6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Corporal punishment in schools to be outlawed
  2. Beware goat meat
  3. NHT goodies coming
  4. First Global discontinues fees for dormant accounts
  5. Spencer, Hylton breach anti-doping rules
  6. Bolt to speak at major Malaysian forum

1. Corporal punishment in schools to be outlawed

The government is to amend the law to ban corporal punishment in public schools. Prime Minister Andrew Holness made the announcement in Parliament this afternoon in his contribution to the Budget Debate as he discussed how violence has cost Jamaica some of its productive citizens. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Beware goat meat

The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit in the Jamaica Constabulory Force is warning the  public to be careful when buying goat meat. This is because of the theft of medicated animals which are believed to have been slaughtered and are being sold for meat in Westmoreland. The Praedial Larceny Prevention Unit says the Westmoreland Agro Enforcement Team went in search of animals in the Hatfield district of Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland yesterday morning where 14 stolen goats were recovered and the carcasses of four seized. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. NHT goodies coming

Although saying they are not just ‘goodies’, Prime Minister Andrew Holness kept to tradition yesterday and, like other heads of government before him during Budget Debates, reeled out a list of new benefits for contributors of the cash-rich National Housing Trust (NHT). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. First Global discontinues fees for dormant accounts

First Global Bank has now discontinued the charging of fees for dormant accounts. Dormant charges are triggered when an account has not been accessed for a period of two years.First Global says the fee was charged to cover fraud protection and administrative costs, but advances in technology have now minimised the cost of administering these accounts. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Spencer, Hylton breach anti-doping rules

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) has confirmed that it has been advised by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) that World Championships medallists Kaliese Spencer and Riker Hylton have been referred to the Independent Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel for an anti-doping violation. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Bolt to speak at major Malaysian forum

The world’s fastest man is among a list of 31 high-profile speakers down to address the Global Transformation Forum, which takes place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at the KL Convention Centre, over the next two days. Bolt will be speaking at a forum created to charge discussion and stimulate global change in key areas. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.