6 Things You Need To Know Today – October 1, 2014


  1. Jamaica On High Alert As Ebola Reaches The US. Jamaica is now on high alert following reports that the deadly Ebola virus has reached the Western world. The Ministry of Health is stepping up its response, monitoring travel, and is affirming the country’s surveillance system in quickly identifying, isolating, and managing any suspected cases should they reach the country’s shores… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Lobbyists In High Spirits Over Ganja Reform. Lord Anthony Gifford has hailed the passage of a bill to expunge the criminal records of persons convicted of certain offences, including minor ganja-related offences, as “the beginning of the end for persecution”… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Cabinet Approves Changes To Ganja Law. Accepting that aspects of the Dangerous Drugs Act prohibit Jamaica from enjoying the economic benefits of medical marijuana and industrial hemp, the Government has made a number of changes to the act… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. McIntosh Defends Action In Breach Of Public Sector Law. Unrepentant and seemingly refusing to be shackled by the law, the usually soft-spoken Alvin McIntosh, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, yesterday stridently defended his actions for employing 224 persons in excess of the approved staff complement. Now, McIntosh has a possible surcharge amounting to millions hanging over his head for the breach… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. JCSA President Says Pension Reform Slow Pace Worrisome. O’Neil Grant, president of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), said members are worried about the pace of pension reform and are fearful that the April 2016 deadline will be missed… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Big Win For Calabar. Calabar High thrashed St Catherine High 4-0 at Calabar yesterday to remain in contention for a spot in the next stage of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/LIME Manning Cup… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com