Your news in a nutshell
- Police Federation rejects govt’s wage offer
- 114 murders in 20 days
- J’cans affected by Harvey in Texas get help
- Chinese want out of Monymusk deal
- Jamaica’s spiralling murder rate
- Cuban teachers to help Ja Spanish literacy
1. Police Federation rejects govt’s wage offer
Another public sector union has rejected the government’s six per cent wage offer for the 2017-2019 contract period. The finance ministry yesterday met with the Jamaica Police Federation, which represents rank and file members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, to begin wage negotiations. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
2. 114 murders in 20 days
One hundred and fourteen persons were murdered across Jamaica over a 20-day period that ended on Saturday. That is according to the latest statistics compiled by the police, and equates to an average of five murders per day between August 5 and the weekend. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
3. J’cans affected by Harvey in Texas get help
With an estimated Jamaican population of 60,000 living in Houston, Texas, and its environs, Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade said it is taking steps to assist Jamaicans who have been severely impacted by the effects of Harvey. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
4. Chinese want out of Monymusk deal
Pan Caribbean Sugar Company (PCSC) said earnest efforts are being made to offload Monymusk Sugar Estate to a new operator. It is also adamant that whatever the outcome, the Clarendon-based factory, which racked up more than US$60 million in losses under their management, is not in its future plans. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
5. Ja’s spiralling murder rate
The Jamaica Constabulary Force is reporting that the murder tally has now passes the 1,000 mark. According to the police, as at Saturday, there were 1,005 homicides. Citing the statistics at a press conference this afternoon, opposition spokesman on National Security, Peter Bunting, said this is 197 more murders or a 24.4 percent increase when compared with the similar period last year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.
6. Cuban teachers to help Ja Spanish literacy
Nineteen Cuban teachers will begin practising in Jamaican schools when the new term begins next week, as the Government steps up its drive to expand Spanish literacy among the population. The group is now completing two days of orientation at the Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston, courtesy of the Schools Operations Unit in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.