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  1. One of Manchester’s most wanted shot dead
  2. OUR recommends JPS changes after 2016 blackout
  3. Higher consent age won’t lead to more unprotected sex
  4. Deneiro out of Scripps
  5. Don’t rationalise regional health authorities – Opposition
  6. Remittances down

1. One of Manchester’s most wanted shot dead

One of Manchester’s most wanted men, Issachar Williams, has been shot dead by the police in a reported confrontation in the district of Coffee Grove near the town of Porus. The police say Williams was the third most wanted man in Manchester. See full story on The Gleaner website.

2. OUR recommends JPS changes after 2016 blackout

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has made several recommendations to the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) following a detailed analysis of circumstances surrounding the all-island power outage of August 2016. This was the second major power failure of 2016, with the first on April 17. In its report released on May 4, the OUR said the JPS should ensure that adequate measures are introduced to prevent a repeat of the problems linked to the system shutdown. See full story on The Gleaner website.

3. Higher consent age won’t lead to more unprotected sex

Children’s Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison is dismissing concerns that the number of children having unprotected sex would rise if the Parliament accepts her recommendation to increase the age of consent from 16 to 18 years old. The Jamaica Family Planning Association last week told a parliamentary committee reviewing the Sex Offences Act that it was against the increase for reasons including the fear that unsafe sexual activities would rise among underage children. See full story on The Gleaner website.

4. Deneiro out of Scripps

Though conquering his two given words with relative calm and confidence, 12-year-old Deneiro Hines yesterday missed out on a slot in the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee being held in Washington, D.C. The first-form Glenmuir pupil, who emerged The Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee champion in April, accumulated 20 points from a possible 36 in the preliminaries. See full story on The Gleaner website.

5. Don’t rationalise regional health authorities – Opposition

Opposition spokesman on Health Horace Dalley has cautioned the Government against rationalising the four regional health authorities (RHAs). Dalley says the opposition would resist such a move. In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament, Dalley said a return to re-centralisation is not the way to go. See full story on The Gleaner website.

6. Remittances down

Jamaicans are reportedly receiving less remittance and this has been identified as one of the factors for a dip in consumer confidence in the economy. This is according to the latest Jamaica Chamber of Commerce’s (JCC) survey of business and consumer confidence. See full story on The Gleaner website.