6 Things You Need To Know To Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Budget debate opens today
  2. JTA worried about plans to pay rejected wage offer
  3. WiFi for JUTC buses
  4. Public wants tax on sugary drinks
  5. Med Techs go back to work
  6. Crime Stop tips leading to arrests

1. Budget debate opens today

With a less than impressive real gross domestic product (GDP) outturn for calendar year 2017 and clear indications that the projected 2.3 per cent target for the 2017-2018 financial year will not be met, Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw will today shed light on the Government’s plans for the economy for the upcoming fiscal year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. JTA worried about plans to pay rejected wage offer

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says its concerned that the government is planning to pay the proposed increase for year one of the 2017-2019 contract period this month although public school educators have rejected the offer. The JTA says it has been informed of the decision by the Ministry of Finance. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. WiFi for JUTC buses

Aspiring to make Internet access in Jamaica as abundant as water, Growth Tech Limited yesterday signed off on a major partnership deal with the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) for the provision of Wi-Fi connectivity on approximately 450 buses. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Public wants tax on sugary drinks

There is strong public support for the Government to move beyond education campaigns to taking action on obesity, including, support for a sugary drinks tax. Dr Christopher Tufton, health minister, in reporting on findings from Heart Foundation of Jamaica’s Obesity Prevention Public Opinion Survey, indicated that 64 per cent of respondents supported a tax on sugary drinks. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Med Techs go back to work

Normal operations have resumed at the Blood Bank and the National Public Health Laboratory in Kingston as medical technologists have gone back to work. This after the Ministry of Health last evening settled the payment of retroactive sums to the more than 80 workers. The medical technologists had been on sick-out since Monday to protest the non-payment of the money. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Crime Stop tips leading to arrests

Crime Stop Jamaica is reporting that the arrest of businessman Omar ‘Best’ Collymore was the result of a tip it received through its 311 hotline. Collymore was arrested at a guest house in St Elizabeth preparing to flee the island by boat. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.