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  1. First 4 schools get metal detectors
  2. NCDA targets shopkeepers to cut down on drug abuse among minors
  3. Carter case historic, says JOA boss
  4. CAS to make Carter ruling in 2018
  5. Gov’t revises MSME policy
  6. Gov’t to repair rain-damaged roads

1. First 4 schools get metal detectors

Education Minister Ruel Reid yesterday named the first four schools that will be fitted with walk-through and hand-held metal detectors as the Government responds to a rash of stabbing incidents at some of the island’s most troubled schools. At the top of the list is the Edith Dalton-James High School in Kingston where 15-year-old Clive Matherson, a grade 10 student, was stabbed to death by a classmate last month. The incident allegedly stemmed from an altercation over a watch. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. NCDA targets shopkeepers to cut down on drug abuse among minors

Shopkeepers and other retail vendors are among a number of stakeholders that Collette Kirlew, director of client services at the National Council on Drug Abuse, intends to target. Kirlew said that illegal substances are too accessible to minors and called for better enforcement in such instances. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Jamaican athletes Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce and Nesta Carter

3. Carter case historic, says JOA boss

Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) President Christopher Samuda has said that he believes that Olympian Nesta Carter will be cleared of any wrongdoing despite testing positive for a banned substance retrospectively found in his urine sample from the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. CAS to make Carter ruling in 2018

Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has testified at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to appeal against disqualification from the 2008 Olympics in a doping case that cost Usain Bolt a 4x100m relay gold medal. Carter shielded his face from media on arriving at sport’s highest court on Wednesday for a closed-doors hearing that ended around seven hours later. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Gov’t revises MSME policy

The government has revised the definition for micro-, small- and medium-sized (MSME) enterprises to make it easier for them to operate. Commerce Minister Karl Samuda told Parliament yesterday that the review was necessary to allow MSMEs to adequately meet the changing socio-economic environment within which they operate. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Gov’t to repair rain-damaged roads

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the government will be embarking on a programme to repair roads that have been damaged by the ongoing rains. The island has been experiencing almost daily rainfall for the past three to four weeks, which has caused potholes and other damage to the road infrastructure. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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