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LOCAL

1. #X6 murder trial finally gets underway

Five years after 17-year-old Khajeel Mais was shot and killed by the driver of a BMW X6, the trial to determine the fate of accused businessman Patrick Powell has finally gotten under way. Wayne Wright, the driver of the taxi in which Mais was travelling, testified in the Home Circuit Court that after the first shot was fired into his Toyota Succeed motor car, “me duck me head under me steering and drive go straight a Constant Spring Police Station with the guy [Mais]”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Violence hindering community projects

The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) says the flare up of violence in several communities across the island is affecting its work to improve these areas. JSIF managing director, Omar Sweeney, says one major community project in a Westmoreland community is now on hold because of the recent flare up of violence in the area. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. More money for coffee farmers

Coffee farmers are to be paid $1,000 more for each box of coffee. The Mavis Bank Coffee Factory Limited says farmers will be paid $9,000 per box of cherry coffee effective Tuesday October 18. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

plane4. British Airways to increase flights to Kingston

British Airways is increasing service to Kingston – moving from three to four flights weekly, effective summer 2017. The expanded service is expected to further boost both business and leisure travel between Jamaica and London and other European cities. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

INTERNATIONAL

5. Jamaicans don’t expect much from US presidential outcome

Jamaicans appear not to have deluded themselves into thinking Jamaican and Caribbean affairs will receive much attention in the United States presidential election campaign now in its homestretch. Local watchers, however, believe that the indirect implications rest in the positions on immigration and jobs, which are big ticket items for Americans. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Philippines president vows to cut ties with US

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has declared that he will be cutting military and economic ties with the United States.While he gave no details of when or how this will take place, it has raised concerns in the diplomatic community because the Philippines has traditionally been one of the strongest US allies in Asia.