6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. $7m ganja bust in Westmoreland
  2. Lawyer arrested on fraud charges
  3. MOH to spend $16m on vector control
  4. PetroCaribe safe, says ambassador
  5. AG chides finance ministry for $22m overpayment to advisers
  6. $3.4b to restore rain-damaged roads, drains

1. $7m ganja bust in Westmoreland

Ganja valued at almost $7 million has been seized by members of the Police Narcotics Division during an operation in Whitehouse, Westmoreland. It is reported that about 10:45 p.m on Monday, the cops were on an operation in Whitehouse when they attempted to intercept two motor vehicles. See full story on The Gleaner website.

2. Lawyer arrested on fraud charges

Attorney-at-law Herbert Grant has been arrested and charged with uttering forged document and conspiracy to defraud. He was arrested by detectives at the Fraud Squad Unit of the Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Investigation Branch (C-TOC). The charges stem from allegations surrounding a property purchase which began in 1986. See full story on The Gleaner website.

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is shown on human skin.

3. MOH to spend $16m on vector control

The Ministry of Health says it is to spend an additional 16 million dollars to procure supplies and employ temporary workers as it steps up its vector control activities in light of the recent rains. St. Ann, Portland, St. Mary, Clarendon, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, Trelawny, Kingston and St. Andrew and St. Catherine were the most affected parishes. See full story on The Gleaner website.

4. PetroCaribe safe, says ambassador

Charge d’Affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy, Luis Gutierrez, said the Nicolas Maduro administration remains committed to bilateral agreements between the troubled South American nation and its Caribbean counterparts, including Jamaica. See full story on The Gleaner website.

5. AG chides finance ministry for $22m overpayment to advisers

In blatant disregard for its own rules, the Ministry of Finance, over the period 2010-2016, approved salaries that were $26 million in excess of the maximum for 22 advisers and assistants engaged across three selected ministries, the auditor general has found. See full story on The Gleaner website.

6. $3.4b to restore rain-damaged roads, drains

It will cost an estimated $3.4 billion to restore roads and drains damaged by rains since March. According to the National Works Agency (NWA), there has been some $2.1 billion in damage to roads and drains since March including $1.4 billion for damage to infrastructure between May 13 and 17. See full story on The Gleaner website.

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