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Monday, March 19, 2018

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

1. New police commissioner sworn in

Major General Antony Anderson began his first day as Commissioner of Police, after taking the Oath of Office today.

2. Teachers reject latest wage offer

Members of the General Council of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) today voted to reject the latest salary offer from the government.

3. 123 in custody during Enhanced Security Operations in St Catherine

Approximately 123 people, including three wanted men, were taken into custody for processing during the first 24 hours of the State of Public Emergency in St Catherine North.

4. New Buff Bay police station to be built by November 2019

By November 2019 residents of Buff Bay in Portland, will have a new police station, which is being built by the National Housing Trust (NHT) at a cost of $50 million.

5. Improvement work begins on Hagley Park Road

The National Works Agency (NWA) says motorists should expect increased traffic in short order as the bulk of work begins on the Hagley Park Road Improvement Project.

6. Texas facing 'serial bomber'

Fear escalated across Austin on Monday after the fourth bombing this month — this time, a blast that was triggered by a tripwire and demonstrated what police said was a "higher level of sophistication" than the package bombs used in the previous attacks.

7. Audacious Samuels stuns Zimbabwe to keep alive Windies hopes

Marlon Samuels countered Brendan Taylor's spectacular 10th One-Day International hundred with an audacious half-century as West Indies completed their fifth highest run chase in One-Day Internationals, to beat Zimbabwe by four wickets and haul themselves back into contention for a spot in next year's World Cup in England.

8. Usain Bolt to attend Commonwealth Games as a spectator

Sprint legend Usain Bolt will attend next month's Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast to watch the 100-metres final, former Jamaican world champion Yohan Blake has revealed.

9. Business Process Outsourcing is diverse – Chang

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Dr Horace Chang, says in order for Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) to attract more young professionals, greater effort must be made to demonstrate that the sector's services far exceed call centre operations.

10. Infrastructure development key to tourism's sustainability — Bartlett

Tourism Minister, Edmund Bartlett, says the tourism industry's sustainability rests to a great extent on investment in extensive infrastructure development and the sector's modernisation.

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