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Published:Tuesday | July 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 IV fluid to be shipped to Jamaica this week

The National Health Fund (NHF) says a promised shipment of intravenous (IV) fluid for the public health sector is to arrive in Jamaica this week.

Last month, the health ministry had to turn to alternative sources as the regular supplier in the United States was being affected by the worldwide shortage. There were also reports of shortages of the crucial medical supplies at local hospitals.

Chief executive officer of the NHF, Everton Anderson, says a shipment of 120,000 units of IV fluid will arrive in the island this week, which should ease the shortage in the sector. Anderson says the national demand for IV fluid is approximately 70,000 bags per month but Jamaica's fell to about 30,000 because of the global situation. He says supplies were even brought in by air to ensure that Jamaica was never compromised.

$62-million solar-power systems for 15 schools

The Government is to spend $62 million to install solar-power systems at 15 schools and three public-sector agencies as part of initiatives to reduce their electricity bills. The initiative is being undertaken through the Public Sector Solar PV Project.

State minister in the energy ministry, Julian Robinson, says collectively, the 18 solar-power systems will result in savings of more than $16 million a year on electricity bills in the public sector. He also said the project has been approved by the Cabinet and the contracts should be signed soon.

71-year-old retired teacher found hanging

Seventy-one-year-old retired teacher Noel Carney, of Hawthorne Avenue, Kingston 20, is suspected to have killed himself at his home Sunday afternoon.

The police say a relative stumbled upon the body around midday.

The body of the teacher was seen hanging by the neck from a leather belt that was tied to the staircase.

The police say the scene was processed and the body removed to the morgue.

Rising crime leaves Clarendon community fearful

The residents of Crooks Gate in Clarendon are expressing fear for their lives after several recent attacks in the community.

The latest incident incurred Sunday night when gunmen reportedly held up and robbed a woman and her male companion of their cell phones and cash while on their way to a party.

This latest incident happened just two days after the reported sexual assault of two female high-school students in the same vicinity.

The residents say overgrown vegetation in the area is providing a cover for criminals. They are pleading for the authorities to have the area cleared regularly and to install street lights.