, including doctors, leave the country soon after gaining their degrees. Money, and the quality of life it affords people, is a major driver of this trek – at least that is what the majority believe about most of the health-care professionals who leave the island. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Holness defends action on climate change

Confronted with scepticism from civil society over the value and urgency his administration places on addressing climate change and environmental issues, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sought to clear the air. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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