6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. National drainage solution needed
  2. Rain wreaks havoc islandwide
  3. Agroprocessors encouraged to use more scallion
  4. Parishes devastated by rain
  5. PM to tour flooded areas
  6. Jetcon to expand

1. National drainage solution needed

Civil Engineer Carvel Stewart says it’s imperative that a national drainage solution be designed to address the longstanding problem of heavy flooding. Stewart, who is a past president of the Incorporated Master Builders Association, says the country lacks a proper design for its drainage solutions. According to him, a major flaw of Jamaica’s drainage system is the designing of roads to carry water. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Rain wreaks havoc islandwide

A trough across the central Caribbean and Jamaica has been influencing weather conditions across the island since Saturday night and is expected to continue into tomorrow, according to the Meteorological Service. Torrential rainfall has caused severe damage in several parishes, including flooding, landslides, infrastructural damage, agricultural destruction, ruined houses and power outages. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Agroprocessors encouraged to use more scallion

Agro-processors are being encouraged to use more scallion, to minimise the impact of the beet army worm (BAW) on farmers. “This would help, as farmers would have a ready market to supply the scallion as opposed to leaving them unattended in the fields, which is what creates a host for the BAW to reproduce and grow in numbers,” deputy research director, Crop and Plant Protection Unit, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Michelle Sherwood, said. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Parishes devastated by rains

The disabled, children and the elderly were among the vulnerable groups impacted by severe weather conditions that plagued Jamaica since Saturday night into yesterday, in many instances causing flooding, landslides and damaged houses and businesses, as well as the loss of electricity and piped water. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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5. PM to tour flooded areas

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and representatives from the emergency services will today tour the parishes worst hit by this week’s floodrains. Holness who was in the Dominican Republic cut short his visit and returned to the island last night to deal with the damage caused by heavy rainfall in sections of the island. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Jetcon to expand

Listed pre-owned auto dealer Jetcon Corporation is looking to expand to maximise on last year’s bull run that has carried over into the company’s first quarter of this year. Jetcon grew revenues by 75 per cent to $258 million in the March quarter. Business has spiked consistently for the company since it went public a year ago via the junior stock market. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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