6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Gov’t hurting NHF
  2. Bank of Jamaica to call in red money
  3. Placement in full high schools for all students next year
  4. JMA renews partnership with Bureau of Standards
  5. World Bank exec to visit Jamaica
  6. Jamaica Folk Singers celebrate 50

1. Gov’t hurting NHF

Scores of Jamaicans who depend on the National Health Fund (NHF) for benefits could be at risk as the agency faces a cash crisis that has developed because it cannot collect billions of dollars from beneficiaries, including the Ministry of Health. At the end of the last fiscal year, the NHF was owed $4.5 billion, with the health ministry accounting for 94 per cent of that amount. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Bank of Jamaica to call in red money

Cabinet has approved a proposal to withdraw the one-cent, 10-cent and 25-cent coins from circulation. Information Minister Ruel Reid told a post-Cabinet press briefing today that the move is pursuant to the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Act. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Ruel Reid

3. Placement in full high schools for all students next year

According to Education Minister Ruel Reid, there will be 100 per cent placement of all students in full high schools next year. During a visit to The Queen’s School in St Andrew on Tuesday, Reid said that this will be made possible as a result of the expansion being undertaken at certain secondary schools. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. JMA renews partnership with Bureau of Standards

The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jamaica Bureau of Standards (BSJ), to position Jamaica as a highly competitive producer of goods and services. The JMA said it will continue to collaborate with the BSJ to provide training and technical support as part of its mandate to develop the capacity of members to improve productivity and competitiveness. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. World Bank exec to visit Jamaica

Eleven members of the World Bank Group board of executive directors will pay a two-day visit to Jamaica from tomorrow, September 14 to Saturday, September 16. The delegation, representing 98 member countries from the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific, will discuss Jamaica’s development priorities, emerging opportunities and challenges. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Jamaica Folk Singers celebrate 50

The dynamism of the Jamaican Folk Singers was on full display over the weekend. From their rich repertoire, they presented a wide cross section of songs that provided more than just entertainment. It was a canvas painted with fine vocals. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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