6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Two senior FLA employees sacked amid probe
  2. JTA rejects Gov’t wage offer
  3. Textbook prices up by 6%
  4. Jackson to get redraft Banking Services Act
  5. Ja men second at squash champs
  6. J’can female boxer 50 and fabulous

1. Two senior FLA employees sacked amid probe

Two senior members of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) have been dismissed amid a major corruption probe. A third person could be dismissed Wednesday. In the meantime, Gleaner sources say the number of suspicious FLA files submitted to the  Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Task Force (MOCA) has increased from the 100 initially reported to 257. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. JTA rejects Gov’t wage offer

The delegates of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) flatly rejected the Government’s wage offer, which was presented to them during a closed session at the association’s 52nd annual conference in Montego Bay yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Textbook prices up by 6%

With the new academic year scheduled to begin in a little over a week’s time and news that school books have been hit by significant price increases, Everton Hannam, president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ), is expressing concern that many of the required texts are not even reusable. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Jackson to get redrafted Banking Services Act

South St Catherine Member of Parliament, Fitz Jackson, says he has been provided with the redraft of the amended Banking Services Act which proposes to regulate banking fees, among other things. Jackson says he received the Bill last week from the government draftsman and will re-table the proposed legislation when Parliament resumes. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Ja men second at squash champs

Jamaica’s men finished second after losing 3-2 to Guyana in the finals of the team competition of the 2017 Caribbean Area Squash Association’s (CASA) Senior Championships which wrapped up over the weekend in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. J’can female boxer 50 and fabulous

Alicia ‘Slick’ Ashley, Jamaica’ most successful and decorated female boxer, is in her own words “50 and fabulous” today. Speaking to The Gleaner yesterday, on the eve of her birthday, Ashley, who was born in Kingston on August 23, 1967, and lived in the Rockfort area until she migrated to the United States with her parents when she was 11 years old, said that she is in great condition, is anxious to get into the ring to win another title, and hopes that she will get a call soon. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.