6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 22, 2013


  1. Obama Hope – Jamaican Diaspora Holds High Expectations For Immigration Reform.  The next four years are being touted as the “grand legacy phase” for United States (US) President Barack Obama and some influential Jamaicans in the diaspora are suggesting that the signposts already erected by the country’s 44th commander-in-chief augur well for their countrymen living in America…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Region Depends On Obama’s Economy Fix.  Head of the Economics Division at the University of Technology (UTech), Sharon Nelson, says United States President Barack Obama’s feverish push for positive economic growth in his second term in office could provide a glimmer of hope for Caribbean economies…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. 2025 More Realistic Target For Education – CaPRI Researcher.  Under current trends, it would take Jamaica until 2025 before 60 per cent of school leavers are able to attain five or more passes in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), according to research conducted by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI)…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (See photo above – caption: Dawn Sewell-Lawson, lead researcher of the 2012 Jamaica Education Report Card, speaks with Dr Damien King (centre) and Dr Christopher Tufton, co-executive directors of the Caribbean Policy Research Institute, during the launch of the institute’s 2012 Report Card on Education in Jamaica at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday. – Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer)
  4. Schools Still Struggle With Management, Accountability.  Recent research conducted by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) has revealed that a number of schools across the country continue to grapple with management and accountability issues.  The research project, titled ‘Prisms of Possibility: A Report Card on Education in Jamaica’, and presented at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston yesterday, found that to a great extent decisions including staffing are still made at the ministry level, depriving school leaders of the autonomy and authority needed to effect desired changes…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5.  Women Make Their Mark At Salute.  With an overwhelming majority of male performers at the 20th staging of Rebel Salute in St Ann, the female entertainers registered strong performances that confirmed their ability to thrill at major music festivals…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Voxpop.  With US President Barack Obama’s second inauguration, many people, including some Jamaicans, will be expecting big things from him. So we asked: If there is one thing you would want the US to do for the benefit of Jamaica in Obama’s second term, what would it be? For the answers, read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com