6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Ja-born high jumper dies in bike crash
  2. Streetlight audit coming
  3. $300m bailout for university students
  4. World’s oldest son with living parent dies
  5. Fast-track diaspora policy – Opposition
  6. Formula for sustained economic growth

1. Ja-born high jumper dies in bike crash

Retired Jamaica-born high jumper Germaine Mason has died in an early morning motorcycle crash along the Palisadoes main road in Kingston. Mason was heading to Kingston when he lost control of the motor bike, crashed, and died on the spot. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Streetlight audit coming

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says local government ministry will be working with the municipalities to carry out a comprehensive night audit of all streetlights. In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Gordon House yesterday, Mr. McKenzie said this will help the ministry to get a true picture of the total number of streetlights across the country. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. $300m bailout for university students

The Government’s decision to allocate $300 million to ease the burden on financially challenged students enrolled at the University of the West Indies, the University of Technology, and the Caribbean Maritime Institute has been welcomed by the opposition People’s National Party (PNP), as well as the outgoing president of the UWI Guild of Students. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. World’s oldest son with living parent dies

A glorious chapter in longevity came to a quiet end yesterday when 97-year-old Harland Fairweather, who was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s oldest man with a living parent, died peacefully at his home in Duanvale, Trelawny. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Fast-track Diaspora policy – Opposition

Opposition spokesman on foreign affairs and foreign trade Dr Morais Guy says that the Andrew Holness administration is paying lip service to the Diaspora as it drags its feet on a policy relating to that critical group. Reiterating his call for the Government to table the country’s Diaspora policy, Guy says that despite raising questions about this key document for more than a year, the administration has failed to bring the policy to Parliament. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Formula for sustained economic growth

Anthony Hylton, a former Cabinet minister in the previous People’s National Party (PNP) administration, spelt out what he believes to be the formula for economic growth in Jamaica during his Sectoral Debate presentation, where he raised concerns about the pace of business environment reforms. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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