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  1. Battle for NW St Andrew is on
  2. Trump alumina levy would hurt Ja
  3. NCB says it will not implement user fee increase
  4. Teachers hang tough – reject latest wage offer
  5. JLP councillor dies
  6. Tomorrow is Peace Day

1. Battle for NW St Andrew is on

Electors numbering 30,216 will be eligible to vote in today’s by-election in St Andrew North West, an increase of 1,187 more than were eligible ahead of the February 2016 general election which was won comfortably by Derrick Smith on a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) ticket. Today the voters will chose between the JLP’s Dr Nigel Clarke and primary-school principal Keisha Hayle, who is representing the People’s National Party (PNP). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Trump alumina levy would hurt Ja

Economist Dr Damien King has sounded an ominous warning that the threat of United States President Donald Trump to impose tariffs on imports of steel and alumina is dangerous and will make countries poorer. There are possible implications for Jamaica and other alumina-exporting countries if the threat materialises, especially with the president making it clear that allies will not be exempted from his tax hammer. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. NCB says it will not implement user fee increase

The National Commercial Bank has released a statement saying it will not implement the recently announced fees that were scheduled to take effect on May 1. Commercial banks like NCB have been facing increased scrutiny over the imposition of fees costing customers billions of dollars a year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Teachers hang tough – reject latest wage offer

Militant teachers, by a massive margin, yesterday voted to reject the Government’s latest wage offer, and ordered their executive to return to the bargaining table. During a special conference at the Wolmer’s Boys’ School in the Corporate Area, delegates of the 23,000-strong Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) said no to a four-year contract as they mandated the executive to ensure that the agreement will retain its two-year format or there will be no deal. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. JLP councillor dies

It was a day of mourning for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) following the untimely death of one of its councillors in a vehicular accident along Old Harbour Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine, early Sunday morning. Dead is Owen Palmer, 52-year-old councillor for the Homestead division in St Catherine, and 50-year-old Gideon ‘Jimmy’ Thompson of Homestead. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Tomorrow is Peace Day

Peace Day will be observed tomorrow under the cloud of a country so racked by crime and violence that there are two zones of special operations being executed. In a release, Peace and Love in Society (PALS) said that this year’s theme is a heartfelt ‘Peace Wi Seh!’ and that, more than ever, social intervention has to be recognised as an important element of crime reduction. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.