6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Stinking politics
  2. Jackson withdraws banking bill to amend, retable
  3. New trucks to improve garbage collection
  4. Logos Hope ship to dock in Ja
  5. Visually impaired contestant makes Festival Queen history
  6. Read Across Ja was lit!

1. Stinking politics

A furious Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries, has rubbished claims by his opposition counterpart, Dayton Campbell, that he fired Hugh Graham, chief executive officer of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board, over a disagreement relating to the granting of a licence to a company to import milk powder from Colombia for resale on the local market. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Jackson withdraws banking bill to amend, retable

In a dramatic move that took some lawmakers by surprise yesterday, member of parliament (MP) for St Catherine South, Fitz Jackson, withdrew the controversial bill to amend the Banking Services Act. Jackson pulled the bill from Parliament’s Order Paper, complaining bitterly that despite opening debate on the bill from January, the legislative measure continues to suffer undue delays. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. New trucks to improve garbage collection

Three brand new Renault-manufactured garbage trucks valued at approximately $61 million were commissioned into service yesterday by Local Government and Community Development Minister Desmond McKenzie, which should ease the perennial issues of infrequent collection in some communities. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Logos Hope ship to dock in Ja

The world’s largest book fair, Logos Hope, will pull into the Cement Factory Pier at Rockfort, Kingston on Friday, with an expansive selection of 5,000 titles for sale to the Jamaican public at prices below market, as well as access to events on board. The ship will be on the island for eight weeks: from May 12 to June 11 in Kingston, and June 15 to July 2 in Montego Bay. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Visually impaired contestant makes Festival Queen history

The Jamaica Festival Queen Competition will celebrate its 54th anniversary this year and for the first time in the competition’s history, a visually-impaired young woman will be among the contestants. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Read Across Ja was lit

The Read Across Jamaica Foundation yesterday embarked on another mission to encourage the nation’s children to pattern fluent and impressive reading, by having influential persons in society and representatives from major organisations read to them during Read Across Jamaica Day. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.