6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Nine road deaths on Independence weekend
  2. RGD willing to restore Anglican cleric’s marrying rights
  3. Dunn’s River fraud racket?
  4. Reggae Boy Bolt?
  5. Translators, interpreters in demand
  6. Court cases complicate FINSAC windup

1. Nine road deaths on Independence weekend

With just seven days already ticked off in the month of August, a total of nine road fatalities from crashes during the one-week period have tripled the three deaths recorded for the corresponding period last year, according to statistics compiled by the Ministry of Transport’s Road Safety Unit. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. RGD willing to restore Anglican cleric’s marrying rights

As the row between the clergy and the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) over its imposition of a mandatory registration and annual fee for marriage officers widens, the department says sorry for the way Suffragan Bishop Robert Thompson was treated last month, as he sought to register a wedding he had conducted. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Dunn’s River Falls

3. Dunn’s River fraud racket?

Concerns by members of the board of the St Ann Development Company (SADCO) about ticket revenue being generated at Dunn’s River Falls and Park have prompted a major investigation. The police Fraud Squad, Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force, and the Office of the Auditor General are among the entities probing the case. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Reggae Boy Bolt?

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Michael Ricketts, says he has been paying close attention to the efforts of sprint legend, Usain Bolt, to make his mark as a professional football player, and that he would fully support a call-up to the national team, if the national coaching staff thinks he is good enough. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Translators, interpreters in demand

Pointing to an increased market to host international conferences in Jamaica, representatives of the Translators and Interpreters Association of Jamaica (TIA) are concerned that there are not enough qualified and competent persons to fill the demand for these services. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Court cases complicate FINSAC windup

It’s now 21 years since bailout agency Finsac was established to address problems of insolvency in the financial sector, but plans to wind up the company are hostage to unresolved court cases. The Ministry of Finance told the Financial Gleaner that it cannot deregister the Financial Sector Adjustment Company Limited until the lawsuits are resolved. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.