6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Laws with outdated penalties to be revised
  2. Hylton calls for National Spatial Plan
  3. Active hurricane season expected
  4. Juror shortage hampering courts
  5. EU data caution
  6. Police make breakthrough in murder case

1. Laws with outdated penalties to be revised

Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck has indicated that many of the laws of Jamaica with outdated penalties will be revised and modernised during this fiscal year. Speaking at his post-Sectoral Debate press conference at the Ministry’s Constant Spring Road offices today, Chuck said that in the 2017/18 fiscal year the Ministry undertook the task of reviewing the monetary penalties of over 800 laws. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Hylton calls for National Spatial Plan

The Opposition has called for the Government to urgently develop a National Spatial Plan, in consultation with stakeholders, which would help to overhaul what he described as the country’s outdated physical planning system. Anthony Hylton, Opposition Spokesperson on National Physical Planning, made the plea during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Active hurricane season expected

U.S. government forecasters said Thursday that they were expecting an active Atlantic hurricane season. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecast calls for 10 to 16 named storms, with five to nine hurricanes. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Juror shortage hampering courts

Jamaicans who are summoned to carry out their civic duties serving as jurors are said to be crippled by fear, leaving the justice sector scrambling to put together jury panels to try cases, particularly in rural Jamaica. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. EU data caution

Tough, new rules to protect the personal data of residents of the European Union (EU) take effect today, and Julian Robinson, the opposition spokesman on science and technology, is urging Jamaicans to pay serious attention to the issue. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a sweeping law that gives residents of the EU more control over their personal data and seeks to clarify rules and responsibilities for online services with European users. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Police make breakthrough in murder case

Police investigators believe that an altercation over a botched paint job was what led to the deadly attack on an elderly returning resident in St Mary last month. The St Mary police have now arrested and charged two men who they believe stabbed Delroy Walker, 63, multiple times in the upper body inside the dream home he purchased nine months ago in Rio Nuevo Resort, Tower Isle. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.