6 Things You Need To Know Today- May 19, 2016


  1. Principals Confused About Auxiliary Fee Policy. The May 6 meeting, held at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC) between Minister of Education Ruel Reid and high school principals to iron out the issues regarding the planned removal of auxiliary fees, has not secured the buy-in of principals as was previously reported…Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. ‘NO EASY TASK’ – Holness Eyes Debt-For-Policy Swaps, Urges Innovative Thinking To Spur Economic Growth. A crippling debt burden militating against the efforts of Caribbean countries to attain economic growth has pushed Prime Minister Andrew Holness to propose the implementation of debt-for-policy swap initiatives in the region…Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. ZIKV Well Taken Care Of In Brazil – Fennell. While political and health authorities, as well as sporting interests, continue to express fear about travelling to Brazil for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro because of the possibility of contracting the mosquito-borne Zika virus, president of the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) Mike Fennell said he is much more concerned about transmission of the disease in Jamaica…Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Opposition Wants Gov’t’s Assurances On Debt-Reduction Strategy. Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips yesterday called for Finance Minister Audley Shaw to come clean on Jamaica’s debt-reduction programme under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement…Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. No More Funds For Long Pond – Stanberry Says $200m Earmarked For Transportation Must Do. Donovan Stanberry, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, says the Government does not intend to spend more than the $200 million it had allocated to transport cane from the Long Pond sugar factory, in Trelawny, to factories in St Elizabeth and St Catherine, to operate the Trelawny factory…Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Danish Think Tank Lauds Jamaican Early Childhood Initiative. The Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC), a think tank based in the capital city of Denmark, has singled out an early-childhood initiative which sought to address the issue of chronic malnutrition or stunting of children in Jamaica during the mid-1980s, as a best practice for education policy and reform…Read more on Jamaica-Gleaner.com