6 Things You Need To Know Today – December 21, 2012

  1. Portland Is Safest. Highly regarded as the safest parish, Portland has the lowest crime rate islandwide and, according to data provided by the police, a mere seven murders have been committed from January to December 17 this year. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  2. Judge Holds Off On Decision In Buju Appeal. United States District judge James Moody has reserved decision in the application by reggae artiste Buju Banton for a mistrial to be declared. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  3. IMF Talks Blot Record. People’s National Party Chairman Robert Pickersgill yesterday admitted that the inability of the Government to, up to now, ink an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the first year of the administration is a blot on the record of the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  4. 30 New Homes For Sandy Victims.  Thirty families that lost their houses during Hurricane Sandy will receive new units over the Christmas season.  The handing over of the new houses began yesterday in Hamilton Mountain, St. Mary where six of the 10 beneficiaries in the community were given keys. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  5. NWC Boasts 56 Per Cent Revenue Increase. The National Water Commission (NWC) is reporting that at the end of November its monthly billing for some areas in Stony Hill, St. Andrew, reflected a 56 per cent increase.  It is attributing the increase in revenue to the improvements in the water supply to six communities in the area. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]
  6. J$6m A Week! Ja-Born Sterling Set To Pen Big-Money Deal. Jamaica-born Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling has reportedly committed his future to the Barclay’s Premier League club, after signing a deal that will keep him at Merseyside until 2017 and will see him earn the equivalent of J$6 million (£40,000) on a weekly basis. [Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com]