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  1. Much required to tackle St James crime
  2. Flash flood watch extended
  3. Teachers disappointed with wage talks
  4. Police reject latest wage offer
  5. Community feud caused shooting at church
  6. C’bean’s largest solar-powered plant for Ja

George Quallo

1. Much required to tackle St James crime

With upwards of 310 murders committed in St James alone since the start of the year, the police say they are confident that an eight-point plan to rid the tourist capital of wanton criminality and indiscipline will be successful. The plan was laid out during a high stakes meeting of several top brass police personnel at the Commissioner’s office in St Andrew yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Flash flood watch extended

The Meteorological Service has continued the Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Hanover, St. James, Trelawny, St. Ann, St. Mary, Portland, St. Thomas, Kingston and St. Andrew. It will remain in place until 5 o’clock this afternoon.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Teachers disappointed with wage talks

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says it has again been left disappointed after the government failed to present it with an improved wage offer. The JTA met with finance ministry officials in a rescheduled meeting. But Head of the JTA, Georgia Waugh-Richards, says the Minister of Finance Audley Shaw only indicated he would have consultations with the Cabinet on specific items of the claim ahead of another meeting. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Police reject latest wage offer

Rank and file cops have rejected the latest wage offer from the Government. Representatives of the Jamaica Police Federation met yesterday with finance ministry officials to continue wage talks. But it’s understood that the only variation to the government’s offer was for a four per cent increase in year one of the contract and two per cent in year two. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Community feud caused shooting at church

One woman is claiming that her 20-year-old niece who was killed in a multi-victim shooting incident at a funeral in east Kingston on Sunday was being unfairly targeted. The shooting took place at King’s Chapel Seventh-day Adventist Church, located off Windward Road, which left at least two persons dead and another seven nursing gunshot wounds. Two of the seven persons were recommended for surgery. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Caribbean’s largest solar-powered plant for Ja

Ground is to be broken tomorrow at Paradise Park, Westmoreland, for what is being described as the largest solar-powered plant in the Caribbean. The 37-megawatt facility is estimated to cost US$60 million (J$7.5 billion) and is being built by a consortium of international and Jamaican partners. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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