6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Michael McLean gets 6 life sentences
  2. Commonwealth Games: Ja sprints ahead
  3. Smart & steady, get climate ready!
  4. Rio Grande rafting under threat
  5. Cubans coming to Ja Expo
  6. Trinidad Court declares buggery illegal

1. Michael McLean gets 6 life sentences

Multiple murder convict Michael McLean, 50, has been sentenced to six life sentences for the 2006 murders of six members of a family in St Thomas. He is to spend 60 years behind bars before he becomes eligible for parole. However, given the 12 years already spent in custody, McLean will only another 48 years before he becomes eligible for parole. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Commonwealth Games: Ja sprints ahead

After winning her heat in the 100m hurdles yesterday, Danielle Williams patted her chest like track and field Legend Usain Bolt did when he won the 100m at the Beijing Olympic Games. Her reserve personality might have prevented her from doing that normally, but after battling a series of injuries this season ,the 25 year was shocked to have registered 12.69 seconds, the fastest time going into the final of the event at these Commonwealth Games today. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Smart & steady, get climate ready

Close to 70 per cent of Jamaicans believe that addressing issues of climate change is the sole responsibility of the Government. Indi Mclymont-Lafayette, communications specialist for the adaptation programme and financing mechanism of the Pilot Programme for Climate Change, said the statistics that were revealed in a 2012 study is a stark signal that work is needed to sensitise citizens about their role in mitigating against the impact of climate change. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. Rio Grande rafting under threat

Raft captains assigned to Rio Grande rafting, Portland’s premiere tourists attraction site, have threatened to withdraw their services, which could result in a shutdown of operations at that facility. The irate raft captains are insisting that unless they are allowed to operate after the closure of the ticketing office at the lone raft stand at Berrydale, the industry will be shut down. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Cubans coming to Ja Expo

A delegation of 11 from Cuba will attend Expo Jamaica 2018 – to be held at the National Arena and environs on April 19 – in search of some of the finest products made in Jamaica. At a Gleaner Editors’ forum held yesterday at the company’s North Street offices, Berletta Henlon Forrester, sales and promotions manager at the Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), announced that for the first time, Cubans would be selecting prospective Jamaican manufacturers with which to do business at the expo. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Trinidad Court declares buggery illegal

The Trinidad and Tobago Constitutional Court has ruled that the buggery law is unconstitutional. High court judge  Devindra Rampersad handed down the ruling this morning in a case brought in March 2017 by an LGBT activist Jason Jones.  See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

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