6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Deadly fake goods
  2. Lawyers on US-Ja scamming radar
  3. Ja watching US border wall tax proposal
  4. More correctional officers under probe for corruption
  5. Fire destroys sections of craft market downtown
  6. OUR tells NWC to halt late payment fee

1. Deadly fake goods

Rum is among the latest items being counterfeited by criminals in Jamaica. The bulk of the $1.9 billion worth of fake goods seized by the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime (C-TOC) Branch last year is being linked to criminals. The seized items were put on display by the C-TOC’s top security officers during a special press conference in downtown Kingston, yesterday. They included boxes of handbags, shoes, skin-bleaching products, T-shirts, computers and other appliances, clothing, and CDs and DVDs. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Lawyers on US-Ja scamming radar

A number of Jamaican attorneys who United States (US) authorities believe are helping lottery scammers hide their ill-gotten gains could be swept up in the wave of extradition requests that American prosecutors are preparing to unleash on the Jamaican Government. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Ja watching US Border Wall Tax proposal

The Government has indicated that it is keeping a close eye on a draft bill in the United States that is proposing to tax remittances sent to countries like Jamaica, the funds from which would be used to fund President Donald Trump’s US border wall with Mexico, intended to curb illegal migration. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. More correctional officers under probe for corruption

National Security Minister Robert Montague is reporting that several correctional officers are currently under investigation for corruption while others have been charged with breaching the law. He said a number of officers in the correctional service have also been transferred from particular correctional centres. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Fire destroys sections of craft market downtown

Eighteen shops at the Kingston Craft Market in downtown Kingston were destroyed by fire early yesterday at about 2:35 a.m. No one was injured during the blaze. The fire was contained by units from the Jamaica Fire Brigade, which turned out to be the saving grace for the remaining 107 shops left undamaged. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. OUR tells NWC to halt late payment fees

The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) has directed the National Water Commission (NWC) to immediately stop charging customers late payment fee on bills for which there are outstanding amounts. The NWC has also been directed to stop the practice of sending multiple bills within a single billing cycle and have been advised that only one bill should be sent to customers per billing cycle. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.