We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
Early Morning Scare
Tens of thousands of Jamaicans got a slight scare Thursday morning when a slight tremor rattled much of the eastern part of the island. The 4.2 magnitude earthquake occurred 6:45 a.m. and had its epicentre west of Guy’s Hill on the St Ann/St Catherine border. It had a focal depth of 26-kilo meters. People in the following parishes felt it: St Ann, St Catherine, St Mary, Portland, Kingston and St Andrew.
Hot Spots Murders
Three people were killed in two separate incidents in two of the crime hotspots in the country. Just after midnight Wednesday, men returning from a party in August Town, St Andrew were attacked by several armed men. The attackers opened fire hitting two of the men returning from the party. One was pronounced dead at hospital. And early Thursday afternoon, August 22, two men were shot dead in May Pen, Clarendon. Reports are that shortly after 1 p.m. the men were among several people at the yard of the late Ewane Edwards on Sevens Road in the Clarendon capital. Edwards was killed recently. Gunmen entered the yard and fired several shots. Two men were hit and killed and a teen hospitalized. Details of their identities were not immediately available.
EPOC To Keep Watch
The Government of Jamaica on Thursday, August 22, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) to continue monitoring the country’s IMF Arrangement that ends November. EPOC has developed a reputation of credible, non-partisan oversight of the programmes with the International Monetary Fund stretching more than six years across administrations of both political parties.
The MOU signed Thursday extends domestic monitoring of Jamaica’s Economic Reform Programme beyond the end of the Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
Going After The Codes
The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) is being given greater administrative autonomy by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, under which it falls. State Minister, Zavia Mayne, says that under a newly developed regime, the JCPD will operate as a body corporate, with structures enabling them to better take care of their own affairs. The State Minister was speaking at the final in the Ministry’s series of public consultations on the proposed Codes of Practice for Employment for persons with disabilities at the St. Mary Parish Church Hall in Port Maria, St. Mary, on Wednesday August 21.
The Codes are intended to provide guidance on the engagement and facilitation of persons with disabilities in the workplace. Those individuals will be entitled to the same treatment in working environments as persons considered normal.