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  1. Former PM Patterson tells Holness to reconsider position on chief justice
  2. Gov’t proposes 16% increase over 4 years for doctors
  3. Ja set for Athletics World Cup in summer
  4. Churches join call for chief justice appointment
  5. Man sentenced to 4 years for killing wife
  6. Grange optimistic about Winter Olympics medal

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

1. Former PM Patterson tells Holness to reconsider position on chief justice

Former Prime Minister P.J Patterson says Prime Minister Andrew Holness should reconsider his position and appoint Bryan Sykes to act as Chief Justice. Prime Minister Holness has been blasted by critics for the appointment the jurist to act instead of a permanent post saying it amounts to putting the judge on probation which interferes with the principle of separation of powers. But the head of government has maintained his position saying he is from a new age with a new way of thinking. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t proposes 16% increase over 4 years for doctors

The Government has offered the Jamaica Medical Doctors’ Association a 16 per cent salary increase over four years. The offer was presented by government negotiators at a meeting yesterday. The government had previously offered a six percent increase over two years, with three per cent in year one and another three per cent in year two. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Ja set for Athletics World Cup in summer

Jamaica’s senior track and field athletes can look forward to another opportunity to represent the country in what is considered as a down year in track and field, as British Athletics has announced yesterday that eight of the world’s top track and field nations will compete in their inaugural Athletics World Cup this summer in London. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Churches join call for chief justice to be appointed immediately

The Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) has added its voice to concerns about the appointment of an acting chief justice, saying Prime Minister Andrew Holness should find more effective ways of establishing systems of accountability for the office if he thinks it’s lacking. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Man sentenced to 4 years for killing wife

A St Catherine man, who chopped his common-law wife to death two years ago, was sentenced to four years in prison when he appeared in the St Catherine Circuit Court last Friday. Errol Morrison of Pointhill St Catherine, was charged with the murder of Hermalin Bell 42-year-old labourer also of Pointhill. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Grange optimistic about winter Olympics medal

Sports minister Olivia Grange said she is confident of a podium finish for Jamaica in the bobsleigh competition at the Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9 to 25. “I feel that the girls will make the podium” was the minister’s optimistic assessment after her videoconference on Sunday with Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian, Carrie Russell and Audra Segree, who are the first Jamaican women to qualify for the bobsleigh competition at the Games. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.