6 Things You Need To Know Today – December 18, 2012

  1. ‘Silent Night’ For Scammers. With few legitimate alternatives available, the police crackdown on the infamous lottery scam has left several St James communities facing the prospect of an unusually low-key festive season. “No money nah run,” a prominent community leader in the Granville area of the parish told The Gleaner yesterday. “People can’t party without money, so we might as well put off Christmas this year.” [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  2. High-level Probe Into Corporal’s Murder. The Police High Command has condemned and ordered a high-level probe into the murder of Corporal Ransford Durrant of the St James Division, who was shot dead in Windsor, St Ann’s Bay, yesterday morning. Up to late yesterday afternoon, the police had not established a motive for the shooting. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  3. Appeal Court To Rule On Al Miller Firearm Case February 8. The Court of Appeal is to rule February 8, on the appeal brought by Reverend Al Miller against his conviction last year for negligence. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  4. Jamaicans Rescued At sea. Five Jamaicans who had reportedly been drifting on a small boat in the Caribbean Sea for three weeks are expected to be returned to Jamaica today. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  5. Filing For Our Children. My husband is a pensioner in the United States (US) and England. We have three children together – two boys (twins) 12, and one girl, 8. How do we go about getting a visa or a green card, and if he has a stepchild age 24, can he apply for her also? [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  6. Bolt, Fraser-Pryce shortlisted for Laureus Awards. A glittering collection of the world’s greatest Olympic and Paralympic stars have been nominated for the 2013 Laureus World Sports Awards, following a ballot by the world’s media. Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, along with Jessica Ennis, Missy Franklin, Andy Murray, Michael Phelps, Ye Shiwen, Bradley Wiggins and Serena Williams, are among those who received nominations when the shortlist was announced in Rio de Janeiro yesterday. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]