6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. #London2017: Blake bitterly disappointed
  2. Ja athletics in trouble?
  3. JCF urged to withdraw Tivoli report
  4. Three fishermen missing after boat capsizes
  5. Patrick Powell sentence serves as caution
  6. Int’l acts for poetry festival

1. #London2017: Blake bitterly disappointed

A fourth-place finish in the 100 metres final and failure to advance to the 200m final. It was supposed to be a much better 2017 World Championship for Yohan Blake. That’s his conviction, and last night’s third-place finish in his 200m semi-final inside the London Stadium in 20.52 seconds has left the 2011 World 100m champion and second fastest man in the world, over both the 100m and 200m, bitterly disappointed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Ja athletics in trouble?

“Yes, Jamaican sprinting has a problem.” Yohan Blake’s assessment did not require any Sherlock Holmes-style sleuthing. His own performance in the men’s 200m semi-final and the fact that Jamaica will, for the first time in the World Championships since 2005, not have a men’s 200m finalist seemed like a pretty clear indication. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. JCF urged to withdraw Tivoli report

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte will now be called on to make a pronouncement on the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) review, which has cleared its members of wrongdoing, in the 2010 operation in Tivoli Gardens. Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry says that the report is “contemptuous” of the enquiry into the events, and the Government should demand its withdrawal. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Three fishermen missing after boat capsizes

The police are treating as a missing persons case, Tuesday night’s disappearance of three fishermen, who were part of a four-man team. The four men went over board after their eight-foot, fibre-glass vessel capsized while fishing between Pedro Cays and Rocky Point. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Patrick Powell sentence serves as caution

Paula Llewellyn, the nation’s chief prosecutor, has declared that the prison sentence handed to businessman Patrick Powell should serve as warning to other license firearm holders. Powell was given a nine-month prison sentence, at hard labour, by Parish Judge Vaughn Smith yesterday following his conviction last month for failing to hand over his licensed Glock pistol and ammunition to police investigators. The offence is a breach of the Firearm Act. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Int’l acts for poetry festival

The highly anticipated Jamaica Poetry Festival – The Feast of Poetree, unveils it’s seventh annual staging on August 13 at the Louise Bennett Garden Theatre, in Kingston. The festival is being presented by SenYAcum Edutainment in Association with JCDC and features local and international acts from USA and Africa. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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