6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Scammers scared
  2. Arscott threatens to sue over grass claims
  3. #TambourineArmy Nugent walks
  4. Samuda pays grass bill
  5. No more river dwellings -PM
  6. Flash flood warning still in effect

1. Scammers scared

It would appear that the recent arrest and subsequent extradition of several top players in the lottery scam has driven so much fear into the hearts of other local scammers that they are running scared and dropping out of sight. According to Sergeant Kevin Watson, who heads the local Anti-Lottery Scam Task Force, many scammers have gone into hiding, while others have abandoned the illicit scheme and are now opting for a legitimate source of earnings. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Arscott threatens to sue over grass claims

Former government minister Noel Arscott has denied claims that he benefited from 30 acres of grass under the Jamaica Dairy Development Board programme to assist dairy farmers, claiming instead that he only got the equivalent of 10 acres. “I never requested anything. I am a member of a dairy cooperative and a legitimate dairy farmer. Other farmers in the area get the same thing,” Arscott told The Gleaner yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. #TambourineArmy Nugent walks

The first attempt by Jamaican authorities to prosecute a citizen under a controversial amendment to the Cyber Crimes Act, which criminalises the use of a computer for malicious communication, collapsed yesterday before a trial date was set, triggering an ominous warning from the nation’s top prosecutor. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Samuda pays grass bill

Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda has declared that he has now paid a little more than half a million dollars to defray the cost for a government project administered by the Dairy Development Board to plant 14 acres of grass at his farm in Knollis, St Catherine. “I feel more comfortable,” Samuda said in Parliament Wednesday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Holness

5. No more river dwellings -PM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is adamant that informal settlements will not be allowed to continue across the island as they presented too great an issue in times of natural disasters. Yesterday, Holness and a team – including Minister of Labour and Social Security Shahine Robinson and representatives from a number of government agencies – toured several communities across Jamaica that were most affected by heavy rains, which have been pelting the island since last Saturday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Flash flood warning still in effect

The Meteorological Service says a flash flood warning remains in effect for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Ann, St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston, St Andrew, St Catherine, Clarendon and Manchester. At the same time, a flash flood watch in force for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Hanover, St James, Trelawny, Westmoreland and St Elizabeth until 5 a.m Thursday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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