6 Things You Need To Know Today – June 15, 2016


  1. ‘How We Teach Is Wrong’ – Poor Approach To Math, Science Showing Up In GSAT Results – Morrison. While this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results have shown improvements in all areas but communication task, a closer look at the trend of mean scores from 2014 to 2016 shows performances in mathematics and science have not reflected the rate of improvement seen in the more literary subjects…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Flag Fuss – Local Christian Groups Support Malahoo Forte Despite Pressure Over ‘Insensitive’ Tweet. The parliamentary Opposition last night said the Andrew Holness administration might have to apologise to the United States Embassy here over comments by Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte, who had accused the mission of disrespecting Jamaican laws by flying a gay-rights flag in solidarity with victims of the Orlando, Florida, shooting at a nightclub on the weekend.Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Calm Restored To Old Harbour After Four Men Killed. The police yesterday said “relative calm” had been restored to Old Harbour Bay in St Catherine after four men were fatally shot by members of the security forces and a police vehicle set ablaze by angry residents yesterday afternoon…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. District Constables Being Trained For Resort Towns. Seemingly unnerved by the killing of a Canadian tourist last weekend, the Government is rushing to introduce new security arrangements in tourist resort areas. Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett yesterday announced that 87 district constables are being trained for deployment to resort towns…Read more Jamaica-Gleaner.com 
  5. UWI To Divorce NWC – Independent Water Wells To Be Commissioned In July. The University of the West Indies (UWI) expects to cut the water bill for its Mona campus in half starting July as the wells it has spent the last few months drilling come on stream. With a 500,000-gallon-per-day water consumption rate, the Mona campus has for some time, been exploring options to rid itself of the hefty bills it gets from the local commodity provider, the National Water Commission (NWC), principal and pro vice-chancellor of UWI Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald, told Wednesday Business…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Law Amended To Give Effect To New Income Tax Threshold. Legislation has been amended to give legal force to the increase in the income tax threshold effective July 1, 2016. Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) said Monday that the change will positively impact employed and self-employed individuals as well as pensioners…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com