6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Seven killed, 8 injured in Westmoreland
  2. Police demand decency, public order for funeral processions
  3. Westmoreland schools closed due to gun violence
  4. House votes to extend St James SOE
  5. Judge orders el-Faisal extradition
  6. Unemployment rate falls

1. Seven killed, 8 injured in Westmoreland

The police’s Corporate Communications Unit is reporting that seven people were killed and eight injured last night in two shooting incidents in Morgans Bridge, Westmoreland. The police have not released details. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Police demand decency, public order for funeral processions

Reckless driving during funeral processions is not going unnoticed by the police, who say they are prepared to slap offenders with fines under the full extent of the law, according to Courtney Coubrie, acting senior superintendent of the Traffic Division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Westmoreland schools closed due to gun violence

Schools in Grange Hill, Westmoreland, and surrounding environs were closed early today as fear gripped sections of the community following yesterday’s murderous rampage by gunmen who shot and killed multiple persons and injured several others in separate incidents. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. House votes to extend St James SOE

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the fear of crime among St James residents has been reduced during the state of emergency, which the House of Representatives approved yesterday for an extension until August 2. The 53 members who were present voted in favour, after the debate ended close to 9 p.m. The other 10 were absent. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Judge orders el-Faisal extradition

Controversial Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal now has 15 days to challenge a judge’s decision that he be extradited to the United States (US) to stand trial on terrorism-related charges. On Monday, Parish Court Judge Broderick Smith signed an extradition warrant ordering that el-Faisal be handed over to US authorities in the state of New York. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Unemployment rate falls

Prime Minister, Andrew Holness, says Jamaica’s unemployment rate has declined to a record low of 9.6 per cent as at the end of January 2018, down from the 10.4 per cent out-turn for the October to December 2017 quarter. The figure is an improvement on the 9.8 per cent recorded in the October to December 2007 quarter. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.