6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Bolt set to win
  2. Mario Deane’s mother stands up for justice
  3. Dismantle gangs, get guns
  4. Reid withdraws comment about schools extorting
  5. Dr Vary Jones-Leslie laid to rest
  6. Bolt leads 8 into action today

Bolt

1. Bolt set to win

The beginning of the end. That’s what this evening’s IAAF World Championships men’s 100m heat represents for iconic Jamaica sprinter Usain Bolt, who will close the lid on an unmatched career with his final individual race this weekend at the London Stadium. Bolt and his legacy have been the highlight of the discussions and promotion around the championships. Track and field’s golden boy is turning the final pages of a story of glitches, gold, and glory that not only captivated the world, but changed the sport forever. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Mario Deane’s mother stands up for justice

While the nation is celebrating Emancipation and Independence, Mercia Fraser, the mother of Mario Deane – who died from a brutal beating he sustained while in police custody three years ago – is on another mission: a relentless bid to secure justice for her son. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Dismantle gangs, get guns

Expressing pessimism that the Zones of Special Operations Act could do a lot in lowering Jamaica’s crime rate, particularly murder, Dr Christopher Charles is stressing that no provision has been made within the legislation for the dismantling of gangs and the hunt for illegal guns, which is the island’s biggest problem. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Ruel Reid

4. Reid withdraws comment about schools extorting

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has withdrawn his comments alleging that some schools were engaged in extortion and corruption in breaking the policy governing the charging of fees. Reid has been under pressure since his comment a post cabinet press briefing Wednesday, rejecting claims schools which have been withholding services because parents are refusing to pay certain fees. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Dr Vary Jones-Leslie laid to rest

Scores of mourners turned out yesterday to pay their final respects to Dr Vary Jones-Leslie, the obstetrician and gynaecologist who met her demise in The Cayman Islands last month, sending shockwaves throughout the medical community in Jamaica and the region. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Bolt leads 8 into action today

Sprint superstar Usain Bolt leads eight Jamaicans in action on today’s opening day of the IAAF World Athletics Championships in London. Bolt, who is set to retire from the sport after this year’s championships, will compete in the heats men’s 100m at 2.20 p.m along with 2011 world 100m champion Yohan Blake, Julian Forte and Senoj-Jay Givans.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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