6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Teachers may strike
  2. Quallo in hot seat
  3. New look Gleaner unveiled today
  4. Montague accused of interfering in police operations
  5. Flash flood warning on for several parishes
  6. Ruthven Apt redesign may lead to lower prices

1. Teachers may strike

Jamaica faces an uncertain start to the new school term today as teachers continue to hint at industrial action to press their demand for a better wage offer from the Government. Efforts to get a definitive position from the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) yesterday were met with stony silence as usually vocal sources pointed The Gleaner to a New Year’s message released yesterday by its president, Georgia Waugh Richards. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Quallo in hot seat

Police Commissioner George Quallo will be in the hot seat today when he meets with Minister of National Security Robert Montague to explain his handling of the fiasco that allowed rowdy patrons attending a party to slow access to the Norman Manley International Airport for several hours on New Year’s Day. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. New look Gleaner unveiled today

A new-look Gleaner hits news stands this morning, January 8, marking the first wide-scale design change to this 183-year-old publication since 2001, when a series of incremental changes were made. After much consultation, we’ve redesigned our newspaper for the digital age, updating the look and feel and improving readability. The Gleaner, for today, is easier to navigate and read. Our focus is blending stunning visuals and pointed text with compact storytelling. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Montague accused of interfering in police operations

The Police Officers’ Association is accusing the National Security Minister Robert Montague of interfering in the operations of the police force. In a statement issued Sunday night, Association Chairman Superintendent Catherine Lord, said she was “extremely concerned” about the serious distractions from the management of major crimes that have occurred in recent times. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Flash flood warning for several parishes

The Meteorological Service has upgraded the Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St Mary and Portland to a Flash Flood Warning. It has continued the Flash Flood Watch for low lying and flood prone areas of all other parishes. These are effective until 5 p.m. Sunday.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Ruthven Apt redesign may lead to lower prices

The National Housing Trust (NHT), which last September announced plans for the long-awaited Ruthven Towers in Kingston, says that a redesign of the development is under way and is the cause of a delay in construction. The redesign is likely to affect unit prices but is more directly related to density changes, the NHT told Gleaner BusinessSee full story on The Gleaner’s website.