6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. #SolarEclipse: Don’t look without safety gear
  2. Quallo accepts W Kgn Commission of Enquiry findings
  3. UHWI in danger of losing accreditation
  4. Diamond League: Bittersweet performances from J’cans
  5. UGLI conquers disease
  6. 20 to 39-y-o’s account for 50% road deaths

1. #SolarEclipse: Don’t look without safety gear

The Ministry of Health is advising the public to be cautious during the partial solar eclipse that will occur today. Jamaicans are being urged not to look at the sun during the eclipse as this can cause damage to the retina. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

George Quallo

2. Quallo accepts W Kgn Commission of Enquiry findings

In an apparent attempt to quell tensions around the recent release of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) administrative review of its role in the 2010 operation in Tivoli Gardens, Police Commissioner George Quallo has declared, in no uncertain terms, that the force accepts the report of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry.  Quallo, however, remained silent on whether the review report would be withdrawn. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. UHWI in danger of losing accreditation

Administrators at Jamaica’s only teaching hospital, the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), are fearful that it may lose this designation because of the chronic overcrowding at the facility. The 579-bed facility is bursting at its seams, and up to last Wednesday when officials of the hospital spoke with our news team, the demand for beds was greater than the number available. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Diamond league: Bittersweet performances from J’cans

IT WAS a day of mixed fortunes for the Jamaican athletes at the Birmingham leg of the IAAF Diamond League as some of them tried to make up ground for a poor showing, by their standards, at the recently concluded IAAF World Championships in London. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. UGLI conquers disease

One of Jamaica’s least known but paradoxically popular citrus fruits appears to be weathering the greening and other diseases that have shrunk national supplies of other fresh fruit, through replanting of the orchard. For more than 80 years, the family that owns the Trout Hall estate in Clarendon and properties in other parishes has been producing UGLI, a registered trademarked citrus fruit classified as a tangelo, but grown only in Jamaica. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. 20 to 39-y-o’s account for 50% road deaths

Almost 50 per cent of the persons killed in motor vehicle crashes this year are between 20 and 39, triggering renewed concerns that Jamaica continues to lose its citizens in the prime of their productive years. The latest crash report published by the Road Safety Unit in the transport ministry revealed that 225 persons have died on the nation’s roadways since January 1 and that 109 fell within the 20-39 age group. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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