6 Things You Need To Know Today – June 30, 2016


  1. Amnesty International Demands Action From West Kingston Report. Amnesty International has thrown its full support behind the just released report of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry and is demanding that the Jamaican Government immediately detail how it plans to implement the recommendations put forward…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. No Ganja Worries – Review Won’t Change Ganja Laws, Tufton Says After Criticisng ‘Rush’ To Pass Popular Law. Dr Christopher Tufton, health minister, is clarifying that no legislative changes should be expected from a “comprehensive review” that he says is needed of changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act, which relaxed the usage of ganja in Jamaica…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com 
  3. Jamaica Moves To Combat Obesity. Highlighting a Jamaica health and lifestyle survey, which indicates that nearly half of Jamaicans are classified as having low levels of physical activity, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has suggested that this inactivity has led to an epidemic of obesity, and as such, he has launched the ‘Jamaica Moves’ national campaign to spur Jamaicans to become active…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Race For Rio Begins – Olympic Trials Set To Ignite National Stadium. Over 400 athletes will get their Rio Olympics campaign under way over the next four days at the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships as the island’s best take focus at the National Stadium…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. More Renewable Energy For The National Grid. The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) will later this year begin to buy 36 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from new Independent Power Producers (IPPs) BMR Jamaica Wind, and 20 MW of solar energy from WRB Solar…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Auxiliary Fees A Big Political Issue – Minister. Minister of Education Ruel Reid has rebuffed suggestions that the efforts by the ministry to ensure that schools adhere to the new policy of abolishing auxiliary fees while asking for reasonable contributions from parents have stifled opportunities to introduce initiatives that improve the teaching and learning process…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com