6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Traumatised nation
  2. $2b illegal jackpot
  3. Two Jamaicas? Reggae party pepper-sprayed
  4. More money for W Kgn residents
  5. First Heritage scraps dormant account fees
  6. Education to stop gangster lifestyle

1. Traumatised nation

More than 1,000 persons die violently in Jamaica each year. Their lives are snuffed out in various circumstances, including robbery, child abuse, reprisals, gang warfare, domestic violence and police killings. Death of a loved one can be frightening, but sudden, violent death can leave families reeling with incomprehensible grief, pain and confusion. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. $2b illegal jackpot

Illegal cash pot operators are creaming off what the authorities believe amount to at least J$2 billion per year from the gaming industry. Although this continues to put a dent in the operations of Supreme Ventures, the licensed franchise operator, it is how the money is being spent that has stakeholders and the police concerned. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Two Jamaicas? Reggae party pepper-sprayed

Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange has indicated that an incident Sunday night at the popular entertainment spot, Dub Club, in Skyline Drive, St Andrew, that led to the arrest and charge of roots reggae events promoter Gabre Selassie and a selector, for breaches of the Noise Abatement Act in St Andrew on the same day revellers participated in massive carnival activities in the Corporate Area, could send the wrong signal that there are two Jamaicas. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. More money for W Kgn residents

Some residents of west Kingston who received compensation arising from the deadly May 2010 security-force operation are to get more money based on the preliminary report submitted by a state-appointed compensation committee. But, according to Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, there’s no settled date yet for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to make his promised apology in Parliament. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. First Heritage scraps dormant account fees

First Heritage Cooperative Credit Union (FHC) has announced it will stop withdrawing fees from the accounts of customers with dormant accounts. Last month, the National Commercial Bank, First Global Bank, Scotiabank Jamaica and First Caribbean International Bank announced they would suspend collecting fees on dormant accounts with immediate effect. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Education to stop gangster lifestyle

Armed with knowledge that high-school students are targets for recruitment into criminal gangs, head of the Criminal Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Ealan Powell, has said that the problem must be confronted head-on by prioritising education. He said that developing strong leadership at all levels of society is needed to bring the nefarious practice to an abrupt end. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.