6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 14, 2015


  1. ASTEP Fiasco – Failing Programme To Be Reformed, Says Thwaites. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says changes are coming to the Alternative Secondary Transitional Education Programme (ASTEP) even as Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis yesterday reported a high failure rate and absenteeism in the primary level remedial programme… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. New Qualifications For Principals Coming. Educators without special qualifications set out by the Education Ministry will not be considered for the leadership role of principal in schools, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has said… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. JDF To Change Uniform. When next you see a Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldier in operation, he will be in a new-look uniform. The JDF is expected to unveil, today, a new digital combat uniform (DCU) to replace the existing disrupted pattern material (DPM) camouflage uniform that it has worn since 1992… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. A Cry For Attention – Jamaican Youth Say They Feel Neglected By Nation. Pay more attention to us! That’s the cry of the young in Jamaica resonating from a National Youth Values and Attitudes survey conducted in 20014… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. PetroCaribe Granting Millions In Unsecured Loans. In addition to not having a formal risk-management framework, the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PDF) has been breaching its own guidelines, making US$100 million in unsecured loans available to entities, while at the same time charging commitment fees that are lower than the rate approved… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Fourth-Quarter Blowout – Sunshine Girls Light Up NISC With Late Surge To Clinch Series. Jamaica’s Sunshine Girls turned in a brilliant fourth-quarter performance to whip rivals England 57-47 in their deciding game of the three-Test Supreme Ventures Sunshine Series last night at the National Indoor Sports Centre (NISC)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com