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  1. Bounty on Bobby – Alleged gun smugglers threaten to kill minister
  2. Commonwealth Games: Sprinters on point
  3. Tufton chides Campbell for false statements
  4. Chemicals expert says don’t panic re CRH
  5. Parents’ concerns re HPV vaccine valid
  6. Late Homestead councillor laid to rest

Robert ‘Bobby’ Montague

1. Bounty on Bobby – Alleged gun smugglers threaten to kill minister

Security has been increased around former Minister of National Security, Robert Montague, following reports out of the United States of a possible threat on his life by gunrunners. Montague, who was reassigned to the ministry of transport and mining in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, has now been granted additional police personnel at all times, with security also beefed up at his house. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Commonwealth Games: Sprinters on point

All three Jamaican sprint hurdlers – including schoolboy De’Jour Russell, will compete in the 110m hurdles final at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia after contrasting results. The Jamaicans women’s 400m trio is also safely through to the next round of their event after solid performances. See full story on the Gleaner’s website. See more here.

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton

3. Tufton chides Campbell for false statements

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has rejected the allegation by Opposition Spokesman on Heath Dr Dayton Campbell that the authorities kept staff at the Cornwall Regional Hospital working in areas infested with mould without taking any action. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. Chemicals expert says don’t panic re CRH

Amid fears that some health workers stationed at the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) could have been exposed to serious health hazards, based on a Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) report pointing out that cancer-causing agents have been found in the hospital, renowned chemist Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa has declared it’s not time to panic. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Parents’ concerns re HPV vaccine valid

While gynaecologic oncologist Dr Matthew Taylor does not believe that some of the negative symptoms attributed to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine are true, he feels that the Government erred in not addressing some of the concerns raised by parents when the vaccine was introduced in secondary schools last year. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Late Homestead Councillor laid to rest

Owen Andrew Palmer, late councillor for the Homestead division and minority leader for the Jamaica Labour Party caucus at the St Catherine Municipal Corporation, was laid to rest at the Meadowrest Memorial Park in St Catherine on Saturday after a thanksgiving celebration service for his life held at the Worship Centre on Old Harbour Road, Spanish Town. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.