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November 07, 2018
Norman Grindley/Chief Photo Editor Oops! A Jamaica Urban Transit Company bus and this Toyota motor car were involved in a minor accident by South Parade in downtown Kingston on Monday.

Starting today, the Princess Street-North Street intersection in downtown Kingston, located across from the entrance of the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), will be closed to vehicular traffic.

The closure will last for seven days.

During the period of closure, motorists travelling on Slipe Pen Road towards downtown Kingston can continue along Princess Street and turn left on to Beeston Street.

Motorists are also being advised to obey posted warning signs and the instructions of flag persons.

Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the National Works Agency Stephen Shaw says the closure is to facilitate critical drainage improvement works in the vicinity of the hospital.

He said a storm-water drain will be repaired and a defective lateral drain grating will be removed and replaced.

Thirty-eight-year-old Greg Shakes, a security guard of Jacaranda Road, Kingston 11, has been missing since Sunday, October 26.

He is of brown complexion and slim build.

Reports from the Hunts Bay police are that Shakes left home for an undisclosed location and never returned. All attempts to contact him have failed.

His mode of dress at the time he went missing is unknown.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Shakes is being asked to contact the Hunts Bay police at 876-923-7111, Police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CarPIN) is reporting that Jamaican decorative paints have been found to be virtually lead-free.

Poison information coordinator at CarPIN, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, said that this was one of the findings of a recent Lead in Paint Study that was conducted by CarPIN.

"Nearly all paints in a new study that we conducted between July and September of this year, analysing lead in solvent-based paints in Jamaica, had lead content below 90 parts per million (90ppm)," she said.

This, she said, is the maximum allowable limit on lead in paint in the US and Canada.

The National Commercial Bank Foundation (NCBF) will shift its focus as it seeks to support underprivileged students and students islandwide who wish to sit information technology (IT) at the CSEC level.

For the 2018-19 academic year, the foundation will no longer offer support to CSEC principles of accounts and principles of business on a large scale.

However, it will provide support to students on the Government's PATH programme as well as needy students identified by the Ministry of Education and their affiliated school.

NCBF is now appealing to schools across the island to apply. The applications period is now open and is slated to close on Wednesday, November 14.

School representatives are required to provide the name, address, email address and contact number for the school, as well as information on each student up for consideration.

The school must provide the first and last name, telephone number, individual email address along with the last grade average on file for each student.

All applications must be submitted online via the NCBF website using the link: https://www.myncb.com/CSEC.

The National Workers Union (NWU) has written to the Transport Authority issuing a notice for the possible withdrawal of labour.

The 72-hour notice commenced yesterday at 6 a.m.

The notice was served due to the non-confirmation of several route inspectors by the organisation, despite satisfactory performance evaluation reports.

The NWU said it has been writing to the organisation since April 2018 about the situation but it is yet to rectify the situation satisfactorily.

The NWU said if the Transport Authority does not respond within 72 hours, industrial action will be initiated.

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