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  1. 158 neonatal deaths July-Sept 2011
  2. Streetcar system revival?
  3. KPH workers interdicted as probe into improper disposal of dead babies deepens
  4. CAS decision upsets Carter
  5. Four die in bike crash
  6. 65% JSPCA rescued animals put down

1. 158 neonatal deaths between July and Sept 2011

The JA KIDS 2011 Birth Cohort study found that there were 158 neonatal deaths between July 1 and September 30, 2011. The data, which was presented today at the JA KIDS conference at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, showed that 84 were males and 55 females, with the remaining figure accounting for babies whose sex could not be clearly identified. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Streetcar system revival?

The Transport Ministry is to look into the feasibility of reviving trams or streetcars in Kingston. Portfolio Minister Robert Montague has indicated that the Jamaica Railway Corporation has been tasked with the exercise. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. KPH workers interdicted as probe into improper disposal of dead babies deepens

The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is reporting that three employees, including the Mortuary Supervisor, at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) have been interdicted as it probes the case of the improper disposal of the remains of neonates stored at the hospital’s morgue. They were sent home today. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. CAS decision upsets Carter

Olympic Games and World Championship 4x100m gold medallist Nesta Carter said that he is deeply upset at the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports’ (CAS) decision to disqualify the results of the 4x100m relays at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Four die in bike crash

A popular sound system selector and a renowned photographer were among four persons killed when two speeding motorcycles crashed head-on along the heavily used Nampriel Road in Negril, Westmoreland, on Wednesday night. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. 65% JSPCA rescued animals put down

The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) says that it is forced to humanely end the lives of over 65 per cent of its intake due to health reasons and a lack of resources. “We are going over 7,000 animals that are coming in – cats, dogs, puppies, kittens – per annum. Some years are worse, some years are better. Out of that, we are putting down at least 65 per cent of those animals,” reported Pamela Lawson, managing director of the JSPCA. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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