6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. MoBay flooding affects schools
  2. Flash flood warning extended to more parishes
  3. PNP awaiting Integrity Commission’s review of OCG report
  4. JET exec welcomes Cockpit Country move
  5. JC-STATHS final for Manning Cup
  6. First Starbucks store opens in MoBay

1. MoBay flooding affects schools

The Ministry of Education has advised that schools in the Montego Bay area affected by severe flooding yesterday should remain closed. Education Minister Ruel Reid has advised parents and school administrators to continue paying close attention to releases from the Met Service and assess where it is safe for children and adults to use the roadways. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Flash flood warning extended to more parishes

The Meteorological Service has extended the Flash Flood Warning for low-lying and flood-prone areas of Hanover, St James, Westmoreland, and St Elizabeth until 5 this afternoon. The Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Ann, Trelawny, Manchester, Clarendon, St Catherine, St Mary, Portland, St Thomas, Kingston and St Andrew  has also been extended until that time. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. PNP awaiting Integrity Commission’s review of OCG report

The People’s National Party (PNP) Integrity Commission is expected, within a few weeks, to respond to general secretary Julian Robinson on the way forward following Tuesday’s tabling of the contractor general’s special report on allegations of impropriety in the St Ann South East constituency and the parish’s municipal corporation. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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4. JET exec welcomes Cockpit Country move

Chief executive officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) Diana McCauley has welcomed the move by the government to declare the Cockpit Country a no-mining zone. However, the environmentalist says there are still concerns about some boundaries which were not included in Prime Minister, Andrew Holness’ announcement yesterday.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. JC-STATHS final for Manning Cup

Defending champions Jamaica College (JC) and St Andrew Technical High School (STATHS) will meet in this year’s ISSA/FLOW Manning Cup final following contrasting semi-final victories at the National Stadium last evening. JC produced their usual gritty performance to carve out a hard-fought 3-2 extra-time victory over Holy Trinity High, this after both teams played out a 1-1 draw in full time. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. First Starbucks store opens in MoBay

Caribbean Coffee Baristas Limited, led by Ian Dear and Adam Stewart, opened its first Starbucks store in Jamaica on Tuesday and is expected to launch 14 more in five years. Jamaica becomes the American coffee chain’s 76th market. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.