5 Things You Need To Know Today – December 6, 2012

  1. More Than $1bn Being Spent To House Gov’t At Private Premises. It is costing Jamaican taxpayers in excess of $1.1 billion annually to fund the rental of properties by ministries, departments and agencies. However, the sum to rent properties by the State is understated, as four government ministries have failed to submit their rental costs, this year, to the Public Sector Transformation Unit (PSTU). [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  2. Tivoli Report In Two Weeks. After missing a number of deadlines, it appears the long-awaited Tivoli report will be in the hands of lawmakers in the next two weeks. Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart, told The Gleaner yesterday that the report was complete but the document was being printed and collated. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  3. ‘Nuff Gal’ Culture Causing HIV. The ‘gallis’ (promiscuous male) culture is one of the many factors behind the spread of HIV in Clarendon, according to Georgina Daubon, a Southern Region Health Authority (SRHA) contact investigator. She also pointed out that the current HIV rate in the parish is in line with the national average, which is declining steadily. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  4. Negril In Environmental Trouble – Climate Change Minister Blames Encroachment.Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill has said continuous erosion of sand from the beaches in Negril is threatening the economic life of the tourist town and has blamed human encroachment activities as the main contributor to the problem. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  5. Super Samuels! Batsman Hammers Masterful Century As Windies Cut Deficit. Stylish right-hander Marlon Samuels stroked his fifth one-day international (ODI) century as West Indies beat Bangladesh by four wickets yesterday to halt a two-game losing skid and haul themselves back into the five-match series. Samuels, short of runs in the ODI series, returned to his best when it mattered most, carving a superb 126 from 149 balls with 17 fours and two sixes. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]