6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. More rain coming from tropical wave
  2. No patty shop, respect due process – DPP to Munroe
  3. Non-productive workers holding Jamaica back
  4. Beware ransomware
  5. Watch out for beet armyworm
  6. UWI GATFEST to host filmmakers from 28 countries

1. More rain coming from tropical wave

The Meteorological Service says weather conditions are expected to deteriorate tomorrow as a Tropical Wave moves across the island. It says periods of light to moderate, and at times, heavy showers with isolated thunderstorms are expected to continue to affect sections of all parishes until Thursday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Paula Llewelyn

2. No patty shop, respect due process – DPP to Munroe

Anti-corruption campaigner Professor Trevor Munroe would, ideally, want a review of constitutional powers given to the director of public prosecutors (DPP) to intervene in cases, but the office holder, Paula Llewellyn, says that that appears to be a “run with it” attempt to simply get more corruption prosecution numbers. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Non-productive workers holding Jamaica back

The failure of local workers to be the best they can be at their jobs as well as Jamaica itself not being able to properly monetise its creative industry, have been listed as two of the most significant factors that have forced the island into the lowest rank among Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) member states for the past 26 years, where economic growth is concerned. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Beware ransomware

Economic hardships faced by Internet users across the globe are being cited as playing a significant role in large numbers of persons falling victim to cyber hackers and scammers. Local information security consultant Damian Donaldson made the observation in the wake of what is being considered one of the largest cyber-attacks the world has ever seen. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Watch out for beet armyworm – RADA

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) is urging farmers to be careful when purchasing plants, to avoid the beet armyworm (BAW). Speaking at a JIS think tank on May 12, Michelle Sherwood, deputy research director of the Crop and Plant Protection Unit, Research Development Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, said that farmers outside of St Elizabeth who are planning to expand production, especially scallion, should be careful not to cause a spread in the outbreak, which could threaten other crops. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. UWI GATFEST to host filmmakers from 28 countries

Film-makers from 28 countries will join local talent in showcasing their work in various genres at the 2017 staging of the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) GATFFEST film festival. Scheduled to be held from June 15 to 24 under the theme ‘From the Streets to the Screen,’ the event will feature workshops and screenings of films in the areas of drama, comedy, action, sci-fi, documentary, animation and suspense. It is being organised by the UWI Centre for Tourism and Policy Research. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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