6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. May 22 is Sentencing Discount Day
  2. Alpart to build second bauxite plant
  3. Police to get speed and licence plate cameras
  4. Nat’l Health Insurance Scheme scheduled for this year
  5. OCG intensifies probe into Chinese land agreement
  6. Gov’t eyes merger of regional health authorities

1. May 22 is Sentencing Discount Day

The Jamaican Bar Association has announced that Monday, May 22 will be discount day for accused persons who plead guilty in the Home Circuit or the Gun court in Kingston. Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106FM this morning, Bar president Jacqueline Cummings said it’s part of an effort by the chief justice and the steering committee of the criminal case management unit of the Supreme Court to cut the backlog in the court system. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Alpart to build second bauxite plant

Finance Minister Audley Shaw says the owners of bauxite company Alpart are to build a second alumina plant. Shaw made the disclosure at a town hall meeting last night in Ocho Rios, St Ann. He said the plant is expected to produce 2,000 metric tonnes of bauxite per year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Police to get speed and licence plate cameras

The Ministry of National Security is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Works Agency (NWA) to utilise speed cameras and licence plate cameras on the nation’s streets. Portfolio Minister, Robert Montague, said this will see the electronic generation of traffic tickets. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Nat’l Health Insurance Scheme scheduled for this year

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has indicated that the Government is working to establish a National Health Insurance Scheme this year. Tufton said consultants from the World Health Organisation and the Pan American Health Organisation have generated an initial report looking at options for Jamaica. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. OCG intensifies probe into Chinese property deal

The country’s main anti-corruption body says that it will now have to intensify a probe into the US$720 million North-South Highway contract between the Government and the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Gov’t eyes merger of regional health authorities

The Government is considering plans to overhaul the four Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) this year. Dr Christopher Tufton, health minister, suggested that there would be the need for consolidation of the RHAs through shared services or the possible merger of the health authorities. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.