We cut through the clutter to tell you some of the most important stories of the day.
More Medals For Jamaica
Jamaica’s medal haul increased to six Thursday following top performances on the track and in the field by Shericka Jackson and Danniel Thomas Dodd respectively. Jackson won bronze after placing third in the 400 Metres race that was the third-fastest in history. Thomas Dodd threw 19.47 metres in the Shot Put to take second place and a silver medal. Those added to the four previously won.
Not 70 Years
The Government is to withdraw the Controversial Order from Parliament that would have increased the period of secrecy of Cabinet documents from 20 to seventy years.
There was widespread outrage about the move with the Order tabled earlier that would prevent access, under the Access to Information Act (ATI), to Cabinet documents for 70 years. In a statement Thursday, 3 October 2019, the Government said it would ” withdraw the interim measure of the Order Resolution and instead have the very important issues raised in the public debate go straight to the Joint Select Committee for their consideration.” The withdrawal is expected to commence in the senate Friday and in the House next week.
PNP Shadow Cabinet
People’s National Party President Dr Peter Phillips named a large shadow Cabinet today and left out three of the most vocal members of the Peter Bunting team that challenged for the leadership a month ago.
Bunting himself gets a new portfolio in an area he has never served — Education and Training. However, Angela Brown Burke, who previously served as Spokesman on Local Government and Community Development finds no place nor does Dr Dayton Campbell, who was spokesman on Health and Wellness. Dr Morais Guy takes the Health and Wellness Portfolio and Natalie Neita Headley is the spokesperson for Local Government. Ian Hayles, also a sharp critic of Dr Phillips is no longer in the Shadow Cabinet either.
Other Top positions include that of Finance Spokesman, Mark Golding, who was part of the Bunting team. Security stays with Fitz Jackson; Planning and Development, Dr Andre Haughton (in the Opposition Leader’s office) and Foreign Affairs and Trade, Lisa Hanna. Damion Crawford will deal with social Transformation, Culture and Community development.
Big Divestment Coming
The government will be divesting its interest in toll highway operating company TransJamaica. Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke said the TransJamaica IPO, “will be the largest in Jamaica’s history, several times larger than Wigton and Wisynco.” He was speaking on Thursday morning, October 3 at a special ceremony, to announce the initial public offering (IPO), in St Andrew. Details about the offer are to come later.
A man is in custody after a resident in St James wrestled a firearm from a man who attacked him Thursday morning in James Hall, St James. Police reports are that about 11:00 a.m., a man was leaving a night club when he was attacked by another man who hit him with a firearm. A tussle ensued between the two and the assailant was disarmed. The Police were subsequently summoned and the firearm – a .38 revolver – was handed over to them. The suspect is in custody.
And police seized two firearms and three rounds of ammunition during an operation in the Cornpiece area of Clarendon, a parish under the State of Emergency, on Thursday, October 3.
Reports are that about 11:00 a.m., lawmen were on operation at an abandoned building when the firearms, ammunition and a firearm sound suppressor (silencer) were found at the back of the premises. No arrests were made.