6 Things You Need To Know Today: February 21, 2013

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  1. Fire Them! – Shaw Calls For Marketing Firm To Be Relieved Of MoBay Convention Centre.  A strident Opposition spokesman on finance, Audley Shaw, yesterday called for the contract of the international firm marketing the Montego Bay Convention Centre to be terminated but one of his parliamentary colleagues promptly accused him of presiding over the signing…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. NDX Closes Today.  The National Debt Exchange offer (NDX), which was launched last Tuesday, closes today.  Jan Kees Martijn, the head of the IMF mission to Jamaica, has said the success of the initiative requires a high participation from creditors in the NDX offer…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Portia Slams Critics Of NHT Drawdown.  Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller again defended her government’s planned $44-billion drawdown from the National Housing Trust (NHT) and yesterday launched a blistering attack on her critics, who she challenged to come up with credible alternatives…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (Image Above: Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller)
  4. 7,000 Public-Sector Posts To Be Abolished.  Some 7,000 public-sector posts are to be eliminated by March 2014, a Ministry of Finance document indicates.  The fiscal policy paper for the financial year 2012-2013 – interim report – which was laid in Parliament last week, indicates that in addition to 3,000 posts, which were abolished in September, the Government is planning to abolish another 3,000…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. GSAT Changes Coming Next Month.  Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has said there will be some changes in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) next month, in an attempt to improve critical thinking among students…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. KSAC To Sign Off On Housing Projects … Despite Mass Resignation Of Committee Members.  The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) is moving swiftly to ensure that proposals for housing projects are approved in a reasonable time.  This after the resignation of more than half of the members who sit on the KSAC’s Town Planning and Building Committee following allegations of corrupt practices by some members…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com