5 Things You Need To Know Today – December 3, 2012

  1. New Financial Secretary Starts Today.  Devon Rowe, the new Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance takes office today. He replaces Dr. Wesley Hughes.  Mr. Rowe says Dr. Hughes’ exit will not affect the country’s bid to ink an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). [Read more here at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  2. New JLP Chairman.  The Gleaner Power 106 News understands that Robert Montague has been elected chairman of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).  Montague, who has been acting in the post since Mike Henry withdrew from the position a year ago, was elected on Sunday at the party’s Belmont Road, St Andrew headquarters by delegates over Members of Parliament Derrick Smith, Delroy Chuck and Edmund Bartlett.  [Read more here at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  3. Major Fire In Union Square, Cross Roads. A major Fire raged at Union Square in Cross Roads, Kingston early Monday morning. It is understood that several properties were at risk, in the highly built-up area, as firefighters worked hard to contain the blaze. [Read more here at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  4. TEF Announces $30M Plan For MoBay Civic Centre. The Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) is to pump $30 million into the repositioning of the historic Montego Bay Civic Centre. TEF’s executive director, Clyde Harrison says the resources behind a major project to revitalise the city centre, Sam Sharpe Square and the Montego Bay Civic Centre. [Read more here at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  5. Jamaican Poet Louis Simpson Is Dead. Louis Simpson, a great Jamaican poet, has died at age 89. Primarily a narrative poet, he is included in nearly every anthology of modern poetry, the entries usually commenting on his Jamaican heritage. Read more here at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]