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O-Wrap: UTech lecturers protest... Road works not properly planned... JPS, NWC pay out over $40m

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

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

1. Lecturers at UTech stage sit-in protest

University of Technology (UTech) President, Professor Stephen Vasciannie, a short while ago, disclosed that a 3:00 pm meeting scheduled today between the university management and the union representing lecturers on industrial action did not take place.

2. Fire forces closure of Ashenheim Road

Members of the public are being advised that Ashenhiem Road off Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston is still closed to vehicular traffic following a fire at a business place this morning.

3. Corporate Area road works not properly planned, commuters complain

It is day two of bumper-to-bumper traffic in the Corporate Area resulting from ongoing road works, and commuters are getting more frustrated by the minute.

4. 'Find the strength to endure', Malahoo Forte urges commuters as road works continue

Attorney General of Jamaica and St James Member of Parliament Marlene Malahoo Forte has made an appeal for patience amidst complaints by motorists about the traffic congestion in the Corporate Area due to road improvement works.

5. JBA, JMEA form working group to address high interest rates concerns

The Jamaica Bankers Association (JBA) and the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) have agreed to form a high-level working group to explore solutions to challenges faced by small and medium sized entities in accessing credit.

6. JPS, NWC pay out over $40m to customers in first quarter of 2018

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has disclosed that utility companies, Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS) and the National Water Commission (NWC), paid out more than $40 million to their customers between January and March 2018, for service breaches.

7. Last defendant in Jamaican lottery scam case going to trial

A Rhode Island woman accused of funneling lottery scam money between the US and Jamaica through her airline job goes on trial in federal court in North Dakota this week.

8. Jamaican company to revise regional standards for packaging coconut water

Jamaican company Technological Solutions Limited (TSL), headed by Dr Andre Gordon, has been contracted by Caribbean Agricultural and Research Institute to revise the CARICOM standards and Code of Practice for the packaging of natural coconut water in the region.

9. Cornwall Regional Hospital to benefit from Marlin Tournament

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, has lauded organisers of the 57th Montego Bay Yacht Club's International Marlin Tournament for selecting the Cornwall Regional Hospital as a beneficiary.

10. 1,200 volunteers expected for Hellshire Beach clean-up

Some 1,200 volunteers are expected to participate in the National Environment and Planning Agency's (NEPA) beach clean-up at Hellshire Bay Beach in St Catherine as part of activities for International Coastal Clean-Up Day (ICCD) on September 15.