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UsainBolter1. Usain’s last races …

After confirming that next year’s World Championships will be his last major competitive appearance, sprint king Usain Bolt this morning told viewers of Television Jamaica’s ‘Smile Jamaica’ morning magazine programme, that next year’s Racers Grand Prix will in fact be his last race in front of local fans. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. UWI backtracks

The University of the West Indies, Mona (UWI), has backtracked after stating in a letter that they had no legal obligation to appear before the Jamaican Parliament. This after representatives from the UWI, along with other tertiary institutions, were invited to appear before Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee to explain how they have been spending taxpayers’ money. Yesterday, the university’s vice-chancellor, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, issued an apology, saying that the letter was “misunderstood” and that the university “is keen and willing to appear before the PAAC”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Infection control police nurse

Five critical areas of Jamaica’s public hospitals have been earmarked for special policing to minimise the risk of dangerous infection-causing organisms running unfettered. This comes in the wake of the deaths of at least seven newborn babies at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital last month who contracted an infection from their mothers during delivery. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Jamaica gets vote of confidence from IMF

In a joint media release from the Jamaican Government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) yesterday, it was revealed that the Fund’s representatives and Jamaican authorities reached a staff-level agreement on a new economic programme for the country that would be supported by a 36-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) with the IMF. This will allow Jamaica to access Special Drawing Right (SDR) 1.2 billion (equivalent to 312 per cent of quota or about US$1.7 billion). If approved by the IMF’s executive board in November, SDR 300 million, or about US$430 million, would immediately be made available to Jamaica.

5. Pepper spray for municipal police

The St Catherine Parish Council has decided to arm its Municipal Police with pepper spray. The decision was made at the council’s monthly general meeting yesterday. Chairman of the St Catherine parish council, Norman Scott, says the pepper spray would be given to members who have been sworn in as Special District Constables. See more on The Gleaner’s website.

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6. Bermuda starts recovery after Hurricane Nicole

After a direct hit from Hurricane Nicole on Thursday, Bermuda has begun the arduous task of recovery from the strongest hurricane to affect the nation in 13 years.