6 Things You Need To Know

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  1. Almost 250 murders in St James
  2. New mayor has big plans for Kgn
  3. Waiting for update on UK prison offer
  4. Fast-paced health care
  5. Ja selected for global mineral programme
  6. WROC wants action on gender-based violence

1. Almost 250 murders in St James

With illegal guns still barking and another six murders recorded over the past three days, it now seems a safe bet that St James, which shattered last year’s record 212 murders in October, is poised to crack the 250 mark for the first time this year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. New mayor has big plans for Kgn

Delroy Williams, the new mayor of Kingston, has laid out a vision to lead Jamaica’s capital since 1872 to ‘mega-city’ status in four years. But no sooner had he declared his intentions at yesterday’s swearing-in than he had to put his gavel to use to get order – something he said would be central to the vision – following nasty bickering between councillors from both sides of the political divide. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Waiting for update on UK prison offer

Just what is taking the Andrew Holness administration almost five months to answer a Senate question on the status of the United Kingdom’s J$5.5 billion offer to help build a modern prison here is not certain, and it is not clear whether that answer will come in what is expected to be today’s last sitting for 2016. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Fast-paced health care

The Reduction in Waiting Time Project, intended to significantly slash long periods that patients spend waiting for treatment at public-health facilities, was officially launched yesterday at the Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) in St Andrew. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Ja selected for global mineral programme

Jamaica is poised to tap into new global and domestic mineral markets through a capacity building programme that will help small-scale operators transform deposits of underutilised minerals into everyday goods and infrastructure such as roads, bridges and housing. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. WROC wants action on gender-based violence

Outraged by the killing of women by their ex-lovers, the Women’s Resource and Outreach Centre is demanding a comprehensive response to gender-based violence. Coordinator at the centre Nikeisha Sewell Lewis says the response mechanism should involve the state, civil society and the private sector. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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