Get set, Williams
Junior Sprint champion Briana Williams is to be reprimanded but not banned over her use of medication that contained a banned diuretic. Williams tested positive for the banned substance hydrochlorothiazide and this week faced a hearing of the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP) the panel ruled that the 19-year-old athlete was in breach but said that it was through no significant fault or negligence of hers. Also it said it did not believe she did intended to cheat. She is to be reprimanded at a later date. Williams was provisionally named in the Jamaica team to the World Championships in Doha, Qatar starting Friday, September 27.
Holness talks with UN Secretary General
Prime Minister Andrew Holness, met Thursday, September 26 with the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. Mr Holness said it was an honour to be given the opportunity, together with the President of France and the Prime Minister of Qatar, to bring attention to the need for funding of the Green Climate Fund.
The Green Climate Fund has been established to respond to climate change through investments in the reduction of greenhouse gases, and assisting with climate resilience.
“The Fund is still not as endowed as is should be, however, the advocacy of the co-chairs and I has helped to create even more awareness of its importance. This has also served to inspire numerous countries to make contributions,” said Prime Minister Holness
Prime Minister Andrew Holness with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
Searching for the boy
The search continued through Thursday for Kyle Richards, the nine-year-old boy who was washed away near August Town, Wednesday afternoon. The team pushed on toward the Hope River’s mouth at Harbour View. However, with few tools and even lack of appropriate gear, the many residents who had come out to search made slow progress. The Mayor of Kingston promised early Thursday afternoon to get additional help as the residents called for JDF to assist.
JUTC getting there
Nearly 350 buses from the Jamaica Urban Transport Company (JUTC) were out at one stage Thursday, following two days of disrupted service.
The company deployed 317 buses by mid-morning and reports say that number went up to 350. The JUTC was unable to put out more buses as some drivers had still not reported and some of its buses have leaks being fixed. The JUTC service was almost non-existent Tuesday and most of Wednesday, following the murder of one of the company’s driver-mechanics, Monday night. That was believed to be in retaliation to the stabbing death of a taxi operator.
Poor weather continues
Heavy rains lashed many parts of Jamaica Thursday as the Meteorological Service continued the Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Clarendon, St. Catherine, Kingston and St. Andrew, and St. Thomas.
It also maintained the Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Ann, St. Mary, and Portland, until 5:00 p.m. tomorrow. The Met Service said a persistent Trough across Jamaica and the central Caribbean continues to produce unstable weather conditions across sections of the island.
Satellite imagery and rainfall data indicate that light to moderate and at times, heavy showers have been affecting southern parishes with the greatest intensity being recorded over south central and south eastern parishes.