6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. No sugar shortage -Agriculture ministry
  2. Jephthah Ford sentencing today
  3. Gayle, Samuels back in Windies ODI team
  4. Shane Alexis to replace Winston Green
  5. Cannabis regulations coming soon
  6. Disappointment after solar eclipse

1. No sugar shortage -Agriculture ministry

The Agriculture Ministry is refuting reports of a shortage of sugar. The Ministry says there is no shortage of sugar in the island neither has there been widespread complaints from consumers regarding an unavailability of sugar. In the wake of a media report and complaints from a retailer regarding the unavailability of packaged sugar, the ministry says its agencies last week increased their monitoring and surveillance activities to address the concern. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Jephthah Ford sentencing today

Well-known medical doctor Jephthah Ford is to return to court today for a sentencing date almost a week after he was found guilty on corruption charges. Ford was convicted on two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice following an incident in 2014 in which two Surinamese men were held with US$533,886 or J$55 million during a police operation along Half-Way Tree Road, in St Andrew. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Chris Gayle

3. Gayle, Samuels back in Windies ODI team

Jamaican opener Chris Gayle is poised to play his first One-Day International in 29 months after being named today in a 15-man squad for the five-match tour of England next month. The 37-year-old Gayle will be joined by fellow Jamaican Marlon Samuels who has also been kept out of the squad in recent times by Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) controversial eligibility rule. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Shane Alexis to replace Winston Green

Prominent medical doctor Shane Alexis will be on the People’s National Party’s (PNP) ticket in the race to replace Dr Winston Green as member of parliament for St Mary South East, setting up another clash of doctors when a by-election is called for the seat. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Cannabis regulations coming soon

The proposed regulations to govern the medicinal cannabis unit (MCU) that was established at the health ministry are now being finalised and will be submitted to Cabinet shortly. At the same time, the ministry has reported that a total of 80 persons have been trained and certified to prescribe medical marijuana in Jamaica. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Disappointment after solar eclipse

A few persons were left disappointed after they were unable to witness the partial solar eclipse that they had been expecting yesterday. The United States experienced coast-to-coast total solar eclipse yesterday, and Jamaica was expected to see a partial eclipse beginning some time after midday. Reports were that the entire process was to last between two to three hours. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.