6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. #MoravianSexScandal: Committee identified to probe allegations against Moravian ministers
  2. #Hampton principal challenges Ministry-ordered leave
  3. #Fire at Carib Cement
  4. #More ganja smoking among motorists
  5. #New Road Traffic Act draws closer
  6. #Debushing programme costs escalate

1. #MoravianSexScandal: Committee identified to probe allegations against Moravian ministers

The acting president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Reverend Phyllis Smith says the members of an independent committee have now been identified to probe complaints against two senior ministers. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Hampton principal challenges Ministry-ordered leave

Heather Murray, principal of the St Elizabeth-based Hampton School, is challenging the education ministry’s decision to send her on two weeks’ leave. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Fire at Carib Cement

There was a small fire inside an administrative building at the Caribbean Cement Company Limited in Rockfort, St Andrew yesterday. Several administrative offices were destroyed when the fire reportedly reignited later in the night. See full story on The Gleaner’s website, as well as the update on the reignition.

4. More ganja smoking among motorists

One in six males admitted to driving under the influence of some sort of dangerous substance, while one in 17 females did the same, according to a new survey, which stakeholders believe is putting people’s lives in extreme danger. Many admitted to using ganja, in light of the recent decriminalisation of two ounces. Pointing to data in the recently released 2016 National Drug Prevalence Survey, Michael Tucker, executive director at the National Council on Drug Abuse, is expressing serious concerns with the findings. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. New Road Traffic Act draws closer

Debate on the new Road Traffic Act is expected to continue in Parliament today, with Prime Minister Andrew Holness scheduled to make his contribution. Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said the bill will shortly be passed by the House of Representatives. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Debushing programme costs escalate

A parliamentary committee is to turn up the heat today on the National Works Agency (NWA), the government body that is spearheading the controversial debushing programme. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.