6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 13, 2013

  1. User-Fees To Return? Health Minister To Announce Changes Shortly.  Within weeks, Jamaicans will know whether or not the island will return to the payment of user fees to access all public-health services. The no-user-fee policy, introduced in 2008 by the Bruce Golding-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration, is to be ‘tweaked’ by the Government…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Cops Kill 18 In 12 Days.  Six fatal shootings by the police in the past 24 hours have pushed the number of police killings since the start of this year to 18…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Rolling Blackouts Could Return By 2015.  Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell has admitted that the country could return to a period of frequent power outages if steps to replace the ageing and inefficient Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) generators are not done by 2015…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Western Jamaica Jittery – Business Operators Want Speedy Closure To IMF Talks.  Several stakeholders in western Jamaica have entered 2013 with a gloomy outlook because of the protracted delay in the Government’s bid to secure a new deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the continuing decline in the value of the Jamaican dollar…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. ATL Rolls Out Online Shopping Site.  Appliance Traders Limited (ATL) has invested upwards of US$2 million in new online shopping portal which, if it captivates sought-after markets among Jamaicans in the diaspora, is meant to drive up sales by 30 per cent in a year…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. 2012 – Who’s Hot & Who’s Not!  Review  of 2012 and its leading personalities in our annual Who’s Hot and Who’s Not special feature!..read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

And in This Day In Our Past i1959: Government grants permission to the Smithsonian Institute of Washington, DC, for submarine exploration of a section of the old city of Port Royal which sank under the sea in the earthquake of June 1692.