6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. MoBay business pauses after flooding
  2. Gov’t pledges emergency funds for MoBay
  3. Professor Claude packer is dead
  4. Twelve shot in St James, four fatally
  5. Gov’t signs loan agreement for energy management programme
  6. Six undocumented Jamaicans arrested in The Bahamas

1. MoBay businesses pause after flooding

Commercial activities in Montego Bay are at a standstill following Wednesday’s heavy rains. On Thursday, several major business operations in downtown Montego Bay were assessing damage, with employees feverishly removing silt from the properties. Business activity was almost non-existent along the usually busy Harbour Street as huge trucks collected debris from the flood waters. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t pledges emergency funds for MoBay

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has announced that $20 million has so far been identified to help with clean up and recovery in Montego Bay, St James following Wednesday’s flood damage to sections of the western city. McKenzie says $10 million will be made available from the Equalisation Fund. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Professor Claude packer is dead

Professor Claude Packer, the first president of the Mico University College, has died. News reaching The Gleaner is that Packer died at 6:10 p.m. yesterday at his daughter’s home in Florida, United States. He had been ailing for some time. Packer served the education sector for more than 50 years before retiring in 2014. He became principal of Mico Teachers’ College in 1995 and was later appointed the first president when the teachers’ college transitioned into the Mico University College in 2009. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Twelve shot in St James, four fatally

It was a night of terror in St James last night as another 12 people were shot, four fatally. The incidents began in Granville, where seven persons were wounded as gunmen went on a 30-minute shooting spree. Two of those wounded later died. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Gov’t signs loan agreement for energy management programme

The Government has signed a US$15-million loan agreement with the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP). Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw says that the sum is the second portion of a joint loan of US$30 million for the roll-out of the EMEP. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Six undocumented Jamaicans arrested in The Bahamas

Six undocumented Jamaican migrants have been arrested in Bimini in The Bahamas. It’s reported that the authorities went to Cat Cay and held the six Jamaicans in bushes shortly after 10 o’clock, Wednesday morning. A Bahamian man was also arrested in connection with the matter. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.