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LOCAL

1. Jamaica falls in Doing Business ranking, IMF says this is good

Jamaica ranked 67th in the global Doing Business Report 2017, published Tuesday, which actually betters Dominican Republic and Panama, the fastest-growing countries in the Americas. Still the report gave mixed messages on Jamaica, describing the movement in the ranking as an improvement despite worsening in nominal terms from a revised 65 globally in the previous report. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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Andrew Holness, Jamaican Prime Minister 2016

2. Local government elections date to be set this week

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is to settle on a date for the local government polls this week after holding crucial meetings with the local government minister, Desmond McKenzie and the chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party, Robert Montague. Local government elections are due by December based on laws passed last year when the elections were previously due. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Motorists will have to seek ‘bad gas’ compensation from individual companies

Motorists whose vehicles were damaged by contaminated fuel during the ‘Bad Gas Saga’ last year may have to rely on marketing companies to decide whether they will be given compensation. The contaminated fuel entered the market late last year and was said to be a mixture of different types of petrol. The Consumer Affairs Commission says it has received over 400 complaints of vehicular damage resulting from the bad gas. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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Usain Bolt

4. Coe urges Ja, world to maximise Bolt effect

IAAF President Sebastian Coe underlined the importance of Usain Bolt’s continued involvement in international track and field after he retires and again pointed to Jamaican athletics as a valuable element in the efforts to build a positive global image for the sport. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

INTERNATIONAL

5. US elections draws near, Ja could benefit

A former White House executive has suggested that Jamaicans encourage relatives living in the United States (US) to cast their ballots for Democratic representative Hillary Clinton to win next month’s presidential election, hinting that this could bring a huge economic windfall for Jamaica. Clinton will be going up against Republican Donald Trump in the United States’ November 8 presidential elections.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. FBI readies security for US election

The Justice Department and FBI say they will have officials ready on election day to respond to potential crimes, with monitors at select polling places and lawyers who will field complaints on voter intimidation, fraud and other problems. In addition, a centralised command post at FBI headquarters will monitor specific threats reported across the country. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.