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  1. PM: Ja not under tsunami threat
  2. Commish blames improper management for Palisadoes gridlock
  3. Portlanders rally to shake off flood, mud
  4. Electronic medical records coming
  5. NWC considering prepaid water
  6. JN Bank assessing vandalised Willowdene ATM

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1. PM: Ja not under tsunami threat

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that Jamaica is officially not under threat from a tsunami. The prime minister provided the update in a post on Twitter. Jamaica had been monitoring the situation after, earlier Tuesday night, a  magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between the coast of Honduras and the Cayman Islands, causing officials to warn people around the region to be alert to the threat of possible tsunami surges. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Commish blames improper management for Palisadoes gridlock

Police Commissioner George Quallo has pointed the finger at Superintendent Robert Walker, commanding officer for the Kingston East Police Division, claiming that his “lack of diligence and proper management” was one of the reasons for the traffic gridlock that shut down access to the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) for up to eight hours on New Year’s Day. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Residents of Seaman’s Valley in the Rio Grande Valley, Portland, yesterday, fixing a pipe that was affected by the flood rains in the parish. (Gleaner photo)

3. Portlanders rally to shake off flood, mud

Cut off from the rest of Portland since Saturday when torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that blanketed the main road linking their community with Barry Hill, residents of Cornwall Barracks were yesterday still struggling to adjust to a life of isolation and dreading the likelihood of more showers. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Electronic medical records coming

The Ministry of Health will be embarking on a project this year to store patients’ health records electronically. “We will be moving assiduously in this direction,” said Sancia Bennett Templer, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Health. She noted that the proposed move to electronic health files this year would enhance confidentiality of records. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. NWC considering prepaid water

Jamaicans could have access to prepaid water supply this calendar year. That’s according to Corporate Public Relations Manager at the National Water Commission (NWC), Charles Buchanan, who, in an interview today on Power Talk on Power 106 FM, said the matter is actively being explored by the utility company. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. JN Bank assessing vandalised Willowdene ATM

The JN Bank ATM located at 27-29 Sydenham Park Way off Old Harbour Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine was vandalised early this morning. The matter has been reported to the police, who are investigating the incident. No cash was accessed from the machine by the vandals.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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