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gun1. Calls for accountability in Patrick Powell missing gun files saga

The Executive Director of the anti-corruption lobby group National Integrity Action (NIA), Professor Trevor Munroe, is demanding sanctions where appropriate at the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) over the missing file of businessman Patrick Powell. The FLA has been under scrutiny since it revealed on Tuesday that Powell’s firearm file is nowhere to be found at the agency.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Jamaican government promises, no more wage freezes

The Government has reportedly indicated that it will not be considering another public sector wage freeze. President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association, O’Neil Grant says the State Minister of Finance, Rudyard Spencer, gave the assurance yesterday in a meeting with union representatives. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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3. Bolt for Nitro Athletics 2017

Global sprinting superstar Usain Bolt is in Australia where he will tomorrow launch the game-changing athletics series, Nitro Athletics in Melbourne. The high-energy, franchise-based sports entertainment event will see Bolt compete and captain the ‘Bolt All-Stars’ team, which will feature other international athletes, competing in a team format for points over three nights in the Australian city between February 4 and 11.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. St James courts full of lottery scamming cases

Jamaica’s already overburdened court system is coming under more pressure to handle the growing number of lottery scamming and other cyber crimes cases. As an example, Chief Justice Zaila McCalla revealed this morning that a third of the cases now before the parish court in St James are for offences related to lottery scamming. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Get mentally ill out of prisons – Parliamentarians

Enraged parliamentarians are demanding that the Government find the resources to immediately remove from Jamaica’s maximum security prisons 127 mentally ill inmates languishing in custody and unfit to plead. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. No ratification of Paris Agreement from Ja

The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation has sought to quiet concerns over Jamaica’s failure to ratify the Paris Agreement, ahead of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, being held in Marrakech this month. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.