6 Things You Need To Know Today

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  1. Schools report HPV vaccine success
  2. Parliamentary committee argues over five-in-four target
  3. B-Fix-it slows J’can dollar slide
  4. Caribbean remittances recover after two years
  5. MP leaves meeting after comments rejected
  6. 150 new district constables to be recruited

1. Schools report HPV vaccine success

Two of the schools whose students received the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine on Monday are reporting that despite the backlash and islandwide controversy, it was a smooth process. Leighton Smith, principal of the Papine High School in St Andrew, said that the collaboration with the ministry went fairly well, which resulted in an organised execution of the exercise. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Parliamentary committee argues over five-in-four target

State Minister for finance and the public service, Fayval Williams, yesterday defended the Government’s so-called five-in-four gross domestic product (GDP growth targets during a parliamentary committee meeting as she sought to dismiss concerns over whether there was a disagreement within government in relation to medium-term projections. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. B-Fix-It slows slide of J’can dollar

Declaring that the Jamaican dollar has depreciated by only 1.0 per cent for the 12-month period up to October 2 this year, Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) Governor Brian Wynter said that the central bank is reaping positive results from its “B-fix it intervention and trading tool”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Caribbean remittances recover after two years

The World Bank says remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to increase by 6.9 per cent to US$79 billion this year. In the latest edition of the Bank’s Migration and Development Brief, the Washington-based institution noted that “economic growth and improvement in the labour market in the United States is having a positive impact on the outlook for remittance flows”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. MP leaves meting after comments rejected

A seemingly irritated Leslie Campbell, member of parliament for St Catherine North East, yesterday walked out of a meeting in Gordon House after his submission that the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) was “erroneously” examining the Fiscal Policy Paper was dismissed by committee chairman Wykeham McNeill. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. 150 new district constables to be recruited

National Security Robert Montague has indicated that 150 new district constables are to be recruited as the ministry moves to boost community policing. Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Montague disclosed that the recruitment is to fill vacancies created as a result of 150 district constables participating in training to join the Jamaica Constabulary Force. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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