6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. All systems go for Champs
  2. Denham Town fears ZOSO end
  3. Teachers say ‘no deal’
  4. Develop Spanish Town, don’t lock it down – residents
  5. St Catherine SOE shouldn’t affect GSAT – Minister
  6. Crime policy failure – Phillips to Holness

1. All systems go for Champs

Competition director George Forbes said that logistical preparations ahead of today’s start of the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships at the National Stadium, have been going smoothly, and he expects no problems as teams get settled into the venue for the five-day event. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Denham Town fears ZOSO end

If it were up to 28-year-old Sarah Singer (not her real name), the zone of special operations (ZOSO) in Denham Town would still be in week one, a time when the security forces saturated, seemingly, every crevice and corner of the West Kingston community. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Teachers say ‘no deal’

The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) is heading back to the bargaining table in another attempt at shaking the piggy bank some more as they seek to get a better wage deal from the Government. This, after members of the General Council of its association voted yesterday to reject the latest wage offer made by the Government last Friday. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. ‘Develop Spanish Town, don’t lock it down’ – residents

Some small business owners and residents in Spanish Town, St Catherine, are urging the Government to dedicate the requisite resources to fill the void after the state of public emergency is lifted. They said that recent precedence of special emergency measures imposed in other areas suggests that not much is likely to change when the decision is taken to end the state of public emergency now under way in the St Catherine North Police Division, where 48 people have been murdered since the start of the year. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. St Catherine SOE shouldn’t affect GSAT – Minister

Based on expectations from some school administrators, as well as Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid, the state of public emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division, should not severely impact general school operations or the staging of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scheduled for this Thursday and Friday. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Crime policy failure – Phillips to Holness

Dr Peter Phillips, president of the People’s National Party (PNP), has charged that the imposition of a second state of emergency since the start of the year is the Government’s acknowledgement of its own policy failure in regards to combating crime. Crusading at a political meeting in Black River, St Elizabeth, on Sunday, Phillips ripped into the Andrew Holness administration for declaring a state of emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division last Sunday. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.