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  1. $600m bushing programme probe
  2. EOJ, parties ready for Local Govt Election
  3. Almost 5,000 Portmore votes lost
  4. Corporate roads flooded
  5. China wants in on Caribbean, Latin American media
  6. Global partnership to help end violence against children

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1. $600m bushing programme probe

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has opened a probe into the Government’s contentious $600 million bush-clearing work programme that the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) says is being used to ‘buy’ support for Monday’s local government elections. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. EOJ, parties ready for Local Government Election

The Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) say that staff and polling station material are in place for Election Day Workers and members of the police and military forces to cast their votes on Friday. It says preparations have been made to accommodate voting for the 38,877 special services electors ahead of the November 28 Local Government Elections. This group is made up of 10,196 police officers, 2,373 soldiers and 26,308 Election Day Workers. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

poll-box3. Almost 5,000 Portmore votes lost

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is reporting that some 4,837 electors in 16 polling divisions will no longer be able to vote in the Portmore mayoral election following a court decision, handed down this week. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Corporate roads flooded

The police are urging motorists to be cautious when using the following roads because of flooding: Half-Way Tree Road, Hagley Park Road, Three Miles. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. China wants in on Caribbean, Latin American media

Chinese President Xi Jinping is extending a hand of friendship to the media in Latin American and the Caribbean, saying it would influence government decisions, create new friendships, and lay the foundation for new  partnerships. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Global partnership to help end violence against children

Deep-rooted social issues that continue to plague the society, in addition to horrific incidents of violence against children, are among several problems Prime Minister Andrew Holness expects to be addressed following yesterday’s launch of the Global Partnership to end violence among youth. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.