6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. St Cathehrine North SOE extended
  2. Meet your new ministers
  3. Attorney Don Foote freed of fraud charge
  4. Jamaica Eye legality questioned
  5. MOCA probes telemarketing firm
  6. Spiny losbster advisory for fishers

1. St Catherine North SOE extended

Some rights of residents living in communities throughout the St Catherine North Police Division will continue to be suspended for three months, after the 49 members of parliament present in Gordon House yesterday voted in favour of the resolution for the state of emergency (SOE) declared on March 18 to be extended until July 3. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Meet your new ministers

As a result of this week’s Cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, two new senior ministers and two new state ministers of government were yesterday sworn-in by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen during a brief private ceremony at King’s House in St Andrew. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Attorney Don Foote freed of fraud charge

Well-known attorney Don Foote has been freed of fraud charges. The Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court yesterday returned a formal verdict of not guilty following submissions by Foote’s attorney, his son, Able-Don and a concession from the prosecution that it could not prove its case. In 2015, Foote was charged on allegations that he failed to pay over millions of dollars held in a trust fund for his client. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. Jamaica Eye legality questioned

The legality of Jamaica Eye – the latest crime-fighting effort of the Ministry of National Security, which works in tandem with private companies using CCTV images – was yesterday questioned during the sitting of the joint select committee hearing submissions on the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2017. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. MOCA probes telemarketinng firm

The Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) yesterday revealed that it has seized almost $2 million and several motor vehicles arising from an investigation into the operations of the telemarketing firm Prisoners For Christ (PFC). MOCA revealed, too, that three persons were now in custody following a series of operations conducted as part of the investigations. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Spiny lobster advisory for fishers

Even though the spiny lobster close season runs until Saturday, June 30, the law provides for a limited time between April 1 and April 21 when licensed fisherman who have been granted special permission can sell, export or process spiny lobster or spiny lobster products which had been lawfully fished and declared to the licensing authority, before the start of the close season. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.