6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Pickpocket Budget
  2. Brazil corned beef ban
  3. NWA plans $100m road patching exercise
  4. Five correctional officers arrested
  5. Ja to benefit from US$40m poverty reduction programme
  6. Parliament barred from tabling OCG report on Hayles issue

1. Pickpocket Budget

Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness will make his contribution to the 2017-2018 Budget Debate amid urging from the Opposition’s incoming leader, Dr Peter Phillips, for Jamaicans to decide what action they will take to show that they will not tolerate the $716-billion Budget, and especially the $17.5-billion tax package. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Corned beef ban

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has imposed an immediate ban on imports of corned beef originating from Brazil. In the meantime, consumers are being cautioned not to eat corned beef until further notice. The move follows reports from Brazilian authorities that several major Brazilian meat processors have been selling rotten beef and poultry. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. NWA plans $100m road patching exercise

The National Works Agency (NWA) has announced a near $100 million road patching exercise for several corridors in St Catherine, Kingston, St Andrew and St Thomas. Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA, Stephen Shaw, says 16 corridors in St Catherine will benefit under this round of patching expected to cost over $18 million. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Five correctional officers arrested

The national security ministry is reporting that five correctional officers have been arrested and 40 mobile phones seized since it implemented increased security measures at the island’s penal institutions. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Ja to benefit from US$40m poverty reduction programme

Jamaica is to benefit from a US$40 million poverty reduction project to be funded by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Funding is being taken from the CDB’s Basic Needs Trust Fund and will be shared among eight countries in the region. The other beneficiary countries are Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Suriname. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Parliament barred from tabling OCG report on Hayles issue

The Supreme Court has ordered Parliament not to table the controversial report by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG) containing allegations of impropriety against West Hanover Member of Parliament Ian Hayles until the matter is fully ventilated in May. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.