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  1. #ZOSO: Cash for guns rewards programme for Mt Salem
  2. #ZOSO: $120m in rewards for info, guns, ammo
  3. Smooth start to school year expected
  4. #ZOSO: Opposition number could cause confusion
  5. #ZOSO: Faulty data, say Mt Salem residents
  6. JFF presidency race heats up

1. #ZOSO: Cash for guns rewards programme for Mt Salem

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced a massive national firearm recovery reward programme as well as a five-day grace period for illegal weapons found on premises in the Mount Salem community, which was last Friday declared Jamaica’s first zone of special operations (ZOSO). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

  • Rifles/submachine guns – $150,000
  • Semi-automatic pistols and shotguns – $100,000
  • Revolvers – $75,000
  • Explosive – negotiable based on amount
  • Ammunition – negotiable based on quantity

2. #ZOSO: $120m in rewards for information, guns, ammo

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced a $100 million fund to reward persons who supply information that lead to the recovery of illegal weapons and ammunition. Speaking following a tour of the first Zone of Special Operation in Mount Salem, St James, the prime minister said the fund will be administered by the Ministry of National Security and will be activated Monday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Smooth start to school year expected

Education Minister, Ruel Reid, says he expects a smooth start to the school year with classes resuming today. In his back to school message to the nation, Reid said subventions, furniture and books were provided to schools months in advance of their opening. He further said several schools were renovated. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. #ZOSO: Opposition’s number could cause confusion

The Opposition’s zones of special operations (ZOSO) complaints number, announced through the media last Friday, has left some worried it could create confusion and stymie the efforts of the joint command to actively take on the concerns of citizens on the ground. This as the Opposition number ends with the same four digits as the official one. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. #ZOSO: faulty data, say Mt Salem residents

While praising the professionalism of the military and police personnel who have been on the ground in their community since early Friday morning, some residents of Mount Salem are adamant that Prime Minister Andrew Holness acted on faulty information in selecting their community to be the first zone of special operations (ZOSO). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. JFF presidency race heats up

Michael Ricketts, front-runner for the presidency of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), said that his focus is on at least keeping the eight parish associations that nominated him on his side.See full story on The Gleaner’s website.