6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 16, 2014


  1. State Squatting – Parish Council Unlawfully Occupying Railway Lands. The St Catherine Parish Council has been accused of squatting for several years on lands in Spanish Town belonging to the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) and resisting attempts to renegotiate a new lease agreement… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Empty Schools – Minister Says 200 Institutions Have Fewer Than 100 Students. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has indicated that more than 200 schools at the primary level are operating way below their capacity… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Cane Fires Burn Industry. Chairman of the All-Island Jamaica Cane Farmers’ Association (AIJCFA), Allan Rickards, has welcomed as long overdue, the announcement by Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke yesterday, that he will be seeking the help of the Jamaica Defence Force to arrest the illicit burning of sugar which is costing farmers and sugar factories millions of dollars in losses each year… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Free Zones Days Numbered. Jamaica will have to clear a few legislative hurdles before the proposed logistics hub can become a reality… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. St Catherine Prepares For Natural Disasters. With severe drought conditions set to affect the country this year, the St Catherine Fire Department is focusing on increasing its public-education campaign, even as limited resources continue to be a problem… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. ‘No Significant Advantage’ – Biochemist Testifies On Day Two Of Powell Hearing. Testifying at Asafa Powell’s Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel hearing yesterday, biochemist Professor Wayne McLaughlin stated that the embattled sprinter gained no significant advantage while competing with banned stimulants at last year’s National Championships… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com