6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Mandatory GPS for buses, taxis?
  2. Grade Four Literacy Test today, tomorrow
  3. JMEA calls for thorough Petrojam probe
  4. Digicel to sell 450 cell towers
  5. Twelve scammers convicted
  6. Protoje delivers on latest album

1. Mandatory GPS for taxis, buses?

Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague says that the Government is taking steps to provide greater protection for persons who use public passenger vehicles by proposing the mandatory installation of GPS in these vehicles. “We must put a GPS locator on every vehicle that works with public passengers,” he said, noting that “having a GPS will be like a third witness to talk the truth and nothing but the truth”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Grade Four Literacy Test today, tomorrow

The Ruel Reid-led Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has announced that the final Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy examinations in their current form will be administered today, Wednesday, June 20 and on Thursday, June 21. A total of 104,209 students are registered to sit the exams – 48,887 (literacy) and 55,322 (numeracy). Of that number, 16,494 are repeaters for the literacy exam and 8,898 for numeracy. Students will sit the literacy exam in 1,568 centres and the numeracy exams in 1,769. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. JMEA calls for thorough Petrojam probe

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ and Exporters’ Association (JMEA), Metry Seaga, is adamant that Government must ensure transparency in its investigation of allegations of financial impropriety at the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam. “My concern is that we have a proper investigation by the right people, that it’s fulsome and that whatever are the results, action is taken appropriately against whomever it is required,” Seaga told The Gleaner last night. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Digicel to sell 450 cell towers

Digicel Group Limited plans to sell hundreds of its Caribbean cell towers in a bid to reduce its leverage. Details are still emerging, but the company plans to finalise the deal in the second quarter of this financial year. The terms of the deal, the geography and purchaser were not disclosed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Twelve scammers convicted

Last week was a very good one for the Hanover police, as 12 persons who were arrested recently under the lottery scam law were convicted in the Hanover Circuit Court. “We hope this will be a lesson to all the persons who are still involved in this illegal activity and those who are planning to get involved,” said Superintendent Sharon Beeput, the commanding officer for Hanover. “We are resolute in our bid to stamp it out in this parish.” See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Protoje delivers on latest album

From the release of his first album, ‘reggae revivalist’ Protoje has been working on a timeline. In January 2011, he dropped The Seven Year Itch. In February 2013, the rising ‘reggae revivalist’ continued with The 8 Year Affair, and again in March 2015 with his most recently released album, Ancient Future. Though he missed the intended mark, it was only ‘A Matter of Time’. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.