O-Wrap: GraceKennedy calls for flexi-work hours… Cannabis training for pharmacists… Windies head coach resigns

Monday, September 24, 2018

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In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:

1. GraceKennedy urges greater use of flexible work arrangements

GraceKennedy Limited (GK) has issued a call for more of its employees to take advantage of the benefits of flexible work arrangements, amid the growing frustration and valuable man hours lost due to traffic congestion primarily in the Kingston Metropolitan Area.

2. Four of 28 fishermen stuck in Colombia brought home

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has announced that four of the 28 fishermen who were rescued by the Colombian Coast Guard following a fire on their vessel last week were brought home to Jamaica this weekend.

3. Production halted at New Day bauxite plant as workers protest

Production was affected at the New Day Aluminum (Jamaica) Limited in St Ann today as almost 200 hourly-paid workers went on strike for approximately four hours.

4. J'can pharmacists develop short course on medical cannabis

The University of Technology (UTech) Pharmacy Alumni (UPA) and the Caribbean Institute of Pharmacy Policy Practice and Research (CIPPPAR) have developed a new “farm to pharmacy” short course on medical cannibis for Jamaican pharmacists.

5. Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records launches first UK venue Oct 10

Usain Bolt's brand-new Jamaican bar, restaurant and late lounge, Tracks & Records is set to open its first UK venue in London on October 10.

6. Tropical depression Kirk expected to degenerate over next 48 hours

Tropical depression Kirk is expected to degenerate into a trough of low pressure during the next 48 hours as it makes its way towards the Lesser Antilles, the Miami-based National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said on Monday.

7. With genetic tweak, mosquito population made extinct

Scientists said Monday they had succeeded for the first time in wiping out an entire population of malaria-carrying mosquitos in the lab using a gene editing tool to programme their extinction.

8. Stuart Law resigns as Windies head coach

Stuart Law has resigned as head coach of the West Indies Men's team to take on a new role in January 2019.

9. Report reveals widespread waste, inefficiencies in C'bean gov't spending

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Monday said a landmark analysis of government spending in Latin America and the Caribbean reveals widespread waste and inefficiencies that could be as large as US$220 billion a year, or 4.4 per cent of the region's gross domestic product (GDP).

10. Shaw encourages farmers to boost fruit production

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Audley Shaw, is calling on farmers to increase the production of fruits in order to reduce imports.

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