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  1. 3000 pounds of ganja seized
  2. Critically ill JDF recruit flown to US for treatment
  3. Novelette Grant to act as police commissioner
  4. Optimism for new sugar crop year
  5. Commish wasn’t pushed
  6. Extended surgery hours in force at UHWI

1. 3000 pounds of ganja seized

The police believe they have prevented dozens of guns from entering Jamaica with the seizure of 3,000 pounds of compressed ganja during an operation at White River in Portland on Wednesday night. They believe the weed, which has a street value of approximately $15 million was destined for the infamous drugs for guns trade between local fishermen and their counterparts in Haiti. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Critically ill JDF recruit flown to US for treatment

The critically ill Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) recruit, who is among 80 who contracted a flu-like virus, was last evening flown to Florida to get further treatment. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health reported that about 80 JDF recruits fell ill from an influenza-type respiratory infection. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Novelette Grant to act as police commissioner

Deputy Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant is to act as Police Commissioner effective January 7, 2017. A day earlier, the current commissioner Dr Carl Williams will go on pre-retirement leave. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Optimism for new sugar crop year

Local sugar manufacturers are projecting an output of approximately 100,000 tonnes of sugar from the five factories that will be in operation for the 2016-2017 crop year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Commish wasn’t pushed

Outgoing Police Commissioner Dr Carl Williams last night bristled at suggestions that the country’s rising murder toll influenced his decision to step down next month. Williams, who took over as the nation’s police chief in September 2014, also confirmed assertions by the Andrew Holness administration that he was not forced out of office. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Extended surgery hours now in force at UHWI

The thousands of Jamaicans awaiting elective surgical procedures now have renewed hope with yesterday’s official launch of an extended surgery hours project at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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