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  1. Brown-Burke goes for SW St Andrew seat
  2. Prisoners to be allowed conjugal visits
  3. Gov’t will tweak anti-corruption bill
  4. Holness in Singapore
  5. Bolt, Thompson headline Ja World Champs team
  6. HIV drug shortage not affecting patients -MOH

1. Brown-Burke goes for SW St Andrew seat

One of the aspirants to replace Portia Simpson Miller in the South West St Andrew constituency, Dr Angela Brown Burke, has defended her decision to seek to represent the People’s National Party in the seat. In a release today, she said there are many questions about her decision to move from representing the Norman Gardens division in East Kingston to South West St Andrew. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Prisoners to be allowed conjugal visits

Jamaican prisoners are to be allowed conjugal visits. The announcement was made by National Security Minister, Robert Montague, this afternoon while addressing participants at the Jamaica 55 Disapora Conference in downtown Kingston. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Gov’t will tweak anti-corruption bill

There will be slight changes to the Integrity Commission bill, an anti-corruption legislation that, in its current form, would allow Cabinet to designate as confidential any contract it chooses, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has said, following outcry from civil society and business leaders. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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4. Holness in Singapore

Prime Minister Andrew Holness left the island last evening for a two-day working visit to Singapore. During his visit, the prime minister will meet with his counterpart His Excellency Lee Hsien Loong. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) says the visit to Singapore is part of the Government’s move to explore investment and economic cooperation in several areas. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Bolt, Thompson headline Ja World Champs team

Sprint kingpin Usain Bolt headlines Jamaica’s 56-member team to the August 4 – 13 World Championships set for London with three other Rio Olympics gold medal winners securing their spots as expected. Twenty-nine females and 27 male athletes make up the squad that was named by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association with a 22-strong management team,which will be headed by Ian Forbes also announced. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. HIV drug shortage not affecting patients -MOH

The Ministry of Health says the shortage of Antiretroviral (ARV) medication, the drug used to treat persons living with HIV, is not affecting patients. The ministry confirmed that two types of the ARVs, Alluvia and Abacavir, are currently in short supply. It says the drugs were scheduled to arrive on the island in June but the deliveries are delayed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.