6 Things You Need To Know Today – December 30, 2012

1. Phillips: No Reason For Panic. Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has finally admitted the least well-kept secret in the country: Jamaica will not sign an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this year… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

2. Shhhhh! Listen To The Numbers! Under pressure for his seeming silence in the wake of several high-profile crimes in recent months, National Security Minister Peter Bunting has argued that the country’s crime numbers are moving in the right direction even if Jamaicans are not hearing from him… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

3. Seeing ‘Red’ – NWC Unable To Collect Nearly $4B From 102 Communities. The National Water Commission’s (NWC) mantra is ‘We would rather collect than disconnect’, but in more than 100 communities across the island, the state entity appears neither able to collect nor disconnect for the more than $3.5 billion it is owed… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

4. Ambitious Plans For Sugar Sector. Pan Caribbean Sugar Company (PCSC) is planning to invest US$100 million in the construction of a new fully automated factory at Monymusk in Clarendon… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

5. Clarks Distributor Launches J’can Campaign Against Copycats. Grupo David Enterprises, distributor of the popular Clarks shoes, says Jamaica represents five per cent of regional sales but that counterfeits are literally hurting soles and sales…. read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

6. 10 Most Read in 2012. Millions of readers turned to The Gleaner’s online offerings for news this year with the number of hits for each story growing sharply over 2011… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

Here are the links to the top 10 most read stories, in case you’d like to read them again:

1. This Is Madness

2. Busy Signal Goes To Jail 

3. ‘Presidential’ Palace

4. Jamaican Entertainer Captain Barkey Shot Dead In New York

5. Bolt Not Above The Law – Hinds

6. ‘Livity’ Coke Beaten In Prison

7. Yendi Phillipps is… Pregnant

8. Don’t Be Like Jamaicans – Mugabe

9. Parents, Grandma Killed Trying To Save Son

10. Millions To ‘Zeeks’