Your news in a nutshell
1. One day to go for US presidential elections
Who will be the next president of the United States of America? Will it be Hilary Clinton, or will it be Donald Trump? That question will be answered tomorrow when Americans go to the polls to vote for their next leader. Already, 41 million early voters have cast their ballots. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
2. Local government elections campaigning under way
Local Government Elections are to be held on Monday November 28. Nomination Day is Friday November 11. As things heat up, People’s National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller has directed her candidates contesting the November 28 local government elections to “leave nothing to chance”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
3. Screen student athletes
Vice-president of the Western Basketball Association, Deon Williams, is calling for stringent medical screening for student athletes, following the death of Spot Valley High School basketball player Saymar Ramsay on Friday evening. The 17-year-old sixth-form student and his teammates were on their way home after contesting an Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Under-19 basketball game against Cornwall College when he reportedly fell ill on the school bus. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
4. UTech probe continues
The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) is currently investigating the University of Technology (UTech) for what may be possible procurement breaches. An officer in the procurement department at the university confirmed that the probe has been ongoing since the start of the year, but declined to provide details. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
5. Chapelton hospital under scrutiny after pregnant woman gives birth on sidewalk
The island’s health sector is again facing scrutiny after claims that a pregnant woman was forced to give birth on a sidewalk because she was turned away by staff at the Chapelton hospital in Clarendon. A relative told The Gleaner that the pregnant woman was turned away by a nurse who told her that she should go to the May Pen Hospital. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
6. NEPA still in dark on Nain
The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has not been involved in any discussions on the use of coal as a potential power source at the old Alpart bauxite facility in Nain, St Elizabeth, whenever Jiuquan Iron and Steel gets its operations going. The Jamaica Environment Trust had voiced strong objection to the proposed construction of a 1,000-megawatt, coal-fired power plant, citing the threat to health and the natural environment. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.