6 Things You Need To Know Today – March 17, 2016

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  1. Turn Back The Toll – Motorists Face March 21 Deadline For Submissions On Fees For North-South Link To Highway 2000. Members of the public have until next Monday – March 21 – to put in writing for consideration by the relevant authority their submissions on the proposed toll rates for sections one, two, and three of the north-south link of Highway 2000 – the more than 66-kilometre stretch running from Caymanas and Angels in St Catherine and terminating at Ocho Rios (Mammee Bay), St Ann… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  2. GSAT Last Lap – Students Confident Of Success In Penultimate Phase Of Exam. A total of 39,129 students – 18,875 boys and 20,254 girls – will sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) today and tomorrow in 1,090 centres across the country. When they do, it will mark the beginning of the end of an era of testing in Jamaica… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  3. Higher Learning The Right Way – Oberlin High’s Guidance Unit Helps Students To ‘Kick Butt’, Learn Dangers Of Drug Abuse. Almost a year after the law made the possession of two ounces, or less, of ganja a non-arrestable, but ticketable, offence, and some students went on a ganja-smoking spree immediately thereafter, at least one school is still grappling with students overindulging in ganja and other substances… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  4. Thriving Illicit Trade Affecting Jamaica’s Birds. Jamaica is losing some of its endemic and other wildlife species to a thriving global illicit trade in endangered and protected animals, with development and poor environmental practices also contributing to the decline in these precious natural resources… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  5. Certain Carbs Can Dramatically Increase Lung Cancer Risk – Study. Processed, carbohydrate-rich foods like bagels, white bread, baguettes and even white rice can increase your risk of lung cancer by as much as 49 per cent. This, according to the findings of a study on lung cancer carried out by scientists from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  6. Full Hundred – Gayle Smashes Fastest World T20 Century As WI Ease Past England. Chris Gayle hit the fastest century in World Twenty20 cricket as West Indies thumped England by six wickets in their Group One match yesterday… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com