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

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  1. Untapped Potential – Jamaica Has Adequate Water But Lacks Proper Systems, Says Expert. Jamaica has adequate resources to consistently meet its water demand; however, the lack of a comprehensive plan and implementation structure have caused the country to be facing serious recurring water problems such as the current drought crisis. So says Basil Fernandez, managing director of the Water Resources Authority… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Eyes On Tax Cheats: Credit Bureaus Closing In On Delinquents’ Information. Tax debtors who fail to honour their obligations to the State could find their credit ratings being significantly affected with the passage of a bill in the House of Representatives that would give the commissioner general of Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) the power to disclose their information to credit bureaus… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Public Debt Racing To J$2 Trillion. The stock of public debt is budgeted to increase to J$2.09 trillion in the current fiscal year, an increase of 7.4 per cent or $144.4 billion when compared with the out-turn for the last fiscal year, according to the fiscal policy paper for 2014-15… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. OUR Seeks Clarification On VoIP Block. The Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) is to examine more closely whether Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) services can be considered as illegal bypass before deciding whether LIME and Digicel can continue to block those services from its networks… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Closing Bellevue Hospital Not An Option, Says Gov’t. Despite debate in medical circles that the country’s main mental health facility, the Bellevue Hospital, is not fulfilling its mandate, the Government and the Opposition are at one that the facility should remain open… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Perfect Start At World Juniors. It was a good opening session yesterday for Jamaica’s athletes at the 15th World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, as all four athletes advanced to the semi-finals… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com