6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 27, 2013


  1. Paid Like Portia.  The five-year-old government entity set up to manage the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre, Port Authority Management Service (PAMS), is continuing to record losses of millions of dollars, but this has not prevented it from paying its general manager at a level similar to that of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller.  Despite losing $2 million each month, PAMS paid out $47.43 million in salaries and related expenses for the 2011-2012 financial year…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Ministries Spend Millions On Xmas Parties.  At a time when Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has told the country that “it makes no sense to raid an empty cupboard”, the State still found millions to party away at Christmas.  The Sunday Gleaner‘s access to information requests on Christmas party expenditure for all ministries have so far pulled in only three responses.  The ministries of finance and planning; transport, works and housing; and foreign affairs and foreign trade indicated that they kept parties and spent the bulk of the money on the venue, meals and drinks.  The Ministry of Finance and Planning spent a total of $1.275 million on its shindig…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. The Ghost Of The IMF – Manley’s PNP Pressure.  Reports are persisting that the Portia Simpson Miller-led Cabinet is split over the prior actions required by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) despite repeated claims by the administration that it is united on the way forward…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Bloody ENGLISH!  Poor communication and language use skills in oral and written presentations among Jamaican tertiary students has forced the introduction of a new competency module for students entering at least one institution in the next academic year.  The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, said it has been forced to re-evaluate its language-based foundation courses as “students display abominable use of English in the simplest form” leaving many failing even after several sittings…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Easy For Shelly, Carter.  Two-time Olympic 100- metre champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce displayed good early-season form to win the women’s sprint event at the Queen’s/Grace Jackson Invitational meet at the National Stadium yesterday…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (image of Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce above)
  6. Stars Light Up Jazz & Blues.  As 2013 Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival moved towards its final crescendo at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium on Friday night, the likes of Michael Bolton, Mary J. Blige and Etana made sure that patrons received more than their money’s worth at the music event…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com