6 Things You Need To Know Today – April 8, 2014

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  1. Death-Squad Claim Brought Before US Human-Rights Body. A coalition of local lobby groups yesterday revealed that they have reported to the United States-based Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) claims that there are ‘death squads’ within the ranks of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) that are engaging in extrajudicial killings… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Auditor General Gets Funding Boost To Enforce Fiscal Rules. Having been saddled with the additional responsibility of ensuring the Government sticks to the fiscal rules to which it has agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Auditor General’s Department is set to receive a 48.5 per cent increase in its allocation to enable it to carry out its functions… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. ECJ To Submit Election Budget. With Local government polls due by March 2015, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) says it will be submitting an election budget to the Ministry of Finance… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. PriceSmart Ban – US Embargo Forces Suspension Of Cuban Shoppers In Jamaica. PriceSmart Jamaica Limited, a subsidiary of PriceSmart Incorporated, has suspended the accounts of residents and staff of the Cuban Embassy and consular offices in Jamaica… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Lionfish Still A Huge Threat To Ja. Even with significant inroads into public education and population control, the Montego Bay Marine Park Trust is warning that Jamaica must remain vigilant in finding creative ways to reduce the influx of lionfish in its waters… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. More Money For Trelawny Stadium. The Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium appears set to receive a $49.1 million grant from the national budget, $24.7m of which is to go towards offsetting the operating expenses of the stadium… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com