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Your news in a nutshell

  1. Penn Relays: J’cans hunt titles
  2. Phillips apologises for middle finger
  3. ECJ recruiting new director of elections
  4. Phillips warns against changing Opposition-led committees
  5. Terrelonge bats for girls in STEM
  6. Suspected serial rapist arrested in Portmore

1. Penn Relays: J’cans hunt titles

GC Foster College and the University of Technology (Utech) will be hoping  for Championships of America titles on Friday, following preliminary round action in their respective relays on Thursday’s opening day of competition for college female athletes at the 124th Penn Relays. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

Peter Phillips

2. Phillips apologises for middle finger

Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips has apologised for showing his middle fingers in Parliament on Tuesday during a discussion on the problems facing the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James. Public criticisms have been mounting for Phillips to apologise for the gesture which he said was not intended to be offensive. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. ECJ recruiting new director of elections

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says it has started the process to recruit a new Director of Elections. In March, Orrette Fisher resigned amid controversy over his tenure. Fisher, who worked at the electoral body for 23 years, filed an application in the Supreme Court challenging his one-year contract as director. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

Holness

4. Phillips warns against changing Opposition-led committees

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has warned that the Andrew Holness-led administration should tread carefully in trying to change the status quo allowing Opposition members to chair some parliamentary committees. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Terrelonge bats for girls in STEM

State Minister in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Alando Terrelonge has challenged students at St George’s Girls’ Primary and Infant School in Kingston to strive to achieve at the highest levels. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Suspected serial rapist arrested in Portmore

The police are reporting that a suspected serial rapist was this morning arrested in Waterford, Portmore, St. Catherine following an operation by detectives assigned to the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch (C-TOC). See full story on the Gleaner’s website.