6 Things You Need To Know Today: March 21, 2013


  1. Cabinet Retreats Again!  For the fifth time since forming the Government in January 2012, the Portia Simpson Miller-chaired Cabinet is to go into retreat…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Contingent Talks Delay Ja’s Submissions To IMF.  Contingent talks between the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank are said to be the reason Jamaica has not yet submitted its programme to the board of the IMF for consideration…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Insurance Scam: Lawyers, Doctors, ‘Accident Victims’ Collaborate To Swindle Millions.  Still grappling to contain the scourge of the deadly lottery scam, the Jamaican police say they have uncovered an emerging insurance scam which criminals are using to bilk local companies out of millions of dollars…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. ‘We Don’t Want A Whitewash’ – West Kingston Residents Call For International Probe Into 2010 Police-Military Operation.  Yesterday may have been International Day of Happiness, but for residents of Tivoli Gardens and west Kingston, it was anything but.  Close to 200 of them assembled at Mandela Park before marching to Jamaica House to deliver a petition addressed to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. They are demanding an international enquiry into the May 2010 incursion by security forces. They want those who had command responsibility for the incursion, including former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, to face the International Criminal Court for trial if necessary. They are also seeking compensation for property damage and other abuses…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (Image Above: These residents of west Kingston had nothing to be happy about yesterday, International Day of Happiness. They marched to Jamaica House to deliver a petition to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, demanding an international enquiry into the May 2010 incursion of Tivoli Gardens by the security forces)
  5. All In Place For GSAT.  The Ministry of Education yesterday expressed confidence that all is in place for the Grade Six Achievement Test which starts today.  More than 40,000 students are expected to sit the exams in 1,184 centres across the island. They will be will be tested in the critical areas of the primary-school curriculum – mathematics, social studies, language arts, science, and communication task…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. New Defamation Bill To Be Tabled Soon.  The days of criminal prosecution being waved before a journalist accused of libel or defamation are fast coming to an end…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com