6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Young men losing jobs because of SOE detention?
  2. Most wanted gangster killed
  3. Household debt on the rise
  4. Ja-Chile air service agreement coming
  5. Commonwealth Games: Sunshine Girls cop bronze
  6. Fix school tax problem

1. Young men losing jobs because of SOE detentions?

The Reverend Astor Carlyle, pastor of the Webster Memorial Church in St Andrew, has bemoaned the treatment of some detainees in the ongoing state of public emergency in St James, highlighting that many of those picked up by the security forces have jobs and families that may be affected. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Most wanted gangster killed

One of Jamaica’s most wanted men, Ryan Peterkin, more popularly known as ‘Ratty’, was shot and killed during a joint police-military operation in Westmoreland today. The police, in a message posted on Twitter, said one of Ratty’s cronies was also killed in the operation. His identity has not been released. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Household debt on the rise

Jamaican households are increasingly living beyond their means as more than half of their disposable income goes towards paying back loans, a trend that concerns the financial stability committee enough for it to consider studying its drivers. Household debt reached its highest level in a decade, with more than half of disposable income – that is, $54.20 of every $100 – going towards the servicing of personal loans, as at last September, according to the Fiscal Stability Report 2017 released by the central bank this month. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. Ja-Chile air service agreement coming

Jamaica and the Republic of Chile are close to signing an air services agreement. A release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) last evening said Prime Minister Andrew Holness and President of the Republic of Chile Sebastian Pinera held bilateral talks yesterday in Lima Peru. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Commonwealth Games: Sunshine Girls cop bronze

Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls defeated New Zealand 60-55 to again secure the bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday on Australia’s Gold Coast. The result means that the Sunshine Girls repeated their placing from the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and also closed Jamaica’s 2018 medal tally on 27 medals (7 gold, 9 silver, 11 bronze), the most ever won by the island at the Commonwealth Games. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Fix school tax problem – Thwaites

The People’s National Party (PNP) has expressed alarm at what it describes as the disgraceful misplaced priorities of the Ministry of Education and the minister of education which have led to some principals of high schools being prosecuted for non-payment of taxes, as reported in The Sunday GleanerSee full story on the Gleaner’s website.

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