6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Deadly start to June
  2. McKenzie warns builders that he will have order
  3. Opposition warns impasse between judiciary, Gov’t dangerous
  4. Father of 2-y-o killed in car crash charged
  5. Jamaican woman in BVI chopped to death by husband
  6. Tomblin leaves JPS

1. Deadly start to June

The People’s National Party (PNP) said that it was concerned about murder statistics, which have revealed that up to last week Saturday, 639 persons had been killed since the start of the year. The first 10 days of June accounted for 68 of those murders. In the previous month, 137 persons were killed. See full story on The Gleaner website.

2. McKenzie warns builders that he will have order

Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie said he is not bluffing when he insists that buildings now being erected must be in full compliance with the building codes and laws of the country. McKenzie, speaking during a national building policy workshop at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last week, made it clear that he was uncomfortable with people flouting the law by erecting buildings that have not been given the nod from the relevant state agencies. See full story on The Gleaner website.

3. Opposition warns impasse between judiciary, Gov’t dangerous

The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is warning that the current impasse between the government and judiciary over outstanding pay is constitutionally dangerous and must be resolved immediately. In a release this afternoon, Opposition spokesman on Justice, Senator Mark Golding, called on the Government to immediately finalise the outstanding package of pay and other benefits owing to the judiciary, in keeping with the recommendations of a December 2015 report of the Independent Commission. See full story on The Gleaner website.

4. Father of 2-y-o killed in car crash charged

A father, whose two-year-old daughter was killed after he crashed his vehicle along the AGR Byfield Highway in St Ann, has been charged. He is 24-year-old Omeal Riley of Roaring River in St Ann. He has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving.  See full story on The Gleaner website.

5. Jamaican woman in BVI chopped to death by husband

A Jamaican woman has been chopped to death in the British Virgin Islands and her husband, a native of St Vincent and the Grenadines, in police custody. She has only been named as Sherika. BVI News quoted the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force as saying that the incident took place yesterday evening at the couple’s home in the Greenland area of East End on the island of Tortola. See full story on The Gleaner website.

6. Tomblin leaves JPS

Despite her efforts to change the public’s perception of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), the outgoing president and chief executive officer, Kelly Tomblin, knows that it has not been enough and has apologised to those who believe she should have done more during her five-year tenure. See full story on The Gleaner website.

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