6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. One Voice Against Crime – 51 MPs Vote To Extend State Of Emergency
  2. ‘Greatest Insult!’ – JLP Squabble Over NW St Andrew Intensifies
  3. RJRGLEANER Honour Awards | For Business (Special Award): Gloria Henry – Driven To Improve Business In Ja
  4. Port Industrial Park Ready To Roll – Project Tackles Warehousing First; Investment Partners To Be Sought For Other Phases
  5. Money In Ja’s Pocket – TEF Dedicates $15 Million To Reggae Month Execution
  6. ‘Stony Hill’ Gets Four-Place Post-Grammy Boost – ‘Chronology’ Also Goes Up A Spot

1. One Voice Against Crime – 51 MPs Vote To Extend State Of Emergency 

Lawmakers yesterday voted unanimously to extend the state of public emergency in St James by three months, sending a strong signal to the criminal underworld that legislators were in unison as they approved a resolution to cramp the record murder rate in the parish.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. ‘Greatest Insult!’ – JLP Squabble Over NW St Andrew Intensifies

Former member of parliament and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) veteran, Derrick Smith, has accused the party’s general secretary, Dr Horace Chang, of issuing to him the “greatest disrespect of his political career” as the squabble over who should take over as caretaker of North West St Andrew constituency escalates.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. RJRGLEANER Honour Awards | For Business (Special Award): Gloria Henry – Driven To Improve Business In Ja 

Despite her service to the region over the years, Gloria Henry, the Port Authority of Jamaica’s assistant vice-president in charge of operations and customer relations at the Montego Bay Free Zone (MBFZ), never expected her work could ever make her a recipient of a Gleaner Honour Award.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Port Industrial Park Ready To Roll – Project Tackles Warehousing First; Investment Partners To Be Sought For Other Phases

Construction of a modern warehouse constituting the first of a multiphase development of an industrial park by Port Authority of Jamaica is to begin by March at a cost of US$25.8 million ($3.2 billion). Vice-president for business development at the Port Authority, Edmond Marsh, said the warehouse is to be constructed adjacent to the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT) – now being operated by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited – in an area called the old zinc factory. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Money In Ja’s Pocket – TEF Dedicates $15 Million To Reggae Month Execution

In previous years, the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has given financial support for Reggae Month which, according to its executive director, Dr Carey Wallace, amounts to over $8 million. Dr Wallace explained that according to records the TEF has provided funding for events within in Reggae Month. These include the Dennis Emanuel Trust Concert in 2013, Dennis Emanuel Brown Tribute and Reggae Month ‘Its Kingston for February’ initiative in 2014, and other activities in 2016 such as the Dennis Brown Concert, Reggae Wednesdays, and the Trench Town Festival. See full story on The Gleaner’s website. 

6. ‘Stony Hill’ Gets Four-Place Post-Grammy Boost – ‘Chronology’ Also Goes Up A Spot

In the aftermath of the 2018 Grammy Awards, at which it took home the prize for Best Reggae Album, Stony Hill has gained four places on the Billboard chart of top reggae albums. The Damian ‘Jr Gong’ Marley set has now crossed the half-year mark on the listing, as its number-two ranking on the chart valid up to February 3 marks its 27th week on the ranking. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.