6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Holness’ ‘yes men and lackeys’?
  2. Bridgetown battle looms
  3. No disruption to trade with Ja post-Brexit
  4. Appeal Court reserves Trafigura judgment
  5. UWI lecturer working on Ja’s first satellite
  6. Bailer man to be sentenced for forgery

Prime Minister Andrew Holness

1. Holness’ ‘yes men and lackeys’?

Senior Opposition lawmaker Senator K.D. Knight has suggested that those close to Prime Minister Andrew Holness who do not have the fortitude to tell him he is wrong in the controversial decision to appoint Bryan Sykes as acting chief justice are “yes-men and lackeys”. Addressing the hot-button issue during his contribution to the State of the Nation Debate in the Upper House yesterday, Knight said Holness had nothing to lose by appointing Sykes as chief justice. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2.  Bridgetown battle looms

Concerned members of the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN) have called into question the stewardship of some members of its board of directors who they claim cannot account for millions of dollars in grant funding provided by international agencies. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. No disruption to trade with Ja post-Brexit

There will be no disruption to the trade arrangements between Jamaica and other members of CARIFORUM as a result of the impending separation of Britain from the European Union, High Commissioner to Jamaica Asif Ahmad has assured. But Ahmad said his ambition goes beyond that, explaining why the relationship will be different post-Brexit. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Appeal Court reserves Trafigura judgment

The Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in the application filed by lawyers representing former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and other senior officials of the People’s National Party (PNP) in the Trafigura case. They are seeking leave to go to the UK-based Privy Council. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. UWI lecturer working on Ja’s first satellite

A satellite that will be able to send back weather maps and live updates of weather patterns of the Caribbean is being developed at the University of the West Indies for launch into space. The Programme for the Enhancement and Application of our Knowledge of Space (PEAKS) is a nanosatellite that is being worked on with the hope of one day being launched into space, with wholly Caribbean technology at its core. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Bailer man to be sentenced for forgery

Professional bail bondsman 49-year-old James Bailey is to be sentenced on April 26 after pleading guilty to using forged documents to bail a murder accused. Bailey pleaded guilty yesterday in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court to three counts of uttering forged documents, forgery and attempting to pervert the course of justice. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.