6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 23, 2014

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  1. Plea Bargain The Way To Go: Commish Labels Crime A ‘National-Security Emergency’, Dissatisfied With Pace Of Reduction. Top Cop Owen Ellington says an effective plea-bargaining law is critical to the reduction of violent crimes, especially murders. Describing Jamaica’s crime problem as “a national-security emergency which requires a national strategic response”, Ellington said…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. JTA Slams Report On Prison-School Link. The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has described as faulty and hypocritical in interpretation, a government study revealing that most persons in penal facilities attended poor-performing schools. In fact, JTA President Dr Mark Nicely said…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. James ‘Jimmy Cliff’ Chambers, Om: For Arts & Culture Continues To Bring Jamaica To The World. Jimmy Cliff helped bring reggae to the world in 1972 when the soundtrack to the film in which he starred, The Harder They Come, hit Europe and The United States with a vengeance.More than 40 years later, Cliff is…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Behind the Quakes – Former Earthquake Unit Boss Says Agency Underutilised. With just about 200 earthquakes occurring in Jamaica annually, the island can ill afford to remain indifferent to the work of the Earthquake Unit. Yet, according to the former unit head and research fellow, Dr Lyndon Brown, this is…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Lack Of Finances Stifling Football. President of the St Elizabeth Football Association (FA), Patrick Malcolm, cited the lack of corporate support as the main reason for his parish’s failure to qualify a team to the national premier league in the last 35 years…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Player With Jamaican Parents Taken In MLS SuperDraft. Attacking midfielder Kadeem Dacres, a player with strong Jamaican connections, was chosen in the final two rounds of the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft Tuesday. Dacres, 22, who was born in the United States (US) to Jamaican parents…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com