6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. NWA says Mandela Highway roadwork done, should ease traffic
  2. JUTC overstaffed by 500 people
  3. JLP steps up pressure on ‘Canadian’ Alexis
  4. $75m spent on lockups creates more defects
  5. Five prisoners on the loose after Linstead jailbreak
  6. Bolt ready for Heroes in Action Run/Walk

1. NWA says Mandela Highway roadwork done, should ease traffic

Motorists are expected to have a faster commute along Mandela Highway in St Catherine this evening. The National Works Agency (NWA) says it has completed patching works along affected sections of the corridor and this should improve traffic flow. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. JUTC overstaffed by 500 people

The cash-strapped Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is currently implementing a rationalisation exercise to reduce the number of workers at the overstaffed state-owned bus company, which has nearly 500 more personnel than what is needed to run its operations. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. JLP steps up pressure on ‘Canadian’ Alexis

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has scoffed at reports from the People’s National Party (PNP) that its candidate for South East St Mary by-election, Dr Shane Alexis, has started the process of acquiring Jamaican citizenship. “Too little, too late. Pure political and moral hypocrisy” declared Daryl Vaz, the JLP’s point man in the criticism of Alexis, who holds Canadian citizenship. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. $75m spent on lockups creates more defects

Taxpayers will have to fork over an additional $32 million to bring a number of juvenile detention facilities up to minimum acceptable standards before they can be commissioned into service, a revelation that left lawmakers stunned on Tuesday. This is because after being handed over to the Jamaica Constabulary Force since 2015 when they were retrofitted at a cost of $75 million, the facilities have been unoccupied.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Five prisoners on the loose after Linstead jailbreak

Five prisoners remain on the run after escaping from the Linstead Police Lock-up in St Catherine. The police say about 9:30 this morning, police at the facility went to make checks and discovered that six of the inmates were missing. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Bolt ready for Heroes In Action Run/Walk

The world’s fastest man, Usain St. Leo Bolt, will start the Heroes in Act!on Run/Walk, this coming Sunday, October 15, at the Falmouth Cruise Port at 7:00 a.m. in Trelawny. The event is being staged by the JN Foundation, in partnership with the Usain Bolt Foundation. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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