6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Police call latest gov’t wage offer disrespectful
  2. MoBay’s dump disgrace
  3. Tense calm in Mountain View after gun battle
  4. Kartel appeal case shocker
  5. BPO investments flock to Kgn
  6. Calls for better junior athletics programme

1. Police call latest gov’t wage offer disrespectful

The Jamaica Police Federation, which represents rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), has rejected the government’s latest wage offer and is demanding a liveable wage. The federation declined to disclose the offer, which was submitted last week, saying the matter is under discussion. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. MoBay’s dump disgrace

Montego Bay’s mayor, Councillor Homer Davis, is calling for improved security measures at the Retirement landfill in St James, which was the scene of a major fire last weekend, and resulted in some sections of the western city being blanketed with smoke until midday yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Tense calm in Mountain View after gun battle

Members of a police patrol team emerged unhurt from a sustained gun battle lasting more than two hours with criminals in Mountain View, east Kingston, on Sunday, which has resulted in tension in the community. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Kartel appeal case shocker

An electronic file lifted from the mobile phone reportedly taken from popular entertainer Vybz Kartel was “modified” three hours after the device was seized by a top police investigator, one attorney told the Court of Appeal yesterday. According to Bianca Samuels, one of the attorneys for incarcerated entertainer Shawn Storm, the electronic file contained one of the damning text messages prosecutors used to convict the two dancehall artistes of murder. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. BPO investments flock to Kgn

Jamaica’s Second City Montego Bay in St James has been known as the centre of the island’s Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry for the last 10 years. Kingston, the country’s capital, however, has seen a surge of recent outsourcing investments, which have led to the city’s profile rising as a potential BPO destination in Latin America and the Caribbean. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Calls for better junior athletics programme

The Jamaican team is coming home from the World Under-20 Championships in Tampere, Finland, with a fistful of four gold medals, but some observers believe better performances are possible. Among them is David Riley, president of the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association. He believes Jamaica needs to focus more on getting its junior athletes ready to meet and beat the world. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.