6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Long wait for babies’ heart surgeries
  2. 200 road fatalities since January
  3. Mullings first two-time Contender winner
  4. USA beats Boyz in Gold Cup final
  5. Lowe willing to sell ganja drug
  6. Jamaican castor oil in demand globally

1. Long wait for babies’ heart surgeries

The Ministry of Health has admitted to missing its mid-year deadline for the start of heart surgeries at a new cardiac centre at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in St Andrew. Some parliamentarians are not pleased. Approximately 300 children are on a waiting list, according to updated documents the ministry presented yesterday to Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. 200 road fatalities since January

The Road Safety Unit in the Transport Ministry is reporting that since the start of the year 200 people have been killed in 186 crashes. The number of fatalities represents a one per cent decrease when compared to the similar period last year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Mullings first two-time Contender winner

Sakima ‘The Mauler’ Mullings becomes the first ever two time Wray & Nephew Contender Boxing Series champion after a sixth round technical knockout win over Canadian Phil ‘The Assassin’ Rose at the Mico University College last night. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. USA beats Boyz in Gold Cup final

Jordan Morris scored a tie-breaking goal in the 88th minute, and the United States beat Jamaica 2-1 Wednesday night for its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title and first since 2013. Jozy Altidore’s goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute beat backup goalkeeper Dwayne Miller after Jamaica captain Andre Blake left with a hand injury. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Dr Henry Lowe

5. Lowe willing to sell ganja drug

Jamaican scientist and entrepreneur Dr Henry Lowe now plans to sell his recently approved anti-cancer drug made from ganja. He is currently in preliminary talks with pharmaceutical interests who want to fully acquire or license the rights to Cresorol. These entities are based in United States, Canada and South Africa. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. J’can castor oil in demand worldwide

The Jamaica Castor Industry Association (JCIA), working with Jampro, is hoping to tap into a growing market for Jamaican black castor oil and commercial grade castor oil, which has a prospective value of US$100 million or more. On Tuesday, the two entities organised a workshop focused on mechanised processes for castor oil, meant to position processors to reliably supply foreign markets. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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