6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. New police commish Antony Anderson
  2. 151 athletes for Commonwealth Games
  3. McLean found guilty on 6 murder counts
  4. NWC to get 9600 smart metres
  5. Med techs sick out over unpaid retro money
  6. 120 rogue funeral operators identified

1. New police commish Antony Anderson

Former army chief Major General Antony Anderson has been appointed Police Commissioner effective March 19. He will succeed George Quallo who retired earlier this year. Major General Anderson currently serves as the National Security Adviser, a post he has filled since being appointed in December 2016. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. 151 athletes for Commonwealth Games

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) will be sending its largest ever contingent of individual and team sports to represent the nation at the Commonwealth Games next month. One hundred and fifteen athletes and 36 officials, totalling 151 personnel, will represent Jamaica in 15 sports. The announcement was made at an official press conference at the JOA headquarters in Kingston, yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. McLean found guilty on six murder counts

Businessman Michael McLean has been convicted of slaughtering six members of a St Thomas family, including four children in a killing that shocked the nation 12 years ago. After a five-week trial that included 15 witnesses and mainly circumstantial evidence, a seven-member jury deliberated for just over three hours before returning a unanimous guilty verdict. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. NWC to get 9600 smart metres

The first  9,600 solid state water meters being supplied to the Government by Diehl Metering are expected to be delivered within another two months, after which the National Water Commission (NWC) will begin the installation. A total of 450,000 metres are to be provided by the German company, under a US$43.9 million contract awarded last year to replace mechanical water meters with more efficient, high-tech electronic devices. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Med techs sick out over unpaid retro money

The Ministry of Health is now moving to pay retroactive money owed to medical technologists who have again taken industrial action. More than 80 workers, who are employed to the Blood Bank and the National Public Health Laboratory in Kingston, have been on sick-out since yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. 120 rogue funeral operators identified

The Jamaica Association of Certified Embalmers and Funeral Directors has identified 120 rogue operators it says are threatening the integrity of the business and often engaged in corrupting public officials. They are “suitcase operators” who have been obtaining money from unsuspecting relatives of deceased people by fraudulent means, said association president Calvin Lyn. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.