6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Bushing saga deepens
  2. Gardner vows to clear his name
  3. Hampton board backs principal’s decision not to go on leave
  4. Police find three decomposing bodies in Negril
  5. Teacher at centre of Penwood-CXC debacle sacked
  6. Tufton concerned about drug drivers

1. Bushing saga deepens

The saga involving the controversial bush-clearing work has taken another turn because of statements contradicting E.G. Hunter, the chief executive officer of the National Works Agency (NWA). As a result, consideration is now being given to having the contractors appear before a parliamentary committee. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Gardner vows to clear his name

The Rev Dr Paul Gardner, former president of the Moravian Church in Jamaica, has issued a statement indicating that he will be working assiduously to clear his name. Gardner resigned last Thursday, two days after a woman wrote to the bishops of the Moravian church raising damning allegations against him. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Hampton board backs principal’s decision not to go on leave

The board of the St Elizabeth-based Hampton School is backing embattled principal Heather Murray who has decided not to go on two weeks’ leave in the wake of the controversy over her attendance at the bail hearing of an alleged sex offender. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Police find three decomposing bodies in Negril

The police have found three partly decomposed bodies in Negril, Westmoreland, believed to be those of three men who went missing from Seaton Crescent in the parish on Saturday: Richard Davis, 25; Romaine Miller, 24; and David Bennett, 22; all of Seaton Crescent addresses. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Teacher at centre of Penwood-CXC debacle sacked

Christopher Stephenson, the examination coordinator at the centre of last year’s ungraded exams debacle at Penwood High in St Andrew, has been sacked by the school’s board. But he’s fighting it. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Tufton concerned about drug drivers

Admitting that there is a lingering issue surrounding drug abuse in Jamaica, Dr Christopher Tufton, minister of health, has called for a rigorous sensitisation among citizens about the Dangerous Drugs Act. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.