6 Things You Need To Know Today – February 2, 2013


  1. Davies’ Setback – Court Dismisses Minister’s Application.  Justice Lennox Campbell yesterday turned down Transport and Works Minister Dr Omar Davies’ application for leave to go to the Judicial Review Court.  And a livid Attorney General Patrick Atkinson yesterday blasted the court system for failing to inform his office that Justice Campbell was going to hand down his ruling…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Murders Plunge In St James.  Six months after labeling St James, the parish with the highest incidence of crime, Jamaica’s Minister of National Security, Peter Bunting, says there has been a dramatic reduction in murders in the western township.  “There has been a 50 per cent reduction in murders, which is phenomenal,” said the minister while addressing members of The St James Police Civic Committee at The Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay Thursday evening…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Rush On To Meet New US Food Standards.  The Agriculture ministry is fast-tracking efforts to get exporters and farmers up to speed with the stringent Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) standards for fresh and processed foods imported into the United States. This is in preparation for a visit by inspectors from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the first quarter of the year…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Montego Bay’s Rasta Village Takes Shape.  The Rastafarian Indigenous Village (RIV) in Montego Bay, which is being positioned to become an acceptable international project, is to benefit from a major J$23.65 million financial input from the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank through the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF)…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Treasure Beach Sports Park Eyes Big Times With Pavilion Opening.  Having already completed two phases of its development plan, the developers of the Treasure Beach Sports Park in St Elizabeth are now moving swiftly to finish work on Phase Three as its 2,400 square-foot pavilion is slated to be opened on Sunday, February 17, by the visiting House of Lords and Common Cricket Club from England.  Developed by the non-profit organisation BREDS, the Treasure Beach Sports Park is on its way to being the best private-public-owned sports facility in the island. It already boasts a cricket ground, multiple football fields, a tennis centre, and a multi-purpose court for basketball and netball…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Saving Lives – Ventilator Donation Brings Joy To Patients, Hospital.  Two infant ventilators valued at more than J$2 million were officially donated to the facility last November by the  Issa Trust Foundation (ITF) after having been installed at the institution [St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital] for some time…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (image above)