6 Things You Need To Know Today – July 3, 2014


  1. External Pressure – Int’l Partners Keep Close Watch On ‘Death Squad’ Probe; US Assistance To JCF Under Review. Hit hard by the severity of pressures being applied by significant international partners, the Portia Simpson Miller administration might have been forced to ensure that Police Commissioner Owen Ellington be immediately stripped of his position, following a series of alleged mishaps in the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), according to Gleaner sources… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Water Crisis Forces Prohibition Order. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill said in the House of Representatives yesterday that the below-average rainfall being experienced and the impact it has had on water-distribution systems “is an islandwide challenge bordering on a crisis”… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Do More To Combat Violence Against Children – UN Rep. Jamaica is being lauded for the steps being taken to protect the nation’s children from all forms of violence. However, the country is being told it has a long way to go to eliminate the culture of abuse that has become somewhat entrenched… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. UWI Academic Sells Agri-preneurship. Head of the Marketing International Business Unit at the Mona School of Business & Management, Dr Derrick Deslandes, is pointing to US$1 billion ($112 billion) in untapped entrepreneurial opportunities within agriculture, among them demand for a minimum two million tonnes of sugar cane as raw material… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Lagarde Comment Could Spur Honest Dollar Debate – Phillips. Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips said the contribution from head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Christine Lagarde to the discussion on the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar could lead to an “honest debate” on the issue locally, even as he conceded that the policy would continue to be fertile ground for political and other attacks… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Blake Back In Lausanne’s Fast Lane. Two years ago, Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake became the second-fastest man over the 100 metres, running 9.69 seconds in Lausanne… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com