6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. New prison rules
  2. Man killed by police didn’t shoot
  3. JCF losing cops to overseas recruiters
  4. Erna Brodber wins literary award
  5. Gov’t to develop tourist workers
  6. JPS threatens Gov’t with $5b interest charge

1. New prison rules

State Minister for National Security Pearnel Charles Jr has declared it “time to draw a line in the sand” as the Government yesterday revealed several new measures aimed at putting a stop to the smuggling of contraband into Jamaica’s correctional facilities.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Man killed by police didn’t shoot

The Independent Commission (INDECOM) says initial investigations suggests that a man killed by police in Clarendon yesterday was not firing shots when he was shot dead by the cops. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. JCF losing cops to overseas recruiters

National Security Minister Robert Montague has said the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is losing members to neighbouring Caribbean countries. Addressing members of the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament last night, Montague said the officers are being offered lucrative salaries abroad. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Erna Brodber wins literary award

Jamaican fiction author Erna Brodber is among eight writers who will each receive US$165,000 for winning the Windham-Campbell Prizes offered by Yale University in the US. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Gov’t to develop tourist workers

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett yesterday announced that his ministry will be spending less on infrastructure in the upcoming fiscal year as more focus will be placed on developing persons who work in the tourism industry.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. JPS threatens go’t with $5b interest charge

Finance Minister Audley Shaw has revealed that the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has threatened to apply interests to the $5 billion the Government owes the company in streetlight payments. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.