6 Things You Need To Know Today

Today’s news in a nutshell!

INTERNATIONAL

1. Hurricane Matthew rages on

Hurricane Matthew, a category four system which was expected to make landfall in Jamaica earlier this week, but surprised weather forecasters by changing course and bypassing the island, is currently passing over The Bahamas. The storm, which has caused 28 deaths in the Caribbean so far, is expected to make landfall in the United States by early Friday morning. Florida and the southeast coast are on hurricane alert, and evacuations have taken place in some areas.

Read more about Hurricane Matthew here.

2. US presidential race heats up

The firy race for presidency of the United States continues between Hilary Clinton (Democrats) and Donald Trump (Republicans). So far, there have been controversy-sparking debates between the primary candidates; as well as their vice-presidential proponents, Tim Kaine (Democrats) and Mike Pence (Republicans), with the world watching keenly to see who will emerge victorious in the November 8 elections.

REGIONAL

3. Big gun bust in Haiti

The police in Haiti have seized a shipment of close to 100 brand-new high-powered firearms and confiscated hundreds of assorted ammunition, some which were reportedly intended for Jamaican shores. The weapons were confiscated in an area frequented by criminals involved in the guns-for-drugs trade between Jamaica and Haiti.

See more details on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Haiti presidential elections suspended

Presidential elections in Haiti have been postponed indefinitely as a result of the extensive damage caused by Hurricane Matthew to the southwest part of the country. A new date has not yet been set.

 

LOCAL

5. PNP ready for local government elections

The People’s National Party (PNP) campaign director for local government elections, Noel Arscott, said the party expects to again sweep all 14 parish councils whenever the elections are called. “We are going to retain all of them. We will have some challenges in a few, but I am confident that we will be returned in all of them,” he said.

Read more on The Gleaner’s website.

6. More mosquitoes to come

The Health Ministry is warning Jamaicans to brace for an increase in the mosquito population in the next two weeks. Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye says the health ministry continues to fog high-risk communities like Portmore in an effort to reduce the presence of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads the Zika virus.

Read more on The Gleaner’s website.