6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. State of emergency in St James
  2. Why St James state of emergency took so long
  3. Judiciary backfires at ‘light sentences’ criticism
  4. No new taxes in upcoming budget
  5. Steel Pulse founding member dies
  6. Confiscated ship fetches $10m

1. State of emergency in St James

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared a state of emergency in St James. This means that extraordinary powers have been given to the security forces and some rights have been suspended. Members of the security forces may also search places without a warrant.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. St James state of emergency took so long

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sought to explain why it took so long for the state of public emergency to be declared in the parish of St James. Since 2016 when the upsurge in violence began in St James, there have been calls for a state of emergency.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Judiciary backfires at ‘light sentencing’ criticism

The Jamaican judiciary, under fire for perceived light sentences handed to persons convicted for possession of illegal guns and ammunition, has come out swinging at critics and media reports on the controversy. Through its Court Management Service (CMS), the judiciary said it has no objection to “appropriate scrutiny” but insisted that this should be done in a manner that is fair, balanced, and based on full and accurate information. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. No new taxes in upcoming budget

Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw says no new taxes will be included in the 2018/19 budget. He says revenue inflows have been doing fairly well this year, noting that the out-turn at the end of December 2017 was $13 billion ahead of projections. He says with this trajectory, it is not the Government’s plan to introduce a new tax package in the new budget. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Steel Pulse founding member dies

The entertainment fraternity is in mourning following the passing of Steel Pulse’s founding member, Steve ‘Grizzly’ Nisbett. His death was announced via the reggae group’s Facebook page. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Confiscated ship fetches $10m

European shipping interests converged at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston last week for the auction of Malta-registered bulk carrier, Trading Fabrizia, at which a Greek shipper scored the winning bid. The ship had sailed into Jamaican waters at the end of October 2016 and was ‘arrested’ on behalf of Italian outfit Jebmed SRL, which was owed a debt of US$699,046 by Capitalease, the owner of the vessel. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.