6 Things You Need To Know Today – September 29, 2014


  1. Ferguson: Public Health-Care System Ready For Increase In Chik-V Cases. Amid growing anxiety over the outbreak of the chikungunya virus (Chik-V) in Jamaica, Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson delivered a sobering reminder last night that the number of cases is expected to spike before they start trending down… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Banks Won’t Budge – Lending Institutions Say SIPP Insufficient For Recovery Of Monies. The promise of persons using movable assets such as a refrigerator, jewellery, art, writings, or even crops and livestock as collateral to secure loans is yet to materialise in any meaningful way because of the absence of a framework to allow banks to recover their monies in the event of default… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Is Jamaica On A Coffee Break? Local Farmers Among Lowest Producers In Region, Says CIB. With the price per box of Blue Mountain Coffee averaging $5,000, the coffee-farming sector is missing out on a bonanza in the region of $2.5 billion annually, which would be possible if production reaches the 500,000 boxes targeted by the Coffee Industry Board (CIB) and the Jamaica Agricultural Society… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Gov’t To Use Technology To Track Public Sector Workforce. The date for the contracting of an entity to provide the State with a human capital management enterprise system (HCMES) has been pushed back to November, three months after the initial target of August was agreed on by the Government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. ‘Start Saving From Birth’. With expenses for tertiary education spiralling, causing the Students’ Loans Bureau (SLB) to come under increasing pressure, a prominent banker is suggesting that parents should start saving towards this eventuality from the birth of their children… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Gayle Sets Comeback Timeline. Opener Chris Gayle is expressing confidence that he will be fit and ready in time to be considered for the West Indies’ upcoming Test series against India… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com