6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Gay rights still big on US Embassy agenda
  2. Bolt says De Grasse no problem
  3. PM meets with permanent secretaries re Zones of Special Operations
  4. Traffic ticket amnesty begins today
  5. FLA Board resigns amid gun controversy
  6. Monymusk future uncertain

1. Gay rights still big on US Embassy agenda

The Kingston-based United States Embassy has no plans to relent in its push for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons to be given due recognition in Jamaica. Following the departure of former ambassador to the island, Luis Moreno, a month ago, the US Embassy has revised its strategic priorities. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Bolt says De Grasse no problem

Jamaican sprinting star Usain Bolt has poured cold water on the expected 100-metre challenge from young sprinter Andre De Grasse, adding that he felt that he was disrespected by the Canadian as the two prepare to go head to head at the IAAF World Championships, which gets under way this Friday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. PM meets with permanent secretaries re Special Zones of Operation

As the nation waits to see the declaration of the first of the zones of special operations, permanent secretaries and heads of government departments and agencies were on Monday called in to a meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness. At the meeting, a release out of the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said Holness emphasised the necessity for an all-of-government approach to the requirements set out in the Zones of Special Operations Act that was signed into law on July 14. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Traffic ticket amnesty begins today

Tax Administration Jamaica says all its systems are ready for the start of the traffic ticket amnesty today. The amnesty for delinquent motorists was initially announced for July 1. However, it was delayed to allow for all systems to be put in place. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. FLA Board resigns among gun permit controversy

The entire board of directors of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) has resigned amid the controversy over the issuance of gun permit to people of questionable character. Information Minister Ruel Reid says the members of the board, chaired by Dennis Wright, submitted their resignations to the National Security Minister Robert Montague. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Monymusk future uncertain

Karl Samuda said his industry, commerce, agriculture and fisheries ministry is yet to get an undertaking from Chinese firm COMPLANT, the parent company of the Pan Caribbean Sugar Company, if they will be willing to offset the cost of operating Monymusk Sugar Factory for the 2017-2018 crop year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.