6 Things You Need To Know Today – December 18, 2013


  1. The Great-Tess: Jamaican Songbird Wins ‘The Voice’. Congratulations flowed last night as Jamaicans who had gathered across the island celebrated the crowning of Tessanne Chin as The Voice 2013. Chin, who thanked the nation for its support during an interview with The Gleaner’s Power 106 after her victory, walks away with a recording contract and US$100,000… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Minimum Wage Increase Takes Effect Next Month. Effective January 6 next year, the minimum wage will be increased from $5,000 to $5,600 for a 40-hour workweek… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Dr Chang Gives Prescription For Policing Communities. Dr Horace Chang, the member of parliament for North West St James, is calling for a revised approach to community policing and social intervention…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. BOJ Introduces Permanent Liquidity Support For Banks. The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) has put in place a new standing liquidity facility (SLF) for deposit-taking institutions to meet their overnight cash needs… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Drink The Whole Sorrel This Christmas. Things and times have really changed with how we celebrate Christmas. I remember as a child growing up in the hills of St James, sorrel was only available at Christmas time, but now, it’s available all year round, thanks to research that has made us all aware of the goodness of sorrel to our health, improved agricultural practices and increased availability of products made from sorrel… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Chinese Visit GC Foster – Asian Country’s Officials Seek To Gain ‘Full Advantage’ From Gov’t Scholarship Offer. The Chinese government yesterday took the first step towards accepting an offer of 10 scholarships made by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for athletes and coaches from the East Asian country to attend G.C. Foster College… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com