6 Things You Need To Know Today – December 20, 2012

  1. No Room For Error – Government Cautioned Ahead Of Scrap-Metal Trade Reopening.  Following on the announcement by Industry Minister, Anthony Hylton, that he intends to reopen the scrap metal trade, the JMA is warning the Minister to take heed of the advice he was provided with in consultations.  The new guidelines for the trade are outlined in the article.  [Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  2. SLB Secures J$1.9B Loan.  The cash-strapped Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) has negotiated a US$20-million loan (J$1.9b) with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to fund tertiary-level studies for some 5,000 students who faced deregistration in October. [Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  3. After 38 Years As ‘Captain’, Hylton To Set Sail From Port Authority.  Eighty-one-year-old Noel Hylton, the man who has served as chairman and chief executive officer of the Port Authority of Jamaica since 1975, is to step aside in 2013. Read more about the plans for his replacement. [Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  4. The Next 50 Years – Push For Cheaper, More Efficient Sources Of Energy.  Recommendations for renewables and a restructuring of the electricity sector.  [Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]  To read the entire series so far, visit The Next 50 Years – The Gleaner Series.
  5. HIV Training Manual Launched.  After the launch of ‘The Role of Gender Equality/Relations in Handling and Reversing HIV in Jamaica’, a reference and training manual for understanding the link between gender and the disease, stakeholders share their views of what they hope will come out of it…[Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  6. Check House Wiring Before Putting Up Christmas Lights.  Homeowners are being advised to get a licensed electrician to check their house wiring before putting up decorative lights in order to prevent fires. [Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com]