6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Ja missing out on sea economy profits
  2. Gov’t to develop bunkering industry
  3. Gov’t ensuring CRH fully restored
  4. NWC prosecutes 25 for outstanding bills
  5. Woman drowns in Portland
  6. Five per cent jump in murders

1. Ja missing out on sea economy profits

Jamaica is said to be losing out on billions of dollars because of the country’s failure to fully exploit the resources of the sea and a continued stubborn reliance on land area only to generate economic growth, this despite the allocated ocean area around Jamaica being 24 times that of the entire area of land. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Gov’t to develop bunkering industry

Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague says the Government is to aggressively pursue the development of Jamaica’s bunkering industry. This, he said, will be done through the facilitation of investment and ensuring that the necessary administrative and regulatory framework are in place. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Five per cent jump in murders

Four hundred and forty-two murders have been committed across Jamaica between January 1 and April 21 of this year, a 5.2 per cent increase when compared with the same period last year when 420 were killed. According to the latest statistics compiled by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), the number of persons killed in Portland increased to five, up from one last year – a 400 per cent jump. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. NWC prosecutes 25 for outstanding bills

The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that it prosecuted 25 delinquent customers between January and March. The NWC says the customers had outstanding balances totalling over $3,000,000. The agency says the recovery activities, which also included routine rechecks of disconnected services, were carried out in the St. Catherine, Clarendon and Kingston with the assistance of the Police. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Woman drowns in Portland

The body of an unidentified female was fished from the sea near Foreshore Road in Port Antonio this morning by a team from the Portland Municipal Corporation. The woman, who was wearing black underwear and brassier, was pronounced dead at hospital. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. Gov’t ensuring CRH fully restored

Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang says the Government is making every effort in ensuring that the 400-bed Cornwall Regional Hospital is fully rehabilitated. He said that when completed, the facility, located in St James, will be a genuine teaching hospital with all the required referral services. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.