We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
Another Lightning Strike
Reports were emerging late Tuesday afternoon that a student from Haile Selassie High School was hurt by lightning as he and other footballers walked off the field during rains at a match, in the Corporate Area. The match had been called off because of poor weather conditions. The footballer reportedly fell to the ground after a lightning strike as players and officials walked off the field. He was taken to hospital. Two weeks ago five players were injured following a lightning strike at the National Stadium East field during a match being played while it rained.
Women Advance At Doha
Jamaican athletic fans were dealt an emotional blow Tuesday when Elaine Thompson failed to start in the Women’s 200 Metres semifinals at Doha. It had been hoped that after her easy 2nd place run in the heats, Thompson would be driving through to a medal in the 200 Metres finals. Sashalee Forbes finished eighth in her semifinal and failed to advance. However, there was much better news in the Women’s 400 Metres when Stephanie Ann McPherson placed first in her semifinal and Sherica Jackson also advanced as one of the fastest non-automatic qualifiers. In the 400 Metres Hurdles Rushell Clayton with a first-place 55.23 seconds run and Shiann Salmon both advanced to the semifinal round.
Gaming Agencies Merger
Chairman of the Betting, Gaming & Lotteries Commission (BGLC), Clovis Metcalfe, says the merger of Jamaica’s three State-run gaming agencies will effect stronger oversight and sustainable regulation of the local gaming industry. The BGLC, Jamaica Racing Commission (JRC), and Casino Gaming Commission (CGC) are undergoing a merger to create one entity – the Jamaica Gaming Commission. “Together, we will be a stronger, comprehensive regulator that will exercise its mandate to assure compliance, promote responsible gaming, and protect the public and those who are most vulnerable to the potential negative impacts of our industry,” Mr Metcalfe said. He was speaking at the opening ceremony of the International Association of Gaming Regulators (IAGR) Conference 2019, at the Half Moon Hotel in St. James on Monday, September 30.
The National Council on Drug Abuses is informing the public of the dangers of vaping and its possible impact on the body. The Council says, even as there are several unknown chemicals in the vape – the act of vaping can already be linked to acute illnesses, symptoms, and issues, such as: Brain Damage, Nicotine Addiction, Raised Heart Rate, Raised Blood Pressure, Deteriorating Asthma Conditions, Chest Pains, Coughing and Wheezing and Death, and much more. In recent weeks several US states are moving against availability of e-cigarettes to teens and warning about health dangers from vaping.
Patrick Rosegreen Is Dead
Former West Central St. James Member of Parliament, Patrick Rosegreen, is dead. The former Spring Gardens Councillor and MP who represented the PNP died Monday, September 30. He was elected to represent West Central St James in 1989 and held the seat for two terms until 1997. His service has been hailed by PNP President Dr Peter Phillips.