6 Things You Need To Know Today – August 11, 2014


  1. ‘Jamaica Needs Me’ – Recovering Clarke Has No Intentions Of Leaving Politics Now. Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke has committed to a much healthier lifestyle, including ending his “rum-drinking days”, following surgery at a Florida hospital to alleviate back pains caused by a pinched nerve… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Ganja Decision Should Not Be Based On Votes. Dismiss the hype and listen to the science, is the advice from Dr Winston De La Haye to policymakers now considering the ‘freeing up’ of ganja for recreational, medicinal, and religious uses… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Disabilities Bill Needs More Work. Maureen Webber, the parent of a young adult with profound intellectual disabilities, says the Disabilities Bill, which was passed by the House of Representatives last month, falls short of the mark as it fails to take into account some key issues pertaining to the community… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Migration Policy Changes Under Way – Diaspora Leader Says Fewer Jamaicans Will Be Living In The US. Irwine Clare, advisory board member of the Jamaica Diaspora in the United States, said Jamaicans should be prepared for drastic reductions in the number of nationals granted immigrant status due to impending changes to US immigration policy… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Thirty-Three Companies Are To Benefit From US$1 Million In Grant Funding To Boost Their Export Potential. The allocation is part of US$4.02 million in support provided to the region’s private sector by the Caribbean Export Development Agency under its Direct Assistance Grant Scheme funded by the European Union… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Ffriend In Need! National Basketballer Seeks Gov’t Support To Beat Jail Time In Serbia. “If I am not Usain Bolt, I can’t get any help!” This is the cry of frustration from Jamaican basketball player Kimani Ffriend, who for the past two years has been living a nightmare in Serbia… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com