6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. $150m port expansion project to boost competitiveness
  2. Man charged with Peter Abrahams’ murder
  3. Gov’t to address pork glut
  4. Woman with missing teens held on trafficking charges
  5. NIS contributors to pay more
  6. PNP to host islandwide consultations

1. $150m port expansion project to boost competitiveness

A hefty US$150 million has been earmarked by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) to significantly boost the container capacity at the port and to increase the maximum boat size able to access Port Bustamante by way of deepening the channel and bay through dredging. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Man charged with Peter Abrahams’ murder

Sixty-one-year-old Norman Tomlinson of Cyprus District in Red Hills, St Andrew has been charged with last month’s murder of veteran journalist Peter Abrahams. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Gov’t to address pork glut

The government is today expected to address the issue of the pork glut which is threatening the viability of some local farmers. The Opposition has accused the Government of contributing to the glut by granting permits for imported pork and pork products. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Woman with missing teens held on trafficking charges

A 23-year-old Kingston vendor is behind bars this afternoon on charges of human trafficking amid accusations she was forcing teen girls into trading sex for money. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. NIS contributors to pay more

Contributors to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) will in the 2018-19 fiscal year be required to contribute more to the scheme. Currently, the contribution rate for NIS is 2.5 per cent by employees, which is matched by a similar contribution by employers. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. PNP to host islandwide consultations

The People’s National Party (PNP) is to kick off a series of islandwide consultations this week on what it says are critical issues affecting Jamaicans. The first consultation will take place on Thursday at  6 p.m. at the Montego Bay Community College in St James. See full story on The Gleaner’s website. 

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