6 Things You Need To Know Today- December 19, 2012

  1. Cabinet Considers Expanding CDA Role. Cabinet is now examining changes to the legal jurisdiction of the Child Development Agency (CDA), which could give the agency authority over children in correctional facilities and police lockups. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  2. Stop It! SSP Lewis Vows To End The Practice Of Persons Charging Motorists To 'Secure' Their Vehicle. The practice of persons soliciting payment from motorists to 'secure' their vehicle while they are parked in public spaces in some of the busiest commercial centres across the Corporate Area has now drawn the attention of the police. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  3. Abandoned & Forgotten – Victims Lament Lack Of Assistance Four Years After Deadly Portland Truck Crash. Abandoned and forgotten were the words used by Novelette Fuller, one of the survivors of the horrific truck accident which claimed the lives of 14 persons in the Rio Grande valley of Portland exactly four years ago. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  4. Gleaner Goes Online For GSAT! By early January 2013, The Gleaner, via an associated company A-Plus Learning Limited, will launch an online, learning tool, whose core is a series of animated lessons, for students preparing to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). The site, gsattutor.com, was previewed on Monday to primary school teachers as well as Education Minister Rev Ronnie Thwaites and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness at The Gleaner's headquarters on North Street, Kingston. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  5. CPL Could End Retainer Contract Dispute. The contentious issue of retainer contracts for regional first-class cricketers is set to be addressed with the staging of the new Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 next year. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  6. Health Trends – The Harmful Use Of Alcohol. The harmful use of alcohol results in 2.5 million deaths each year. The World Health Organization (WHO) has a global strategy and status report to assist member states in their efforts to reduce the harmful use of alcohol. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]