6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Fake judges signing divorce decrees
  2. Scorched by scammers
  3. RGD charging clergy to register as marriage officers
  4. Petrojam the mother of all scandals?
  5. Jurors demand justice
  6. Calabar student smashes National Junior 400m record

1. Fake judges signing divorce decrees

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has suggested that persons who recently obtained a divorce decree should check with the Supreme Court to ensure that it is valid. Chuck made the suggestion yesterday following his shocking revelation that the Justice Ministry has discovered cases where divorce decrees stamped by the Registrar of the Supreme Court are being signed by fictitious judges. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Scorched by scammers

Several local overseas-employment agencies have closed their doors in the last two years because of their inability to place workers in temporary jobs in the United States and the growth in the number of of unlicensed agents who are giving the industry a bad name. Operator of OS Consulting Orville Scott said the American H-2B temporary employment programme, which has, for years, provided jobs for thousands of Jamaicans, has lost its appeal. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. RGD charging clergy to register as marriage officers

Several pastors across the island could surrender their marriage officer’s licences in protest of a decision by the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to charge them $10,000 to register, plus an annual registration fee. The pastors are also upset about an invitation by the RGD for all marriage officers to attend a training session that costs a further $15,000. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Petrojam the mother of all scandals?

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips is calling for the immediate resignation of Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley for what he has described as “the mother of all scandals” at the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Jurors demand justice

Several persons who have served as jurors in the Home Circuit Court are demanding justice over what they describe as the shoddy treatment meted out to them. The jurors, who answered summonses to appear in the downtown Kingston-based court, say they are also concerned about persons called to serve in rural courts, based on the horror stories shared by persons in the legal system. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Calabar students smashes National 400m Junior record

Schoolboy Christopher Taylor upstaged his more senior athletes by taking home the Men’s 400m title in 44.86 seconds, on the final day of the JAAA Supreme Ventures Limited National Junior and Senior Championships at the National Stadium yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.