6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Carlos Hill walks free
  2. Tufton bats for WHO ganja reclassification
  3. $3,000 sex deal gone bad
  4. Tax, banks butchering small businesses
  5. OCG dairy probe begins
  6. 51 guns seized in St James so far

Carlos Hill

1. Carlos Hill walks free

Locksley Comrie, a former Jamaican football administrator, was furious yesterday as he watched Carlos Hill, founder of the Cash Plus scheme in which he had invested US$10 million, walk out of the Home Circuit Court a free man. “I invested ten million [expletive] dollars and don’t get back a penny,” Comrie, who is confined to a wheelchair, shouted outside the court after prosecutors announced that they were offering no evidence against Hill. See full story on The Gleaner website.

2. Tufton bats for WHO ganja reclassification

Health Minister of Health, Dr Chris Tufton, has made a call to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for it to change its classification of ganja. Currently, the international organisation categorise ganja as a Schedule 1 Drug, that is an illegal drug with no medicinal benefits. See full story on The Gleaner website.

3. $3,000 sex deal gone bad

Whether the police were in breach of Jamaica Constabulary Force regulations in St Ann yesterday when a man who they were in the process of searching was pounced upon and allegedly stabbed to death by a woman is being investigated. It happened after a sex deal had gone bad. Assistant Commissioner of Police Wray Palmer said that a probe into the matter was absolutely necessary to determine exactly what happened. See full story on The Gleaner website.

4. Tax, banks  butchering small businesses

The combination of a high property tax regime, exorbitant banking fees and what they say is an unjustifiable land deal with the Chinese could end up being the final nail in the coffin of the micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME), according to Hugh Johnson, president of the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ). See full story on The Gleaner website.

5. OCG dairy probe begins

Donald Elvey, chairman of the Jamaica Dairy Development Board (JDDB), yesterday disclosed that the Office of the Contract General (OCG) had begun an official investigation into the Mombasa grass scandal. He confirmed that during a visit to the agency’s office last week Friday, investigators seized computers. See full story on The Gleaner website.

6. 51 guns seized in St James so far

Despite the fact that murders have raced passed the 100 mark since the start of the year, the Police High Command in St James is still claiming some success, as, according Senior Superintendent of Police Marlon Nesbeth, they have seized 51 illegal guns since the start of the year. See full story on The Gleaner website.