6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. IDB says ‘Fix the State!’
  2. Grange denies Hanna’s claims
  3. Disabled embrace new Parliament building plans
  4. Cockpit Country indecision?
  5. Pepsi pulls ad
  6. Ananda Alert partners with Facebook

1. IDB says ‘Fix the State!’

Even as the Government continues to undertake far-reaching public-sector reform measures aimed at reducing public debt and making the public sector more efficient, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is warning that deep flaws within the system of government, if not addressed quickly, will continue to undermine the efforts. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Lisa Hanna

2. Grange denies Hanna’s claims

Culture Minister Olivia Grange has rubbished claims by the South East St Ann Member of Parliament, Lisa Hanna, who, a day before, accused the minister of nepotism and corruption in the awarding of a contract for the Jamaica Emancipation and Heritage Week celebrations. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Disabled community welcomes new Parliament building plans

Much appreciation is being expressed for the Government’s plan to build a new Parliamentary building, which will include features to properly facilitate members of the disabled community. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Cockpit Country indecision?

THE YEARS-LONG wait goes on for a decision on a boundary for the Cockpit Country one of the few remaining forest-cover gems in Jamaica, an area rich in biological diversity and one seen as invaluable to the island’s freshwater security. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Pepsi pulls ad

Pepsi on Wednesday pulled an ad after it was widely mocked and criticised for appearing to trivialise protests for social justice causes. “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the company said. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologise.” It said it was “removing the content and halting any further rollout.” See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Ananda Alert partners with Facebook

State Minister in the Youth Ministry Floyd Green says the Government’s Ananda Alert secretariat has partnered with the social media site Facebook to share broadcasts of missing children on the pages of Jamaican users. He made the announcement last evening during his contribution to the 2017/2018 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.