6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. JMA, JEA to merge
  2. Micro Stock Exchange coming
  3. Civil servant wins reinstatement after being ‘retired’
  4. Shaw wants to use dormant funds for MSMEs
  5. More teachers to be trained in restorative justice
  6. Another taximan killed

1. JMA, JEA to merge

The Jamaica Exporters’ Association (JEA) and the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) have merged into one entity. The announcement was made a short while ago at the JMA Expo at the National Indoor Sports Centre in Kingston. JEA president Michelle Chong and JMA president Metry Seaga made the announcement. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Micro Stock Exchange coming

Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw has announced plans to establish a micro stock exchange, to complement the junior stock exchange. Shaw says the micro stock exchange will target micro and medium enterprises needing capital.  See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Civil servant wins reinstatement after being ‘retired’

The Supreme Court has ordered the reinstatement of a career public servant who was “retired” as head of the state-run Court Management Services (CMS) by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen after she was given permission to pursue further studies. The Full Court, in a unanimous decision handed down yesterday, declared that Deborah Patrick-Gardner had been unlawfully “retired” as principal executive officer of the CMS. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. Shaw wants to use dormant funds for MSMEs

Industry and Commerce Minister Audley Shaw has disclosed that the Government is now in the process of engaging technical consultants to assess the feasibility of utilising unclaimed funds held by financial institutions as a financing option for the development of the medium, small and micro enterprises (MSMEs) sector. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. More teachers to be trained in restorative justice

Beginning in May, the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information will be training more teachers in restorative justice practices, in keeping with strategies to improve safety and security in schools. This is according to Director of Safety and Security in Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Police Coleridge Minto, who informed that the targeted 500 teachers will be trained in batches of 100 over the next six to 12 months. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Another taximan killed

A third taxi operator has been shot dead in the Corporate Area in just over a week. It is reported that 40-year-old Kerron Morner was about to drive from his home 55 Abberville Avenue in Patrick City when he was approached by a gunman who fired several shots hitting him multiple times. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.