6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Massive gun bust in MoBay
  2. Gov’t spending billions to treat crash, violence victims
  3. National plan to end GBV launched
  4. One shelter not enough
  5. $700m for EOJ reverification programme withdrawn
  6. Nine nominated for NCB Nation Builder’s Award

1. Massive gun bust in MoBay

Amid the mayhem that has claimed more than 300 lives in St James this year alone, authorities in the United States (US) have revealed that an arsenal of more than 119 illegal guns and hundreds of assorted rounds of ammunition, seized in the State of Florida last month, was destined for the western Jamaica parish. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t spending billion to treat crash, violence victims

It is costing the Jamaican health sector a staggering $12.6 billion per year on average to cover medical care for persons needing treatment for violence-related injuries and road traffic crashes. The figure represents 36 per cent of the annual national hospital budget, according to the latest findings of a cost of care study. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. National plan to end GBV launched

After more than 10 years in the making, the National Strategic Action Plan to Eliminate Gender-based Violence (NSAP-GBV) was launched yesterday to provide a more integrated, multisectoral, and structured approach to address violence against women and girls. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. One shelter not enough

Head of the European Union Delegation to Jamaica Malgorzata Wasilewska has called for the establishment of more safe spaces for women who are victims of gender-based violence and has revealed that she has started exploring opportunities for the establishment of a shelter in western Jamaica. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. $700m for EOJ reverification programme withdrawn

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has withdrawn the $700 million it had set aside for the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EoJ) pilot reverification programme from the First Supplementary Estimates tabled on Tuesday, and the reasons for the removal did not sit well with the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Nine nominated for NCB National Builder’s Award

Nine small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) will vie for more than $2 million in prizes at the 10th annual National Commercial Bank (NCB) nation builder awards on December 12. Nominated for the innovation award are Janet Rankine Henry, trading as Complete Nutrition Diet Care Centre; Crafton Holdings Limited, and Black Ink Marketing & Event Solutions Limited. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.