6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Petrojam raid
  2. Social workers to do community, school visit
  3. Coffee quota rule, JACRA cess up for review
  4. JHTA supports ban on single-use styrofoam, plastics
  5. High Alert activated for missing boy
  6. Emergency communication system to be operational by 2020

1. Petrojam raid

Teams from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the new Integrity Commission yesterday swooped down on the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, confiscating documents and computers amid allegations of nepotism, corruption and cost overruns at the entity. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Social workers to do community, school visit

For the first time, the Hear the Children’s Cry organisation will be able to hire a social worker to visit homes and schools of children who run away. Expressing gratitude to the Supreme Ventures Limited for donating $2.8 million to assist with the venture, Betty Ann Blaine, co-founder of the children’s agency, indicated that the method of conducting phone interviews was inadequate. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Coffee quota rule, JACRA cess up for review

Amid ongoing complaints that new coffee rules has been harmful to business, the ministry overseeing agriculture says it is weighing adjustments to the quota rule for Jamaican coffee to give processors flexibility as market conditions change. The Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture & Fisheries, MICAF, is also reporting that an assessment of the new commodities regulator and its funding mechanisms has been completed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. JHTA supports ban on single-use plastics, styrofoam

The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) says it is steadfast in its strong support of the proposed ban on single-use plastic and styrofoam containers, arguing that this has very serious implications for small islands such as Jamaica whose economic development and food security are closely tied to the natural environment. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. High Alert activated for missing boy

The police have issued a High Alert for 12-year-old Malano McLean of Espute Avenue, Kingston 11 who has been missing since Monday, June 25. He is of brown complexion, medium build and is about 4 feet 3 inches tall. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Emergency communication system to be operational by 2020

The Establishment of a national emergency communication system is on track, with the facility slated to be up and running within the next two years. Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Major Clive Davis, said the required equipment and other inputs are expected to start arriving in the island by the end of the year for installation to begin. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.