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  1. Holness steers clear of calls for sanctions against Venezuela
  2. Nathaniel Stone wins Spelling Bee
  3. Water bill increase likely
  4. 1,000 lbs of ganja seized, Costa Ricans arrested
  5. PM urged to confirm Sykes quickly
  6. US Secretary of State arrives

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

1. Holness steers clear of calls for sanctions against Venezuela

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has stated that Jamaica is no longer getting oil from Venezuela but has avoided saying whether his administration supports the economic isolation of the South American country in the international community. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Nathaniel Stone wins Spelling Bee

It was persistence that delivered the thrills this year for Clarendon’s Nathaniel Stone — the 2018 Gleaner’s Children’s Own Spelling Bee Champion. Stone, a three-time parish finalist, took the title after he spelt the championship word OROTUND. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Water bill increase likely

National Water Commission (NWC) customers could see an increase in their water bills as a result of the introduction of water abstraction fees by the Water Resources Authority (WRA). The fee structure, which takes effect on April 1, applies to entities with domestic, industrial, agriculture and hydropower/recreational licences. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. 1000 lbs of ganja seized, Costa Ricans arrested

Eleven people including four Costa Ricans have been arrested and approximately 1,000 pounds of ganja and two motor cars seized in Sweet River district, Westmoreland. The Westmoreland police report that about 11 o’clock yesterday morning, a makeshift shed was discovered in bushes by cops on an operation in the community. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. PM urged to confirm Sykes quickly

Retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton, has urged Prime Minister Andrew Holness to “move with haste” in confirming Justice Bryan Sykes as Chief Justice. Panton, the longest-serving appeal court president, contends that there is no need to leave open the possibility of a constitutional challenge to the acting appointment. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. US Secretary of State arrives

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is now in Jamaica for a three-hour working visit. Tillerson landed around midday at the Norman Manley International Airport. During his trip, he is expected to seek Jamaica’s support for America’s position against Venezuela in the international community. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.