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  1. Minister’s monumental error
  2. Put warranty on roads – Ashley
  3. Customs revenue collection increases
  4. IDB criticises free health care
  5. Correctional officer charged
  6. Drivers injured in Jamwest event

1. Minister’s monumental error

Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson yesterday demonstrated in dramatic fashion, how the lack of information about Jamaica’s cultural heritage is undermining its development, when she referred to a memorial in “Highgate, St Mary, to four workers who lost their lives during the 1938 uprising”, which Gleaner research has shown does not exist. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Put warranty on roads – Ashley

Suggesting a system of warranty on road repairs in Jamaica to stem the flow of taxpayers’ money down the drain, political commentator Dr Paul Ashley is arguing that contractors should bear the cost of repairing roads that fall into disrepair a short while after they are constructed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Customs revenue collection increases

The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) says it collected 17 per cent more revenues for the 2016/17 fiscal year or $27.4 billion more than the previous year. Commissioner of Customs Velma Ricketts Walker says the agency collected $188.5 billion in net revenues, an increase of $27.4 billion. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. IDB criticises free health care

The problems plaguing Jamaica’s health sector, especially with free access to public services and treatment, are among several gaps being looked at by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as it develops its 10-year strategic plan. Commenting on some of the challenges facing the sector, Donna Harris, social-protection senior specialist at the IDB, told The Gleaner that she believes a concerted effort has to be made to fix the issues. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Correctional officer charged

The correctional officer who is accused of stabbing and shooting his wife has been charged and is to appear in court this Friday. The Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) said Balfor Barnett has been charged with illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, wounding with intent using a firearm and assault at common law. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Drivers injured in Jamwest event

Race day at Jamwest Motorsports and Adventure Park in Westmoreland came to an abrupt end today after veteran race car drivers Doug ‘Hollywood’ Gore and David ‘The King’ Summerbell collided and had to be rushed to the hospital. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.