6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Ja airspace closure unacceptable
  2. Airspace closure tarnishes Ja’s tourism rep
  3. El Faisal bail denied
  4. Phillips to unveil policy plans at annual conference
  5. Cornerstone seeks to acquire Barita
  6. 100 prisoners escaped in BVI during hurricane

1.  Ja airspace closure unacceptable

The continuous closure of Jamaica’s airspace and poor communication by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) have been described as “unacceptable and embarrassing” by president of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), Omar Robinson. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Airspace closure tarnishes Ja’s tourism rep

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says it is still working to restore full access to the country’s airspace as it completes repairs to radar communication equipment damaged by lightning last Friday. In a tweet last evening, Information Minister Ruel Reid had said full access to Jamaica’s airspace would have been restored today. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. El Faisal bail denied

Muslim Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal who is wanted in the United States on terrorism-related charges, was denied bail when he appeared before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Phillips to unveil policy plans at annual conference

General Secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP), Julian Robinson, says party president, Dr Peter Phillips, will, on Sunday, outline specific policy initiatives on crime and violence and other challenges facing the country, in the areas of health and education, when he makes his maiden address at the party’s annual conference. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Cornerstone seeks to acquire Barita

Barita Investments Limited advised today that the company has received an offer from financial services outfit, Cornerstone United Holdings Jamaica Limited, to purchase majority shareholding of the company. It confirms earlier reports that a non-competing local entity would seek to acquire the firm. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. 100 prisoners escaped in BVI during hurricane

More than 100 high-risk prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, a British junior minister said on Tuesday, as he raised the death toll in British territories to nine. Junior foreign minister Alan Duncan told Parliament that there is a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the BVI. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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