6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Rain batters Portland
  2. Clarendon shattered
  3. ‘Shotta’ students
  4. World’s largest real estate franchise now in Ja
  5. MoBay Chambers presidential race hot
  6. St Thomas residents trapped

1. Rain batters Portland

The livelihood of at least three Portland farmers has been crippled following four days of heavy rainfall, which devastated dozens of hectares of fully grown banana, livestock, and other forms of quick crops. The unfavourable weather conditions, which have been affecting the parish since Wednesday, also resulted in multiple land slippages in the eastern end of the parish, compounded by inundated roadways and flooded houses. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Clarendon shattered

Members of the opposition who toured sections of Clarendon yesterday are expressing concern about the extent of the damage done to the parish by flood waters from rains over the weekend. Opposition Leader, Dr Peter Phillips, says based on what he has seen, a lot of the damage is largely due to poor maintenance and lack of drain cleaning in most areas. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. ‘Shotta’ students

Gangs are menacing neighbourhoods all across Jamaica. Some gangs have targeted high schools to recruit the next generation of killers. This was revealed to a Fourth Floor panel, assembled to look at violence and its effects on society, particularly the threat to mental health. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. World’s largest real estate franchise now in Ja

The world’s largest real-estate franchise, Keller Williams, has awarded a permit to St Ann-based Meldam Realty to operate to operate offices in Jamaica under the American-based company’s name. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. MoBay Chambers presidential race hot

The upcoming elections for the presidency of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI) is poised to be a contentious affair as battle lines have been drawn between the supporters of incumbent president Gloria Henry and her challenger, T’shura Gibbs. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. St Thomas residents trapped

Some residents in St Thomas are still trapped as a result of the heavy rains. The roadway leading in and out of Golden Grove remains impassable due to flooding; while other roads in communities in eastern St Thomas, such as Font Hill, Johnson Mountain, Rowlands Field, Winter Forest and Cedar Valley remain impassable. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.