6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. No Jamaican affected in UK blast
  2. Fire at Spanish Town court office
  3. $100m rescue plan for Trelawny cane farmers
  4. Summer work programme to employ 25,200 youth
  5. ReadyTV eyes 500,000 market
  6. UWI to host summit on Chinese expansion in the C’bean

1. No Jamaican affected in UK blast

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has confirmed that no Jamaican was affected by the blast that killed 22 people and injured scores of others at a concert in Manchester, England last night. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Fire at Spanish Town court office

Fire personnel are now completing cooling down operations at the St Catherine Municipal Court Office in Spanish Town after a fire of unknown origin gutted the accountant’s office. It is reported that fire was seen coming from the section which housed books, receipts and other documents relevant to court fines. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. $100m rescue plan for Trelawny cane farmers

The cloud of uncertainty that has been hanging over cane farmers in Trelawny in the wake of the shutting down of operations at the Long Pond Sugar Estate is poised to be lifted, thanks to plans to establish an ambitious $100 million multifaceted facility to process and package farm produce for the tourism and retail sectors. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Summer work programme to employ 25,200

The HEART Trust-NTA is looking to engage 25,200 young people this year under its Youth Summer Employment Programme. This is a significant increase over the approximately 6,000 persons who were employed in 2016. The Youth Summer Employment Programme is an intervention targeting youth attending secondary and tertiary institutions who need some meaningful work experience. Graduates who are unemployed can also apply. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. ReadyTV eyes 500,000 market

Digicel was initially a partner with Chris Dehring in the company that will operate new subscriber service, ReadyTV, but that relationship ended years ago. Now the two companies will vie in the same market when ReadyTV formally launches into business today, Wednesday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. UWI to host summit in Chinese expansion in the C’bean

The government of the People’s Republic of China through its embassy in Jamaica has partnered with the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies to host a summit under the theme ‘China in the Caribbean: History, Politics, Diplomacy and Enterprise’. This summit will take place at the University’s Regional Headquarters on May 30 at 10 a.m. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.