6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. World Cup match surprises
  2. Ja refers 30 Windrush cases to Brit gov’t
  3. Hanover’s garbage dilemma
  4. Less bureaucracy for taxis
  5. Ja-born judge promoted in US
  6. Pope denounces abortion

1. World Cup match surprises

Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland yesterday, a few hours after four-time champions Germany were beaten by Mexico 1-0. See full story on The Gleaner’s website. And here.

2. Ja refers 30 Windrush cases to Brit gov’t

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Pearnel Charles Jr. has disclosed that the ministry has referred 30 cases related to the Windrush immigration crisis to the British High Commission. Speaking at the 6thBiennial Jamaican Diaspora UK Conference on Saturday, June 16, Charles Jr 20 of the cases were as a result of the advertisements that were placed in print and on social media. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Hanover’s garbage problem

The non-collection of garbage in Hanover is said to be at an all-time high, and the parish’s municipal authority is seeking to have the situation fixed urgently. However, Western Parks and Markets (WPM) says that the collection is being hampered by the unavailability of trucks. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Less bureaucracy for taxis

Acknowledging that the system now regulating taxis is heavily weighed down by red tape, Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague has pledged to make changes that will increase efficiency and safety on the roads. Speaking at the 10th annual Jamaica Driver and Traffic Safety Expo on Saturday, Montague said the Government would review the current system of assigning taxi routes to reduce barriers to entry and offer services to a wider public. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Ja-born judge promoted in US

United States judge, Renatha Francis, who was born and raised in Jamaica, has been named to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade, emerging above five other persons who were considered for the position. The St Hugh’s High School alumnus, is only the second black woman to be appointed to the circuit court bench in that county. The first black woman was appointed more than 25 years ago. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Pope denounces abortion

Pope Francis denounced abortion yesterday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics programme and urged families to accept the children that God gives them. Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association. The Vatican didn’t immediately provide a transcript of his remarks, but the ANSA news agency and the SIR agency of the Italian bishops’ conference quoted him as denouncing the prenatal tests that can result in parents choosing to terminate a pregnancy if the foetus is malformed or suffering other problems. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.