6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Cassava Piece curfew extended to Gregory Park
  2. Simpson Miller, PNP officials granted leave to take Trafigura case to Privy Council
  3. PNP Women’s Movement want probe into neonatal deaths
  4. Money laundering probe yields $30m cash
  5. Start of NIDS court challenge today
  6. ODPEM ready to forcibly move persons living in flood-prone areas

1. Cassava Piece curfew extended to Gregory Park

The police have imposed a curfew in Cassava Piece, Kingston 8 in light of the spate of murders and shootings in the area. The curfew began at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, June 07 and will remain in effect until 6:00 p.m., Saturday, June 09. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Simpson Miller, PNP officials granted leave to take Trafigura case to Privy Council

Former Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and other senior officials of the People’s National Party (PNP) in the Trafigura case have been given the go-ahead to take their case to the United Kingdom-based Privy Council. The Court of Appeal, which reserved judgement in February, this morning granted their application for leave to Jamaica’s final court. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. PNP Women’s Movement want probe into neonatal deaths

The People’s National Party Women’s Movement is calling for the Government to urgently and thoroughly investigate the reasons for the significant increase in the number of neonatal deaths in 2017 in public hospitals. While recognising that, despite the trauma to parents and in particular to the mothers, neonatal death is not an unusual occurrence, the Women’s Movement is concerned that public hospitals are seeing an increase in such deaths in one single year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Money laundering probe yields $30m cash

Over $30 million in cash and a number of high-end motor vehicles were seized during a marathon police operation yesterday, marking the culmination of a high-level, multiagency money-laundering investigation that is pointing to a political figure, law enforcement sources have revealed. One person was taken into custody during the early morning operation in Old Harbour, St Catherine, which lasted all day, sources revealed. According to one source, the suspect was grilled for hours by police investigators. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Start of NIDS court challenge

The first step in the legal battle over sections of the National Identification System (NIDS) Act begins today. Government lawyers and attorneys for the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) are scheduled to appear before a High Court judge for a case-management hearing to plot the way forward for the highly anticipated legal battle. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. ODPEM ready to forcibly move persons living in flood-prone areas

Persons living in flood-prone and low-lying areas who refuse to move in the event of a hurricane are being warned by Major Clive Davis, director general of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), that their refusal to leave will trigger their removal by force. “We prefer to do moral suasion. We want to go in; we want to have the discussions; we want people to know their vulnerabilities; and we want people to get up and move because you could die. If they are not moving, we will have to do it,” said Davis. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.