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  1. Police to get power to do fingerprints in public places?
  2. Angela Brown-Burke wins Portia’s seat
  3. World Champs: Delays in Birmingham
  4. Two Americans killed in car crash
  5. Major renovation for MoBay Convention Centre
  6. NHF drug list being revamped

1. Police to get power to do fingerprints in public places?

Defence attorney, Bert Samuels, is raising alarm at plans by the government to empower the police to collect fingerprints from items and objects in public spaces. National Security Minister, Robert Montague, has disclosed that the Fingerprint Act will be amended to give effect to the change. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Angela Brown-Burke wins Portia’s seat

The need to protect the “interest” of St Andrew South Western was a common refrain among the key leaders in the People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday as outsider Angela Brown Burke was selected as the party’s standard-bearer for the constituency. The senator and PNP vice-president gained 595 votes to Audrey Smith Facey’s 502, neither getting 50 per cent of the 1,894 who were eligible to cast ballots. There were eight spoilt ballots. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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3. World Champs: Delays in Birmingham

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is likely to head straight to the Jamaican team hotel in London ahead of the World Championships, while other top names, such as Omar McLeod and Hansle Parchment, are yet to arrive as management works to correct a number of logistical issues. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Two Americans killed in car crash

Two United States residents perished in an early morning crash on Saturday that involved three motor vehicles. The crash, along the Queen’s Highway, west of Discovery Bay, St Ann, along Jamaica’s north coast, also resulted in three persons being hospitalised. Dead are 34-year-old Jermaine Dujon Traverso of a Miramar, Florida, address and Dwayne Malcolm, whose address was not available. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Major renovation for MoBay Convention Centre

The Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St James, is to be renovated at a cost of approximately $200 million. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett said this forms part of the Government’s undertaking to make the facility “fit for purpose” in its transformation into a major venue to host meetings and conventions, thereby boosting its profitability. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. NHF drug list being revamped

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton said the National Health Fund’s (NHF) Vital, Essential and Necessary (VEN) drug list is being revamped as part of cost-saving measures. He said the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will assist the agency, which falls under his portfolio, to develop a benchmark that guides the purchasing of the requisite quantity of medications to treat ailments. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.