6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Hurricane Irma powers on
  2. Irma death toll hits 10
  3. Study shows J’can men being abused from infancy
  4. JET seeks signatures for Cockpit Country petition
  5. Double murder in upper St Andrew
  6. Two charged with teen’s death

1. Hurricane Irma powers on

Even as it watches closely, Jamaica is assessing the level of assistance it can offer to islands across the Caribbean region that have been devastated by Hurricane Irma, now a powerful Category Five storm. Yesterday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness made contact with heads of government across the Caribbean whose countries have been affected. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Irma death toll hits 10

Fearsome Hurricane Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving at least 10 dead and thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees on a track this morning that could lead to a catastrophic strike on Florida. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Study shows J’can men being abused from infancy

Young boys in Jamaica are being punished from as young as 18 months old, and far more than girls, according to recently revealed data, which points to severe misunderstanding on issues of child development as well as ignorance on the part of parents as the main reasons. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. JET seeks signatures for Cockpit Country petition

THE JAMAICA Environment Trust (JET) is targeting 15,000 signatures by the end of this month for its Cockpit Country petition, calling for, among other things, the closure of the area to mining, quarrying and prospecting. “If we gather 15,000 signatures by the deadline, the Office of the Prime Minister will review the petition and issue an official response. We will also continue to raise awareness around the issue and use other strategies to advocate for the things outlined in the petition,” said JET’s deputy chief executive officer, Suzanne Stanley. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Double murder in upper St Andrew

Two men were shot and killed by unknown assailants and their bodies dumped in bushes along Tavistock Terrace in upper St Andrew yesterday. Police on the scene said they received calls from citizens, complaining of gunshots heard in their community. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Two charged with teen’s death

The Clarendon Police are reporting that two men have been charged in connection with the death of 13-year-old Kemaro Myles of Kitson Town, St Catherine, who was shot dead on Milk River main road in Clarendon on Wednesday, August 30. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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