6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Gov’t to spend more
  2. 1,442 arrested, charged with violence against women since Jan 2016
  3. JCF name change?
  4. Move to license teachers
  5. Gov’t to increase tax collection
  6. Peter Abrahams laid to rest

1. Gov’t to spend more in 2017/2018

The Government is proposing to spend nearly $710 billion for fiscal year 2017/2018, a 19.8 per cent increase over the $592.7 billion it spent for the 2016/2017 financial year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. 1,442 arrested, charged for violence against women since Jan 2016

Acting Police Commissioner, Novelette Grant, has reported that between January 1, 2016 and February 4, 2017 the Police arrested and charged 1,442 perpetrators for violent offences against women. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. JCF name change?

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) could have a name change before the end of the 2017-2018 parliamentary year. Legislation is expected to be tabled in Parliament during the legislative year to give effect to the administration’s plans to change the name of the 150-year-old institution. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Move to license teachers

Another attempt will be made in the new parliamentary year to introduce legislation aimed at licensing the more than 25,000 public sector teachers, a process which for sometime has been met with strong resistance from the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Gov’t to increase tax collection

A review of the Government’s revenue estimates indicates that the Andrew Holness administration intends to increase its tax intake by $62 billion this fiscal year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Peter Abrahams laid to rest

The indomitable spirit of South Africa-born Jamaican patriot Peter Henry Abrahams will continue to influence public opinion for many years via the various media channels of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, for which he remains a living voice and template for excellence in journalism. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.