6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 21, 2013

  1. Jamaicans CHASE Funds – Entity A Financial Lifeline For Groups, Individuals In Struggling Economy.  The severe economic downturn gripping the country has many Jamaicans in a frenzy, scraping for funds in every crevice and corner of the country, and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund appears to be picking up a large part of the slack.  CHASE Fund chief executive officer W. Billy Heaven told The Gleaner yesterday that in recent times, he had seen a greater demand from individuals and entities turning to the fund for a financial lifeline.  Heaven said this is believed to be a spin-off of the ailing economy…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Chen Gives CXC Thumbs Up For Entrepreneurship.  Wayne Chen, president of the Jamaica Employers’ Federation (JEF), has welcomed the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) plans to introduce subjects related to entrepreneurship as part of efforts to boost the economies of the region…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. ‘This Is Not A Soft Crime!’ – ISCF Head Says Cops’ Indifference To Praedial Larceny Gives Life To The Crime.  Policy apathy is helping to fuel the misguided perception that praedial larceny is a petty crime, says Christopher Murdock, commander of the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF)…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com  (Caption for photo:  When a farmer reports to the police that someone has raided his farm, making off with an entire crop or with livestock, the reaction is usually one of indifference –  File)
  4. Int’l Consultant To Assist In Review Of Cybercrimes Law.  The Joint-Select Committee of Parliament, which will shortly begin the review of the Cybercrimes Act, is to benefit from the work of an overseas consultant…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Ministry Hunts Better CSEC Results.  The Ministry of Education is pushing to ensure improved results from students taking the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations. ..read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Jazzin’ In Style.  Tips for style and comfort for Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com