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O-wrap: Traffic changes at Six Miles... 'Upscale' electricity theft increases... NWC wants rate review

Thursday, October 18, 2018

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

1. Electricity theft increases in upscale communities — JPS

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) is reporting an uptick in instances of electricity theft among residents in upscale communities across several parishes.

2. New Mandela Highway street lights vandalised

The National Works Agency (NWA) says that several of the new street lamps installed along the Mandela Highway in St Andrew, are now non-functional, following the theft of circuit breakers in the area.

3. Traffic changes along Mandela Highway this weekend — NWA

Another phase of traffic changes is to be implemented along the Mandela Highway in St Andrew, starting this Saturday, October 18, the National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting.

4. PNP Women's Movement urges Gov't to pass Sexual Harassment Bill

The People's National Party (PNP) Women's Movement is urging the government to immediately debate and pass the Sexual Harassment Bill of 2016 so that "sexual predators who prey on women" can be convicted.

5. NPL snacks still being provided to schools islandwide — ministry

he Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says, contrary to media reports, it has been providing snacks through Nutrition Products Limited (NPL) for students on PATH in all 14 parishes across the island, and not only schools in urban areas.

6. Gov't to review education system

The Government will be spending $116.8 million over four years to undertake a comprehensive review of the education system.

7. JDF coastguard among three arrested in separate gun finds

The police are reporting that one man was killed, while a member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coastguard and two other men were arrested in a series of gun seizures in St Andrew and St Catherine within a 24-hour period.

8. US Coast Guard offloads thousands of pounds of cocaine in Caribbean Sea

The United States Coast Guard says the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C Webber offloaded over three thousand pounds of cocaine and 50 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated wholesale value of over US$47 million seized in the Caribbean Sea.

9. NWC applies to OUR for rate review

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says the National Water Commission (NWC) on October 2 applied for a review of its current tariff, proposing a 23 per cent and a 38 per cent average increase in revenues for water and sewerage charges, respectively.

10. Grange hails Reggae Girlz as true champions

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange has hailed the 'historic achievement' of Jamaica's Reggae Girlz who qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup last evening, after defeating Panama in Texas.

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