6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 20, 2016

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  1. Budget Swells By $166.8 Billion. The buy-back of Jamaica’s PetroCaribe debt is chiefly responsible for a $166.8 billion increase that has been proposed for the national Budget… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  2. Minimum Wage Goes Up. A testy stand-off between government and opposition members in the House of Representatives yesterday nearly overshadowed a long-awaited increase in the national minimum wage… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  3. Treasure Hunt – With Passing Of Bills, Jamaica Goes After US$7-Trillion International Financial Services Market. Two bills that are deemed to be of importance in making Jamaica an  International Financial Services Centre were yesterday passed in the House of Representatives… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  4. ZikV Prevention Is Everybody’s Business – Dalley. Health Minister Horace Dalley is calling on every Jamaican to get directly involved in the national drive to reduce the number of mosquito breeding sites across the island in order to reduce the spread of the Zika virus for which the Aedes aegypti mosquito is the vector… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  5. Ex-Mayor Haughton’s Nepotism Case In Limbo – MOCA Unaware Of Any Investigations Taking Place. Almost two months after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) reversed an earlier decision not to press charges against the former Lucea mayor Councillor Shernett Haughton, who is accused of unlawfully awarding J$3.7 million in parish council contracts to relatives and friends, the trail in the matter seemingly has gone cold… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  6. Usain Bolt – Sprinter Plans To Stay In Athletics After Retirement. This year’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will certainly be the last for sprinting iconUsain Bolt, but the Jamaican speedster says he plans to stay in the sport as an ambassador and help to push it forward when he does decide to hang up his spikes… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com