6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Whistleblowers needed
  2. No ease in St James bloodletting
  3. Slow justice not our fault – McCalla
  4. Jamaicans received $2.2.b in remittances last year
  5. New National Standard Curriculum for education
  6. Public input invited on special operation zones bill

1. Whistleblowers needed

Despite at least two dedicated telephone systems where persons can call anonymously and report cases of corruption, Jamaicans are staying silent and not blowing the whistle. The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) both operate secure and confidential telephone lines, where persons can report acts of dishonesty, but they are just not ringing as often as expected in a country where the practice is rampant. See full story on The Gleaner website.

2. No ease in St James bloodletting

Twenty-four-year-old Nicholas Smith, otherwise called ‘Junior’ of Birch Hill and a man who is yet to be identified have become the latest murder victims in St James. In one incident Smith was fatally shot and a woman left nursing gunshot wounds after they were attacked by gunmen. Reports from the Mount Salem Police are that about 5:15 Wednesday the two were at Smith’s house when the door was kicked in by armed men who opened fire hitting the two. See full story on The Gleaner website.

3. Slow justice not out fault – McCalla

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla has moved to defend the judiciary following complaints from Police Commissioner George Quallo about the length of time it is taking to move cases through the court. At a media briefing on Tuesday Quallo expressed frustration at the snail’s pace at which Jamaica’s judicial system operates as he noted that it takes an average of seven years for matters to be ventilated in court. See full story on The Gleaner website.

4. Jamaicans received $2.2b in remittances last year

Jamaicans living abroad sent home US$2.2 billion to their families in remittances last year. This is an increase of US$65.5 million  when compared to 2015. The 2016 Economic and Social Survey notes that this represented the seventh consecutive year in which remittances increased following the adverse impact of the global financial and economic crisis on Jamaica’s remittances in 2009. See full story on The Gleaner website.

5. New National Standards curriculum for education

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid says the new National Standards Curriculum (NSC) will improve the performance of boys in the education system as it seeks to overhaul teaching methods in schools. Senator Reid says the NSC will allow for teachers to customise the learning experience based on the needs of particular sets of students. See full story on The Gleaner website.

6. Public input invited on special operation zones bill

A Joint Select Committee of Parliament reviewing the Bill to establish special security operations zones is inviting members of the public to give their opinions on the draft legislation. Submissions must be made in writing by June 20. See full story on The Gleaner website.

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