6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. George Quallo wasn’t fired
  2. Opposition against attempts to remove Quallo
  3. Athletes need suport – JAAA boss
  4. 11 injured, 2 dead after truck crashes into ditch
  5. Portland residents marooned, crisis worsens
  6. More sentence reduction days coming

George Quallo

1. George Quallo wasn’t fired

The tenure of Commissioner of Police George Quallo could be hanging in the balance despite him refuting reports circulating in the media that he is being pressured to resign. News began making the rounds that Quallo is to hand in his resignation letter, following a meeting yesterday morning with National Security Minister Robert Montague to discuss the the rampant murder rate. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Opposition against attempts to remove Quallo

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Fitz Jackson, says the parliamentary Opposition is strongly against any attempt to remove Police Commissioner George Quallo. Jackson says Quallo has demonstrated competence in the job and loyalty to the Jamaica Constabulary Force. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Athletes need support – JAAA boss

With his administration spending over $19 million towards athlete welfare during the last fiscal year, President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr Warren Blake is calling for the Government’s assistance in helping the country’s less-supported athletes in their preparation and development. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. 11 dead, 2 dead after truck crashes into ditch

Two Clarendon men lost their lives when the truck they were travelling in crashed into a ditch on the Mandela Highway in St Catherine today. The deceased have been identified as: 75-year-old Winston Powell, a farmer of Copperwood district and 34-year-old Hubert Williams – a labourer of Chapelton district, both in Clarendon. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Portland residents marooned, crisis worsens

With expectant mothers unable to reach hospital to give birth, in addition to several other emergencies, a crisis situation is brewing among residents at Cornwall Barracks in the Rio Grande Valley of Portland, who, up to yesterday, were marooned. The unease among the approximately 1,500 residents is getting more and more intense following three days of torrential rainfall, which left the roadway leading into Cornwall Barracks impassable to vehicular and pedestrian traffic after a massive landslide last week Friday morning. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. More sentence reduction days coming

Undaunted by criticisms, Chief Justice Zaila McCalla has unveiled plans to expand the controversial Sentence Reduction Day initiative to four other parishes during the first quarter of this year. Sentence Reduction Day allows accused persons to plead guilty and become eligible for up to a 50 per cent discount on their punishment. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.