6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Major military operation taking place in St James
  2. National Prayer Breakfast focuses on crime
  3. Sentencing quarrel escalates
  4. Police used-car drama gets worse
  5. Primary school teacher charged with sexual relation with student
  6. Carey Brown loses legal fight with JADCO

1. Major military operation taking place in St James

A major military operation is now under way in St James. The details of the operation are not immediately available. However, it is in response to a surge in shootings and murders in the western parish. The latest incidents occurred three hours apart near the round-a-bout to the Sangster International Airport on Tuesday leaving one man dead and three others seriously hurt. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. National Prayer Breakfast focuses on crime

It was the gathering of the usual faces this morning for the 38th Annual National Leadership Prayer Breakfast at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. Pastors and politicians, police and presidents of peddlers among those praying amid the Jamaican reality of a nation “at war with itself”, as guest preacher the Reverend Astor Carlyle, put it. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Sentencing quarrel escalates

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has admitted that he has concerns about the disparity in the punishment being handed down by High Court judges even as one of the country’s top attorneys rushed to their defence. Chuck’s admission comes as the judiciary faces tough criticism from law-enforcement personnel over perceived “light” sentences imposed on persons convicted for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Police used-car drama gets worse

After failing to account for how it spent $218 million in advance payment from the Ministry of National Security to import 200 pre-owned motor vehicles for the police force, the ministry revealed that it has partially terminated the controversial contract to O’Brien’s International Car Sales and Rentals. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Primary school teacher charged for having sex with student

Detectives assigned to the St Catherine Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) have charged a primary school teacher for having sexual intercourse with one of his students. He was charged with having sexual intercourse with a person under 16, indecent assault and grievous sexual assault. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Carey Brown loses legal fight with JADCO

The Court of Appeal has delivered a severe blow to the latest attempt by Carey Brown to keep his job as Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO). In a decision handed down earlier today, the Court of Appeal dismissed Brown’s application for leave to appeal the decision of High Court Judge Kirk Anderson to deny him permission to challenge his sacking. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.