6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Police Fed says cops ‘restive’
  2. Christian lawyers speak out on abortion
  3. Reggae Girlz ‘getting somewhere’
  4. Police ticked off by wage talk delays
  5. Fantasy Beach to be upgraded
  6. Barrett blasted for ‘sexist’ comments on female refs

1. Police Federation says cops ‘restive’

The Jamaica Police Federation says it is to hold a series of consultations with its members on the way forward in their wage negotiation with the government. In a statement today, federation chairman Corporal Arleen McBean said rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are “very restive”, adding that “enough is enough”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Christian lawyers speak out on abortion

Given what they believe to be “a culture of death” in the country, members of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship (LCF) are urging Jamaicans to reject abortion and instead place more efforts on saving mothers and their unborn babies. Towards this end, president of the LCF, Helene Coley-Nicholson, is hoping that Jamaicans will support the group’s ‘A Time for Life’ campaign, which was launched yesterday at the New Testament Church of God headquarters at Fairway Avenue in St Andrew. The group is lobbying for the recommendation to decriminalise abortion to be aborted, among other things. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Reggae Girlz ‘getting somewhere’

Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women’s Committee chairperson, Elaine Walker-Brown is pleased with the camaraderie and grit showed by the team that advanced to the CONCACAF final stage of FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifiers. Walker-Brown who has been involved in women’s football since 1991, mentioned left back Lauren Silver as one of the main players responsible for the high morale in the camp. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Police ticked off by wage talk delays

“Disgraceful!” is the word used by chairman of the Police Federation, Corporal Arlene McBean, to describe a letter from Minister of Finance Nigel Clarke stating that he was unable to give a date for the continuation of wage negotiations for rank-and-file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Fantasy Beach to be upgraded

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett recently announced that the Tourism Enhancement Fund will be financing the overhaul of Fantasy Beach in Priory, St Ann, as part of its National Beach Development Programme, over a two-year period. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Meikle blasts Barrett for ‘sexist’ comments on female refs

CONCACAF Referees assessor, Dave Meikle, has labelled Charles Barrett as ‘sexist’ after the former FIFA official told The Gleaner that too much emphasis is being placed on female referees. The comments riled up Meikle, who said that Barrett’s statement was backward and unfortunate, coming from a person of his stature. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.