6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Crime costing Ja $68b per year
  2. By-election candidates to sign political code of conduct
  3. JSE performance draws hacker attention
  4. No new JUTC rolling stock till 2021
  5. Transport ministry to address overstaffing, costly acquisition
  6. Victim support needed to end GBV – Grange

1. Crime costing Ja $68b per year

Crime does not pay, but it certainly is costing the Government of Jamaica a tidy sum, amounting to $68 billion per year, a dollar figure the National Security Minister Robert Montague says could fund the construction of 16 new schools. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. By-election candidates to sign political code of conduct

Candidates for the upcoming by-elections in St Mary South Eastern, St Andrew Southern, and St Andrew South Western are expected to affirm their commitment to good governance and to fair campaigning by signing the Agreement and Declaration on Political Conduct today. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. JSE performance draws hacker attention

Businesses are being advised to invest more in cybersecurity systems and tech security talent to protect themselves against hackers and cybercrime. Cybersecurity expert Karl Chambers, president and CEO of Diligent Security from Atlanta in the United States, says Jamaican companies have been seeing an increase in the number of attacks following the history-making performance of the Jamaica Stock exchange in 2015, with higher incidents of ransomware, phishing and malware attacks. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. No new JUTC rolling stock til 2021

Despite significant costs to maintain the current fleet of buses owned by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC), the Government has no plans at this time to retire the older buses, looking instead at another four years before it acquires new buses. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Transport ministry to address overstaffing, costly acquisition

The transport ministry is expected today to address overstaffing at the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) and the costly acquisition of the JAMINTEL building in downtown Kingston by the Transport Authority. Transport Minister Mike Henry is also expected to reveal the results of an Internal Audit he ordered at JUTC earlier this year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Victim support needed to end GBV -Grange

The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange said that providing support to victims is critical in the strategy to end gender violence. Speaking at the opening ceremony for the newly renovated and expanded Woman Inc Shelter in Kingston on Wednesday, Grange said, “Shelters and safe havens are vital components in reducing the incidence of gender-based violence.” See full story on The Gleaner’s website.