6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Public defender insists St James SOE must end
  2. Another major counterfeit bust downtown
  3. Kathryn Phipps ambassador designate to Cuba
  4. Bunting was compelled to act?
  5. Plans afoot to boost farm output
  6. Fresh calls for franchise football

1. Public defender insists St James SOE must end

Arlene Harrison Henry, the nation’s public defender, wants the state of public emergency in St James to come to a rapid end, as she believes it has failed to achieve its targets and is a means of detaining youth unlawfully. The Gleaner spoke to Harrison Henry at her office in downtown Kingston yesterday, and she bemoaned the undesirable circumstances many innocent residents of St James have had to endure. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Another major counterfeit bust downtown

Officers from the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch (CTOC) are now conducting a raid at the Coastal City Clothing and Shoes Wholesale store on Barry Street in downtown Kingston. Already, the officers have seized a large number of items said to be counterfeit. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Kathryn Phipps ambassador designate to Cuba

Attorney-at-law Kathryn Phipps has been appointed Ambassador-designate to Cuba. She will succeed Ambassador A’Dale Robinson who will reassume duties at the Foreign Affairs Ministry. Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith said Phipps has a deep understanding of international law, particularly relating to international trade and organisations within the Caribbean region. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

Peter Bunting

4. Bunting was compelled to act?

The Opposition has issued a release saying former National Security Minister Peter Bunting was compelled to act when he issued certificates of immunity to the three Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers charged in the Keith Clarke murder. See story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Plans afoot to boost farm output

Following a tour of the Metcalfe Street Juvenile Remand Centre in west Kingston yesterday, State Minister of National Security Rudyard Spencer alluded to plans to ramp up the level of production and productivity at the facility that houses boys waiting to have their cases heard in the courts. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Fresh calls for franchise football

With this season’s top six teams in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) all being based in the Corporate Area, Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Michael Ricketts is among those admitting that there is a need to revisit the format of the league to better facilitate widespread development. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

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