6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Sizzling Champs
  2. Gov’t to review property tax regime
  3. What will replace bagged juice in schools?
  4. Tufton to launch #JaMoves
  5. Alan Magnus puts down mic
  6. $3m fine for lobster season breach

1. Sizzling Champs

The 2017 ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships is expected to really come alive this evening at the National Stadium. A number of sizzling finals are expected and none should be more exciting than the expected clash between Kingston College’s Jhevaughn Matterson and Calabar High’s Michael Stephens in the Class One boys 100 metres final. Both won yesterday’s heats easily and it is now on to the semi-finals which will run at 4 p.m. The final is set for 8.35 p.m.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t to review property tax regime

The Government has bowed to public pressure and has signalled that it will be reviewing what the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has branded the “wicked” revised property tax system that is due to take effect tomorrow. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. What will replace bagged juice in schools?

Ronald Thwaites, the opposition spokesman on education, is calling for the education minister, Ruel Reid, to give the country details on the replacement for bagged juice, which will be banned under the school-feeding programme. On Monday, Reid disclosed that effective this September, state-run Nutrition Products Limited would no longer supply bagged juices to public schools. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Tufton to launch #JaMoves

Jamaicans are invited to join the Ministry of Health’s team at Emancipation Park, New Kingston, on Friday, April 7, for the launch of the ‘Jamaica Moves’ (#JaMoves) campaign. The national initiative will feature free health checks, as well as activities to promote the benefits of healthy diet and exercise. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Alan Magnus puts down mic

After decades of service, veteran and prolific broadcaster Alan Magnus, so full of humour, dedication to his work, highly respected, and loved by so many people, demits ‘office’ today. For many Jamaicans who awoke to his voice on Radio Jamaica (RJR 94 FM) for 46 years, he created sunshine on a cloudy day with his infectious laughter, great sense of humour, good-natured banter, and professionalism. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. $3m fine for lobster season breach

Come tomorrow, and for the three-month period when the annual lobster closed season is in effect (April 1 to June 30), anyone who catches this crustacean could find themselves in very serious trouble. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.