6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Patrick Powell found guilty of forearm offence
  2. Search on for missing American
  3. Red Stripe seeks 200 cassava farmers
  4. Policewoman sentenced for harbouring fugitive
  5. Escapee recaptured after two years on the run
  6. Today is World Population Day

1. Patrick Powell found guilty of firearm offence

Businessman Patrick Powell has been found guilty of failing to hand over his licensed firearm and ammunition to the police for inspection. The verdict was handed down by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court a short while ago. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Search on for missing American

A major search is now underway for 16-year-old Jada Jackson of Dasher Farm, Maryland in the United States of America, who has been missing since Sunday, July 9. She is of brown complexion, slim build and is about 5’3″ tall. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Red Stripe seeks 200 cassava farmers

Beer maker Red Stripe is seeking an additional 200 farmers to cultivate cassava as part of a drive to substitute imported high-maltose corn syrup in its brews. Dubbed Project Grow, Red Stripe is aiming to replace 40 per cent of the high-maltose corn syrup it imports to produce beers and other brews at its production plant on Spanish Town Road in Kingston. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Policewoman sentenced for harbouring fugitive

Constable Kaye Falconer who was convicted of harbouring a fugitive has been sentenced to two years and six months in prison. The sentence was handed down on Friday in the St James Parish Court. At one point, the policewoman was seen wiping tears from her eyes as the sentence was read out by the judge. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Escapee recaptured after 2 years on the run

The police have recaptured another of the eight men who escaped from the Savanna-la-Mar Police Lock-up in Westmoreland just over two years ago. According to the police, 29-year-old Carlington Godfrey otherwise called ‘Tommy’, labourer, of Grange Hill, Westmoreland on Monday, July 10 during a special operation carried out by the St Ann’s Bay Police in Alexandria.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Today is World Population Day

Jamaicans are being encouraged to invest more in family planning and achieve healthy and prosperous lives for their families, communities and country as the nation joins the rest of the world in marking World Population Day today. The theme of this year’s World Population Day is “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations.” See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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