6 Things You Need To Know Today – July 4, 2014

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  1. Farms Hit Hard. Long before Water, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill’s announcement on Wednesday that Jamaica’s water resources were at crisis level, farmers in the country’s breadbasket parish of St Elizabeth were reeling from the economic fallout of one of the longest droughts in recent memory, as they tried in vain to grapple with crop failures… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Government Dodges Questions On Ellington’s Departure. The Government is steering clear of developments concerning the sudden retirement of Police Commissioner Owen Ellington… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. DPP Won’t Press Canada For Ex-Cop’s Extradition. The country’s chief prosecutor has confirmed that she has shot down a request from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to commence proceedings to have a Jamaican ex-policeman alleged to have been part of a so-called death squad extradited from Canada to face the capital charge… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Jamaican Gay Unions? Hanna Says Ja Not Ready For Same-Sex Families Despite Int’l Redefinition. With the paradigm shift from what had once traditionally been held as a family, discussions are now taking place on the international front to move the world towards recognising same-sex unions as part of the normal, modern family make-up… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Daley To Assist Ex-Cons With Cash And Training. Upbeat about its possibility to reduce the level of recidivism among her constituents, Eastern St Catherine Member of Parliament Denise Daley has said a programme is to be rolled out in August which will involve giving ex-convicts a lump sum of money to stay out of trouble… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Two-Year Ban For Smikle. Lawyers representing Traves Smikle are said to be looking at the best possible options to appealing the decision of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel’s to ban the national discus record holder for two years, following his failed drug test for a diuretic in June 2013… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com