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  1. Mother in machete-beating video a victim too -Crawford
  2. More could have been done re HPV exercise -Tufton
  3. Protocol breach? Flagless poles at Govt ministries
  4. McLeod nominated for IAAF Male of the Year
  5. Cop walks free after 15-year legal ordeal
  6. Customs brokers unhappy with Freeport penalty system

1. Mother in machete-beating video a victim too – Crawford

The 44-year-old mother now behind bars for the brutal beating of her preteen daughter with a machete in Bath, St Thomas, last year is also a victim, and the State should seek to resocialise, rather than criminalise her, says Damion Crawford, the newly minted opposition spokesman on youth and culture. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. More could have been done re HPV exercise -Tufton

Dr Christopher Tufton, health minister, admitted that more could have been done to better inform parents and other stakeholders about the plans to administer the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools, an initiative that begun yesterday. The health ministry announced last Friday that more than 20,000 grade seven girls islandwide will be introduced to the vaccine, which is expected to assist in preventing cervical cancer. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Protocol breach? Flagless poles at Gov’t ministries

It appears that a number of government ministries and departments have refused to observe protocol by failing to fly the national flag. The Gleaner has been visiting a number of ministries and public bodies since last week and and observed several poles without the national flag. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Omar McLeod

4. McLeod nominated for IAAF Male of the Year

Reigning 110m hurdles World Champion Omar McLeod is the only Jamaican who has been nominated for the 2017 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Male Athlete of the Year award. The 23-year-old University of Arkansas student won the men’s 110m hurdles Diamond League race in Shanghai, China in 13.09 seconds then again in Eugene, Oregon, clocking 13.01 seconds in May this year. He finished seventh in the men’s 100m hurdles final at the Paris Diamond League meeting in July in a time of 13.41, after earlier clocking 13.13 in Heat Two. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Cop walks free after 15-yr legal ordeal

A police constable walked out of the Home Circuit Court in downtown Kingston a free man this morning, 15 years after he was convicted for the fatal shooting of a wanted man during an operation. Constable Glenroy McDermott was facing a retrial for the murder of Michael Dorsett, popularly known as ‘Buba’, in November 2000 after the Court of Appeal ruled in 2008 that his conviction be quashed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Customs brokers unhappy with Freeport penalty system

A move by the management of the Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) to impose penalties on its customers who miss appointments is being opposed by customs brokers. Starting today, Kingston Freeport says it has reintroduced penalties for customers who miss their appointments as part of changes being implemented to improve operations at the port. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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