6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. JFJ takes legal action over schools’ no-lock policy
  2. #PetrojamScandal: Corruption crisis
  3. Vybz Kartel Appeal: Evidence contaminated
  4. More children dying on weekends -Report
  5. PAAC seeks answers on sacking of public bodies’ CEOs
  6. Reggae Boyz recruitment drive on

1. JFJ takes legal action over schools’ no-lock policy

Human-rights advocacy group Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) yesterday filed an action in the constitutional court, asking it to rule that public schools cannot set a ‘no-locks policy’ that forces children to remove their natural, locked hair in order to obtain an education. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. #PetrojamScandal: Corruption crisis

A coalition of non-governmental, religious, and private-sector groups has warned Prime Minister Andrew Holness that the declining public confidence in Jamaican authorities is now approaching crisis proportions. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Vybz Kartel Appeal: evidence contaminated

Retired High Court judge Justice Lennox Campbell gave the green light for “contaminated” exhibits to be included in the Vybz Kartel murder trial, and this triggered a domino effect that was prejudicial to the entertainer and his three co-accused, an attorney has argued. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Report says more children dying on weekends

Research is showing that most children suffer from accidents on the weekends. The findings are contained in the Child Road Safety Assessment: Jamaica report published by the Jamaica National Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and which was launched yesterday at the Regional Headquarters of the University of the West Indies in Mona, St Andrew. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. PAAC seeks answers on sacking of public bodies’ CEOs

Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) yesterday sought answers on management changes resulting in the sacking of heads of public bodies at three agencies which were then under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Reggae Boys recruitment drive on

Reggae Boyz head coach Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore has identified a number of weak areas in the national side that he will be looking to address ahead of the CONCACAF Nations League in September. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.