6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Zones of Special Operations Bill cleared
  2. Ja needs new Traffic Act now
  3. Businessman shot dead on Ruthven Road
  4. Holness demands politicians clear up high cell bills
  5. JET demands answers over Duncan’s Bay approval
  6. Delegation to visit S Korea

1. Zones of Special Operations Bill cleared

The House of Representatives yesterday approved amendments to the Zones of Special Operations Bill, which was passed by the Senate on Friday with 13 amendments. It is anticipated that in a matter of days, the governor general will affix his signature to the bill, which would then be gazetted, paving the way for the Andrew Holness administration to implement the law aimed at clamping down on rampant criminality. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Ja needs news Traffic Act now

Vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council, Dr Lucien Jones, has said the new Road Traffic Act should be introduced at the same time the proposed traffic ticket amnesty is being implemented, to deter motorists from flagrantly breaking the law and paying the fines without attracting demerit points. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Businessman shot dead on Ruthven Road

A corporate area businessman was Tuesday afternoon shot dead when gunmen opened fire on his high-end Mercedes Benz sports utility vehicle along Ruthven Road in St Andrew. More than a dozen bullets were fired into the vehicle. The shooting happened about 4:30 p.m. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Holness demands politicians clear up high cell bills

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has ordered an audit of the cell phone bills of government ministers and state ministers following a Television Jamaica (TVJ) revelation that in one year, Finance Minister Audley Shaw has racked up more than $8 million in charges. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5.  JET demands answers over Duncan’s Bay approval

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), the leading local environment watchdog organisation, is raising concerns as to whether or not the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) was on board in granting a controversial sand mining permit to Duncans Bay Development Company (DBDC) or merely crumbled under pressure because of the players involved. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Delegation to visit S Korea

A 12-member Jamaican delegation, comprising members of the National Identification System (NIDS) implementation team, is to depart the island on July 14 for a visit to South Korea to garner first-hand experience and gain significant exposure to the best practices in the Asian country to help with the successful implementation of the system. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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