6 Things You Need To Know Today – August 20, 2014

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  1. Flush Fears – Students May Have To Take Water To Keep School Toilets Clear. Although arrangements have been made to truck water to schools given the current water crisis, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has said that parents may also be called upon to provide their children with sufficient water for drinking and for sanitary purposes when schools reopen in September… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Investors Pitch $Multimillion Call Centre For Naggo Head. A proposal for a US$15-million investment in the information and communication technology/business processing outsourcing (ICT/BPO) sector has been placed on the table by overseas investors seeking to construct 120,000 square feet of office space in Naggo Head in St Catherine… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Degrees Worthless – Graduates’ Patience Wears Thin As UCJ Refuses To Accredit Hydel Programmes. The anticipated joy of 69 early childhood teachers who graduated from the Hydel University College (HUC) last December has turned into frustration as the credentials earned at the institution have not been recognised by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) because the school is not registered, nor is the programme accredited… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. JUTC Defends Fare Hike Request. Chairman of the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Dr Garnett Roper is defending the company’s application for an increase in fares as very necessary in light of rising operational costs to maintain the improved service delivery… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Byles Cautious, But Sees … Signs Of Green Shoots. Co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC) Richard Byles said there were signs of green shoots under Jamaica’s economic reform programme agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Ottis Gibson Out As West Indies Coach. Ottis Gibson is out as coach of the West Indies Cricket team. Gibson – whose contract, which would have seen him remain in charge of the team until 2016, was renewed last year – resigned the position after discussions with members of the West Indies Cricket Board executive… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com