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  1. Low employment among skilled disabled
  2. Public health over ganja economic gains-Tufton
  3. Gunmen murder pensioner, schoolboy
  4. Warren walks but Parliament wants NESol classification
  5. JADCO to conduct hearings in private
  6. Substance abuse among sex workers

1. Low employment among skilled disabled

A little over 15 per cent of persons with disabilities (PwDs) who graduated from a four-year skills-training programme under the Social and Economic Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities project, which was spearheaded by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, have been gainfully employed since completing the course. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Public health over ganja economic gains -Tufton

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton made it clear yesterday that Jamaica’s efforts to tap into the multibillion-dollar global medicinal marijuana industry would continue to be guided by public health concerns taking precedence over potentially lucrative economic returns. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Gunmen murder pensioner, schoolboy

The Malcolm Heights community in Hanover was left traumatised on Wednesday night following a brutal incident in which two gunmen barged into a yard and snuffed out the lives of a 91-year-old-female pensioner and her neighbour, a 15-year-old-schoolboy. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Warren walks but Parliament wants NESol clarification

While the board of directors of National Energy Solutions Limited (NESol) begins its search for a new managing director in the wake of the resignation of Carolyn Warren on Wednesday, Opposition lawmaker Phillip Paulwell wants the former public servant to assist a parliamentary committee to clarify issues at the entity under her stewardship. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. JADCO to conduct hearings in private

In an effort to closer align itself to international standards, The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission will conduct all anti-doping cases behind closed doors, according to chairman Alexander Williams. Speaking at the association’s Decennial Gala on Wednesday night at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in Kingston, Williams said that the move is already a common practice worldwide and will now be applied to local hearings. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Substance abuse among sex workers

Over 80 per cent of sex workers have reported that they abuse alcohol, and others have admitted to using other forms of dangerous substances. This is according to the findings of the fourth generational bio-behavioural survey of female sex workers, female patrons, and workers at places where persons meet sex partners or participate in sexual activity in exchange for money. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.