6 Things You Need To Know Today – November 5, 2014

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  1. Outameni, One Mess – Questions Mount Over NHT’s Purchase Of Trelawny Attraction. The purchase by the National Housing Trust (NHT) of Outameni Tours and Entertainment Projects, located in Cooper’s Pen, near Falmouth, Trelawny, emerged out of a political decision made in late 2012, after prominent tourist interests on both sides of the divide asked the Portia Simpson Miller administration to salvage the nine-acre property, The Gleaner has learned… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Former UDC Head Blasts Auditor General’s Department. Urban planner and former head of the Urban Development Corporation (UDC), Joy Douglas, has hammered the Auditor General’s Department for failing to carry out critical aspects of its constitutional mandate, charging that the oversight body has made some glaring omissions in a performance audit of the UDC in 2012… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. IMF Wage Target Challenges Government. Horace Dalley, the minister with responsibility for the public service, says the Government may be hard-pressed to meet the nine per cent of GDP wage target that has been agreed to with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Union Wants More Civil-Service Posts. The Public-Sector Transformation Committee (PSTC) is exploring ways to expand the number of posts in three critical ministries, even as one of its members insists this will not have a deleterious impact of the wage bill-reduction target agreed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. MoBay Shop Owners Try To Force Acquisition Of People’s Arcade. The 450 small-business operators at the People’s Arcade in Montego Bay, St James, are now seeking to acquire the three-acre property, which is owned by the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) through forced acquisition, much to the disgust of the company… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Gonsalves Seeking Money To Foot WICB Bill. St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says he has been rallying support to help the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) settle a US$42-million bill with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com