6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Clarendon killings skyrocket
  2. Police, Gov’t wage talks start
  3. $50m from Gov’t for Irish potato project
  4. Ananda Alert working
  5. Airbnb: Ja’s tourism game changer
  6. Clarendon crime level raises concern

1. Clarendon killings skyrocket

In the past week, the parish of Clarendon recorded at least 10 murders, including the slaying of two children. Killings in the parish, which, before the latest incidents, stood at 93 since the start of the year, will now be pushed into triple digits. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2.Police, Gov’t wage talks start

The Finance Ministry is set to meet with the Jamaica Police Federation today to begin wage negotiations. The federation represents rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. Today’s meeting comes amid an appeal by the finance minister, Audley Shaw, for moderation in salary demands. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. $50m from Gov’t for Irish potato project

The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries has committed $50 million to provide crop care and productivity support for this year’s implementation of the National Irish Potato Programme, which will cost $1.6 billion. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Ananda Alert working

The number of children reported as missing across Jamaica has been on the decline in the past three years, and Registrar of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) Greg Smith is crediting this to the work of the Ananda Alert Secretariat. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Airbnb: Ja’s tourism gamechanger

Not only has Jamaica secured the popular tourism platform Airbnb as its first platinum sponsor of the landmark UNWTO-Sustainable Tourism Development Conference, but a partnership has been concretised, ensuring financial and other support of Jamaica’s tourism product going forward. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Clarendon crime levels raise concern

The murder of two more children in Clarendon last week moved the number of Jamaica’s youngest killed in the parish since the start of this year to five and placed it among the deadliest parishes for children. St James has recorded eight children killed since the start of the year to have the dubious record at the top of the pile, with five children killed in both Hanover and Kingston. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.