6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Bank bill battle as debate is delayed
  2. US Sectretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives today
  3. Police probing video of man donning police garb
  4. House passes new road traffic bill
  5. Budget to be tabled next Thursday
  6. Garbage impact lasting

1. Bank bill battle as debate is delayed

Amid sharp exchanges, sometimes descending into a shouting match, Government lawmakers used their superior numbers yesterday to crush an attempt by the parliamentary Opposition to have a bill, piloted by St Catherine South Member of Parliament Fitz Jackson, taken through all its stages. The bill seeks to amend the Banking Services Act to regulate bank fees. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives today

United States (US) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is due to arrive today for a working three-hour visit, where he is expected to hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Andrew Holness on important matters, including national security. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Police probing video of man donning police garb

The Inspectorate of the Constabulary (IOC), the arm of the police force that enforces standards, is probing an incident in which a man was videotaped entering into a patrol car and removing a police-issued bullet proof vest and hat. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. House passes new road traffic bill

The new road traffic bill is now one step closer to becoming law. Transport and Mining Minister, Lester ‘Mike’ Henry closed the debate on the Road Traffic Bill 2016 in the Lower House of Parliament on Tuesday and it was passed with 131 amendments. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Budget to be tabled next Thursday

The 2018-19 budget is to be tabled in the House of Representatives next week Thursday. The Estimates of Expenditure, to be tabled by finance minister, Audley Shaw, will provide details of how much the Government intends to spend on recurrent business and capital projects. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Garbage impact lasting

Far beyond its most obvious uses as a nesting ground for numerous birds and nursery for many species of fish, Refuge Cay also provides a multiplicity of other important services to which the majority of beneficiaries, Jamaicans, are for the most part oblivious. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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