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O-Wrap: Jamaica 5th in starting business.... Nurses sign wage agreement... Scholarships for 48 teen parents

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

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

1. Jamaica ranked 5th best economy for starting a business

The Jamaican economy was ranked 5th in the world for starting a business in 2018, with a Distance to Frontier (DTF) rating of 97.3, according to the Global Banking and Finance Review.

2. 20-year-old killed in crash on Sir Florizel Glasspole Highway

Twenty-year-old Shem Cole of a Kingston 5 address died yesterday afternoon as a result of injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle crash along the Sir Florizel Glasspole Highway in Kingston.

3. Ganja worth $8 seized in St Elizabeth

Marine police officers based in St Elizabeth seized a quantity of ganja, which is estimated to worth $8 million on the streets, at the Praped Beach in the parish early this morning.

4.Pope calls bishops to 'child protection' meeting in February

Pope Francis will host a meeting in February of senior bishops from around the globe to discuss "the protection of minors", the Vatican announced on Wednesday.

5. Gov't, nurses sign wage agreement

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr Nigel Clarke today announced that the Government and the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) have reached a wage agreement, bringing to 80 per cent the number of public sector workers to sign wage and fringe benefit contracts.

6. $10m in counterfeit goods seized in St Andrew

The Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC) reportedly seized $10 million worth of counterfeit goods at a store located at the Boulevard Shopping Centre in St Andrew yesterday.

7. 48 teen parents get bursaries and scholarships to go back to school

Forty-eight adolescent parents have received bursaries and scholarships valued at $2.32 million to assist with their reintegration into the formal education system.

8. Georgia declares emergency as coast braces for Hurricane Florence

Georgia declared a state of emergency on Wednesday as forecasters warned of torrential rain in the southern state after Hurricane Florence slams into the Carolinas with what an emergency management official called the force of a "Mike Tyson punch".

9. SAC issues position paper for regional integration of sugar market

The Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC), which represents sugar producers in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has disclosed that it issued a position paper on the regional integration of the sugar market on September 7.

10. Joseph Matalon names 2018 PSOJ Hall of Fame inductee

Joseph Matalon has been named the 26th business leader to be inducted into the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica's (PSOJ) Private Sector Hall of Fame.

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