6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. No work to fight gender-based violence
  2. Work on laws to protect children, women to start soon
  3. PM meets with EU ambassador
  4. 30 Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases confirmed
  5. HOPE in operation
  6. Google, Cuba sign deal

1. No work to fight gender-based violence

In the final weeks of 2016, the Government has been trying to fulfil a promise to revive a parliamentary committee tasked with reviewing a variety of laws to punish more severely, perpetrators of violence against women and children. But not much is expected to be accomplished by year end even with calls for action, following last weekend’s killing of two women, allegedly by their male companions, in domestic disputes. A 25-year-old woman was murdered yesterday in St Ann. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Work on laws to protect children, women to start soon

Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange has announced that the committee to consider legislation to respond to violence against women and children will soon begin its work. She says members from the House of Representatives were named to the committee last week and the members from the Senate are to be named shortly. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. PM meets with EU ambassador

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has highlighted his administration’s focus on economic growth and job creation as a means of transforming the society. He did this in a meeting with EU Ambassador to Jamaica Malgorzata Wasilewska this morning. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. 30 Guillain-Barre Syndrome cases confirmed

The latest statistics from the health ministry are showing that there have so far been 30 confirmed cases of Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) in Jamaica. GBS is a rare disorder in which a person’s own immune system damages their nerve cells, causing muscle weakness and sometimes paralysis. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. HOPE in operation

Parliamentarians have criticised the Andrew Holness administration, claiming that they were not properly informed that a new secretariat that replaced the Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) has been in operation. In August, the Government  replaced JEEP with the Housing, Opportunity, Prosperity and Employment (HOPE) programme. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Google, Cuba sign deal

Google and the Cuban government have signed a deal allowing the Internet giant to provide faster access to its data by installing servers on the island that will store much of the company’s most popular content. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.