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O-Wrap: JTA rejects wage offer…New cardiac facility at Bustamante hospital… 570 criminal records expunged

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

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

1. JTA unanimously rejects government's wage offer

The Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) has unanimously rejected a wage offer put forward by the Ministry of Finance. Full story here

2. Bartlett to visit Airbnb, Google headquarters

Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett is to travel to San Francisco, California, this week to meet with representatives of American technology companies Google and Airbnb . Full story here

3. Tufton shares pictures of new children cardiac facility construction

Minster of Health, Christopher Tufton, shared pictures via Twitter of the ongoing construction of the new cardiac facility at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) today. Full story here

4. Facebook losing teens to Instagram, Snapchat

Facebook use in the US will slow as teens and young adults opt for smartphone image-sharing services Instagram and Snapchat, according to an eMarketer forecast released on Tuesday. Full story here

5. Ministry encourages parents to pay contribution to schools

The Ministry of Education is encouraging parents to pay voluntary contributions to schools stating that it “can't pay everything”. Full story here

6. Another Jamaican lottery scam suspect scheduled for trial

Another defendant charged in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say bilked mostly elderly Americans out of millions of dollars has been added to the group who will stand trial in January. Full story here

7. Barca seeking US$10m from Neymar over contract breach

Barcelona are seeking at least US$10 million (8.5 million euro) from Neymar for breach of contract, the club said on Tuesday as the bitter fallout rumbles on from his world record 222-million euro move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Full story here

8. 570 criminal records expunged so far this year — Justice Ministry

Since the start of the year, a total of 570 criminal records have been expunged, 245 of which were done during the April to June 2017 period, according to the Ministry of Justice. Full story here

9. St Vincent woman dies a week after being set on fire for sex

The 44-year-old woman, who was allegedly set on fire one week ago for refusing to have sex with a man, has died. Full story here

10. CPL: Gayle, Lewis keep Patriots winning streak alive — full report

Half-centuries from captain Chris Gayle and his opening partner, Evin Lewis, propelled in-form St Kitts and Nevis Patriots to a handsome 37-run victory over reigning champions Jamaica Tallawahs in their Caribbean Premier League on Monday night. Full story here

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