6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Beef still banned
  2. Wanted man killed
  3. Scotia scraps dormant account fee
  4. Florida woman sentenced for lottery scam involvement
  5. Search for oil intensifies
  6. Successful Women in Theatre staging

1. Beef still banned

Agriculture Minister Karl Samuda is adamant that the ban on the importation and sale of corned beef products from Brazil will remain in place in spite of assurances from that country’s embassy that none of the 21 meat-processing Brazilian companies under probe has export arrangements with Jamaican firms. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Wanted man killed

The man who yesterday chopped a police constable in Bath, St Thomas before escaping has been fatally shot by the police. The police say Derrick Urquhart, otherwise called Three Finger Jack, was shot after he attacked a policeman who was trying to apprehend him. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Scotia scraps dormant account fee

Scotiabank has announced that it is suspending its fee for dormant accounts. This is the fourth commercial bank to do so amid pressure being led by opposition MP Fitz Jackson. The National Commercial Bank first announced last week that it was scrapping its dormant account fees. Since then, CIBC First Caribbean and First Global Bank have also announced that they are suspending their fees for dormant accounts. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Florida woman sentenced for lottery scam involvement

The United States Department of Justice says a Broward County, Florida woman has been jailed in Miami, for her role in connection with the operation of a Jamaican-based fraudulent lottery scheme. The department says 33-year-old Cassandra Althea Palmer was yesterday sentenced by US District Judge Marcia G. Cooke to serve 24 months in prison and three years of supervised release. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Search for oil intensifies

A hunt to find commercial quantities of oil and gas off Jamaica’s shores is the latest mission of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), which has Science Energy and Technology Minister Andrew Wheatley quite optimistic. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Successful Women in Theatre Festival staging

About the time El Numero Uno was closing in the drama school’s Dennis Scott Theatre last Sunday, over in The Blue Room at Phoenix Theatre on Haining Road, New Kingston, the Jamaica Women in Theatre Festival was wrapping up a successful week of activities. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.