6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. $3.5b health fix
  2. Student bailout not just economic – Holness
  3. Beet armyworm warning
  4. Hundreds ofposts created for specialist nurses
  5. Commercial property owners still unhappy with taxes
  6. NWC ‘bloated and bankrupt of ideas’ – Hayles

1. $3.5b health fix

Jamaica’s health sector is to undergo a major overhaul in the next two years, with the Government sourcing $3.5 billion from the National Health Fund (NHF) to repair, replace, and upgrade critical infrastructure across the country. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Student bailout not just economic – Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness made an appeal to citizens not to view the Government’s decision to fund tertiary students in arrears solely from an economic perspective, but to see the progressive benefits that would accrue in the long run. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Beet armyworm warning for farmers

The Agriculture Ministry is reporting that data from the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has indicated that there has been a significant increase in the population of the beet armyworm in sections of the island. South St Elizabeth, South Manchester and their environs are the worse affected. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Hundreds of posts created for specialist nurses

The Government is rushing to ease the haemorrhaging of specialist nurses from Jamaica’s public-health sector to the proverbial greener pastures in other jurisdictions by approving 300 additional posts for these skilled personnel. With no security of tenure for many nurses who are employed on a contractual basis in the public-health sector, the number of specialist nurses migrating to the United States and Canada, among other countries, has risen sharply in recent times. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Commercial property owners still unhappy with tax increase

Commercial property owners are still uncomfortable with the levels of increase in the rates used to calculate their tax, but there is no call for a further revision to the new regime, the Realtors’ Association of Jamaica has said. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. NWC ‘bloated and bankrupt of ideas’ – Hayles

“How can you have a bloated bureaucratic agency with approximately 17 vice-presidents and assistant vice-presidents, 2,000 employees, a president, and a board and yet still cannot fulfil its mandate?” questioned Ian Hayles, Member of Parliament for Hanover Western. “It is beginning to resemble a feeding trough more than a critical agency with a mandate to quench the thirst of a nation hungry for development and thirsty for the basic comforts of life. Water is life.” See full story on The Gleaner’s website.