6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Five die in Hanover crash
  2. JCF to probe claims of cops planting guns at crime scenes
  3. May 31 deadline for SLB
  4. Nearly 300 University staff to be fired in T’dad
  5. NWC asks customers to bear with them
  6. Stewart’s sad goodbye to racing

1. Five die in Hanover crash

It was literally a case of ‘speed kills’ along the Hopewell main road in Hanover on Sunday night as all five occupants of a Toyota Corolla motor car died instantaneously in a horrific crash that left the two occupants of another car badly injured. “It was a terrible accident, and from all indications, it was as a result of speeding,” reported Superintendent Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer of the Hanover police. We are trying our best to discourage motorists from speeding, but they are not listening.” See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. JCF to probe claims of cops planting guns at crime scenes

The Police High Command says it is to investigate claims that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) have been planting guns at crime scenes. The high command says it has written to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), which raised the matter last week at a press conference, asking for information to facilitate its investigation. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. May 31 deadline for SLB

New and returning tertiary students are being reminded that the deadline to apply for Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) funding is May 31. Applications for the Targeted Loan (used for undergraduate study and repaid after completion) are to be done online at the SLB website, www.slbja.comSee full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Nearly 300 University staff to be fired in T’dad

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the cash-strapped University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) is to send home nearly 300 non-academic staff as part of the efforts to restructure the operations of the institution. “Information from University of Trinidad and Tobago states that 59 academic staff are to be dismissed, 57 of which already received dismissal letters. In addition, 287 non-academic staff are expected to be dismissed. Discussions are still ongoing between the Oilfield Workers’ Trade Union (OWTU) and the UTT,” Garcia told the Senate on Monday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. NWC asks customers to bear with them

As the National Water Commission (NWC) makes strides in Kingston and St Andrew to reduce its non-revenue water (NRW) losses, its president, Mark Barnett, has appealed to customers to be more understanding,as water disruptions were inevitable. “My appeal is for those who are affected to bear with us. The long-term goal and vision of the NWC is to make the service that you are getting better. However, in getting there, there will be unavoidable disruptions. It just comes with the nature of the work,” Barnett said last Friday during a press conference at the NWC’s corporate offices in New Kingston. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Stewart’s said goodbye to racing

As she walked through the Marathon Tunnel at the National Stadium for the very last time as a competitior last Saturday, veteran Jamaican sprinter Kerron Stewart had to fight hard to hold back the tears as the reality of her final race on home soil struck a chord. It was the 34-year-old’s first time competing in Jamaica since the National Championships in 2016. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.