6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Security concerns hurting tourism
  2. 80/20 tertiary education model not sustainable
  3. Suspect in Spanish Town double murder arrested
  4. Trini gynae freed of rape
  5. Enshrine Windrush promise in law -UK MPs
  6. Opposition won’t support SOE extension

1. Security concerns hurting tourism

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has said that crime and security concerns were hurting the Caribbean’s potential to generate greater returns from its tourism product, as based on studies, the region could have earned US$13 billion more than the US$37 billion that was earned last year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. 80/20 tertiary education model not sustainable

Plans are currently under way to revise funding mechanisms for tertiary students, as Education Minister Ruel Reid has declared that the existing 80/20 model is not sustainable. The Government currently funds 80 per cent of the economic cost for tuition fees at the University of the West Indies (UWI), while students pay 20 per cent. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Suspect in Spanish Town double murder arrested

The police are reporting that the main suspect in the murders of Alex Walters and O’Deano Johnson, who were shot dead in Spanish Town, St Catherine last month, has been taken into custody. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Trini gynae freed of rape

A 71-year-old gynaecologist was freed by a High Court in Trinidad and Tobago after he was accused of raping a woman 15 years ago. Dr. Shauffie David Ali, who is also the owner and medical director of Gulf View Medical Centre, had gone on trial before Justice Hayden St. Clair-Douglas last month charged with grievous sexual assault and rape. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5.Enshrine Windrush promise in law -UK MPs

The promises to grant citizenship and other benefits to the Windrush Generation, including Jamaicans, could be enshrined in law soon if the Theresa May-led Tory Government bows to pressure from some 200 British members of parliament who are demanding that the pledges be supported by statute. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Oppostition won’t support SOE extension

The Parliamentary Opposition says it will not support further extensions of the States of Public Emergency in St James and in the St Catherine North Police Division. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.