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

1. Roger Calls In Pamela – Millions Moved Through Irrigation Agency Before 2011 General Election. Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke has ordered a probe into the operations of the National Irrigation Commission (NIC) following questionable pre-election spending amounting to millions of dollars. The money was spent on December 23, 2011, days before the general election which saw the Jamaica Labour Party being booted from office… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

2. Grading The Cabinet. Today marks one year to the day since 19 ministers were sworn in to join Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in the Cabinet following the People’s National Party’s victory in the December 2011 general election… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

3. Lose The Smile Bunting – Critics Say 2012 Crime Numbers Scary Despite Decline. Even as Minister of National Security Peter Bunting pats himself on the back for the reduced crime figures in 2012, some stakeholders are not ready to dish out accolades… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

4. NIS Payment Hike Tomorrow – Pension Payouts To Climb Come Thursday. Some Jamaicans will begin paying more for National Insurance Scheme (NIS) contributions tomorrow, just days before an increase in pension benefits takes effect… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

5. Illegal Commuter Fare Increase – Some Bus and Taxi Operates Forcing Commuters To Pay More. Some Corporate Area route taxis and buses have added 50 per cent and more to fares while others have warned commuters that the fare increase will come on Monday… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

6. RateBee Website Offers Comparison Shopping For Interest Rates. Claudja Williams, a former business analyst, has pioneered an online financial website that allows Jamaicans to shop for the best interest rates and bank fees from one central point… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com