6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Christmas tourist arrivals hit record high
  2. Bias over jobs
  3. Church suspends pastor in sex crime probe
  4. Marcus Garvey expansion project on schedule
  5. Police to trace 119 prank callers
  6. Waterfront fireworks set for tomorrow

1. Christmas tourist arrivals hit record high

Jamaica registered record stopover arrivals during the Christmas season, with history-making numbers of 60,886 tourists visiting the island between December 22 and 28. During the same period last year, the country welcomed 52,000 visitors. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. ‘Bias’ over jobs

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) O’Neil Grant is crying foul at what he describes as the discriminatory treatment of officers in the Fiscal Management Group (FMG) of the public sector who are often required to reapply for their jobs when there is a reclassification of those positions. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Church suspends pastor in sex crime probe

Without even waiting for their colleague to have a single day in court, the leadership of the Moravian Church in Jamaica is separating itself from the alleged actions of a veteran clergyman. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.  See background story here.

4. Marcus Garvey expansion project on schedule

The National Works Agency (NWA) is reporting that the expansion of Marcus Garvey Drive in St Andrew is on schedule for completion by April 2017. The project, being carried out under the Major Infrastructure Development Programme, involves the expansion of a section of the roadway from four lanes to six and the installation of sidewalks. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Police to trace 119 prank callers

The National Security Minister Robert Montague is warning that the police will soon be able to trace prank callers to the 119 emergency number and punish them. He says of the 32,000 calls made daily to the 119 emergency number, 22,000 are made by people intent on creating mischief. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Waterfront fireworks set for tomorrow

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) says all is set for ‘Fireworks on the Waterfront’ on Saturday in downtown Kingston.The event is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.