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poll-box1. Local government elections set for Nov 28

Local Government Elections are to be held on Monday November 28. Nomination Day is Friday November 11. The Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie made the announcement a short while ago at the Jamaica Conference Centre. Under the Representation of the People Act, Nomination Day shall be at least five clear days after the announcement of an election.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Dec 5 deadline for Tivoli incursion compensation claims

The West Kingston Compensation Committee has announced a December 5 deadline for the submission of claims by persons affected by the May 2010 police-military operation. The committee says claims should relate to loss and damage to business and property, personal injuries and death as a result of the incursion. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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3. Debates Commission readies for local gov’t elections

The deputy chairman of the Jamaica Debates Commission, Brian Schmidt, says the commission is fine-tuning plans for the local government debates between the two main political parties. Schmidt told The Gleaner that on Monday, the commission will announce the format and timelines for the debates. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Health workers given basket to carry water

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, Dr Peter Phillips, is contending that the legislature will have to resolve how resources are going to be found to fund health care in Jamaica, noting that at present, the public health sector is being given “basket to carry water”. Phillips suggested that the resources can come from taxation or fee for services, including collection of fees from patients with health insurance, to finance the ailing health system. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

earth5. Emissions cuts needed to meet climate goals- UN

The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the United Nations (UN) said yesterday in a sobering report that warned of a human tragedy unless governments stepped up efforts to fight global warming. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. 60 courses at UTech not accredited

There are 60 courses of study at the University of Technology (UTech) that are currently not accredited but are being offered to students. The revelation was made by UTech’s acting president, Professor Colin Gyles. Gyles, who was speaking at the installation ceremony for Richard Powell as the university’s fourth pro-chancellor, said the institution has been facing a number of challenges in getting courses accredited by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.