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  1. #LocalGovtElection: No request for magisterial recount
  2. #LocalGovtElection: Official count continues
  3. #LocalGovtElection: Director pleased
  4. Soldiers not idle
  5. More support for young athletes
  6. Long Pond to diversify into energy

1. #LocalGovtElection: No request for magisterial recount

Director of Elections, Orrette Fisher says the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) is yet to receive any official notice for a magisterial recount. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. #LocalGovtElection: Official count continues

The official count of ballots is continuing in all parishes at this hour, two days after Monday’s local government elections. The current results show the Jamaica Labour Party in control of eight local authorities and the People’s National Party five. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Soldiers not idle

Outgoing Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, has moved to dispel a common belief that members of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) do very little but sit around at Up Park Camp passing time while wasting taxpayers’ money. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. #LocalGovtElection: Director pleased

Director of Elections Orrette Fisher has heaped praise on the more than 30,000 election day workers who he said ensured the successful completion of another vote.

Fisher yesterday told The Gleaner that the staff at the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) worked tirelessly, and in trying circumstances, with some even having medical episodes because of the intense work to maintain the integrity of the elections. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. More support for young athletes

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) is set to increase its focus on younger athletes. That’s the word from Dr Warren Blake, the newly returned president of the local track and field body. Blake believes this is the way to keep Jamaica at the pinnacle of the sport after the impending retirement of super sprinter Usain Bolt. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Long Pond to diversify into energy

Everglades Farms Limited wants to transform the Long Pond sugar operation from one that strictly processes sugar cane to incorporate electricity generation under partnership with American firm, Arrakis Development. The project is expected to cost US$42 million. If approved, it would allow the failing sugar producer to develop a new revenue stream. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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