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  1. Respect Ja democratic process, Holness tells gay advocates
  2. Ashe marks 25 yrs with 25 free gigs
  3. Miguel Diez-Canal next Cuba President
  4. Ja track & field safe – Grange
  5. Portland water shortage – NWC
  6. Beware falling boulders at Bog Walk Gorge – NWA

Holness

1. Respect Ja democratic process, Holness tells gay advocates

In an apparent push-back against pressures from some gay lobby groups and pro-gay countries that are frustrated by the slow pace at which Jamaica is moving to secure the rights of LGBT people, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has appealed for respect for the Jamaican people as the issues are ventilated in the society. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Ashe celebrates 25 yrs with 25 free gigs

In celebration of its silver anniversary as Jamaica’s most prominent performing arts company, Ashe will count 25 years with 25 free performances throughout the year. With this philanthropic move, ASHE put out a call to institutions hosting fund-raising events, at which they would give a complimentary demonstration of the troupe’s talents. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Miguel Diez-Canal is next Cuba President

Cuba on Wednesday selected 57-year-old First Vice-President Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez as sole candidate to succeed Ra?l Castro as president of Cuba, the centrepiece of an effort to ensure that the country’s single-party system outlasts the ageing revolutionaries who created it. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

Olivia Grange

4. Ja track & field safe – Grange

Sports Minister Olivia Grange has said that Jamaica’s performance at the recently concluded Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, demonstrates that the country is expanding its reach in athletics. Grange, who was at the Norman Manley International Airport on Tuesday night to welcome home members of the team, was making reference to the impressive display in non-traditional events like the men’s discus throw, women’s shot put, and women’s 3000m steeplechase. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Portland water shortage – NWC

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that it is to regulate water supplied to sections of Portland because of a significant fall in inflows to its Grants Level system in the parish. The NWC says the water supply schedule is to alleviate service disruptions to a number of areas served by the facility. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Beware falling boulders at Bog Walk Gorge – NWA

The National Works Agency (NWA) has issued a statement advising motorists to exercise extreme caution while traversing the Bog Walk Gorge in St Catherine due to falling boulders. The NWA says a team is now being mobilised to remove a boulder which fell on the road this morning. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.