Hurdling ups and downs
Day 6 was not such a good day for Jamaica on the track at the 2019 IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Wednesday, October 2. Jamaica’s bright medal hope Omar McLeod, fell near the close of the 110 Metres hurdle taking down the country’s chances to increase its medal tally. On the same day though, Jamaicans Akeem Bloomfield and Demish Gaye both qualified for the final of the men’s 400 metres hurdles. They will go into Friday’s final as the two fastest losers. On the Women’s side, also in the hurdles, Jamaican Roshelle Clayton advanced to the finals of the Women’s 400 Metres hurdles winning her semi-final with a time of 54.17. The time placed her third fastest going into the finals.
Concerns for drug
The Government is to ban the importation of the drug known as Zantac, popularly used to relieve heart burn. Over the last several days there have been some concerns about some of its constituents. The drug has been pulled from the shelves of several large US pharmacy chains because of reports that it may have cancer causing ingredients.
Economic growth cut
The Jamaican economy grew by 1.3 per cent for the second quarter of 2019 when compared to the similar quarter of 2018.
The Statistical Institute (STATIN) said this resulted from improved performances in both the Goods Producing Industries (0.6 %) and the Services Industries (1.6 %). Agriculture was one area underperforming.
At the same time, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says growth targets are being revised downward for this year, mainly because of the projected closure of the Alpart/JISCO plant in St Elizabeth.
Some 215 roadways have been blocked or badly damaged by flood events since the start of the current fiscal year in April, resulting in a bill of some $640 million to reopen and reinstate those thoroughfares.
Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave the figures in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, October 1. He also mentioned by name the roads affected and how much it was estimated the repairs of each would cost. He said $84.73 million of the damage was incurred earlier in the year.
The National Works Agency (NWA) said its crews Wednesday targeted roads in three parishes that have been impacted by overnight rains, causing flooding and landslides.
Work was undertaken in the parishes of Clarendon, St. Andrew and St. Thomas, even as heavy rains continued to impact some communities.
In Clarendon, the Trout Hall main road and the main road from St. Johns to Pedro were reopened. Flooding is also reported in Rocky Point and Portland Cottage communities.
In St. Thomas, the main road from Morant Bay to Port Morant was flooded but work was taking place to clear it, NWA said.
And the main Robertsfield community road in St. Andrew was impassable but a team was working to open it.
The House of Representatives has voted that the State of Emergency (SOE) in the South St. Andrew Police Division be extended for three more months. The House on Tuesday, October 1, approved the extension of the enhanced security measure until January 4, 2020. The SOE for the division was announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, on Sunday, July 7, 2019. The Prime Minister brought data to Parliament to show that murders had been nearly halved in the 84 days since the SOE was implemented when compared to the 84 days up to the start of the SOE.