6 Things You Need To Know Today – September 4, 2015

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  1. Election Funds Scarce For Rookie MPs, Caretakers. Aspirants on both sides of the political divide say they are facing stiff challenges in accessing millions of dollars required to run an effective election campaign, and are forced to become creative to keep their hopes alive… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  2. Jamaica To Push Venezuela For Petrojam Upgrade. Jamaica will be seeking to push Venezuela to begin the upgrade of the Petrojam refinery in order for it be ready when the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) cuts its demand for heavy fuel oil in 2017, and turn to gas to run its new power plants… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  3. Grade Four Literacy Targets Exceeded, Boys’ Performance Improves. There is a strong indication of the improvement of the education level of the country’s children, as yesterday it was announced that Jamaica exceeded its target of 85 per cent of students mastering the Grade Four Literacy Test… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  4. Thwaites Fears Drought May Close Some Institutions – 200 Water Tanks To Be Disbursed. Although the Ministry of Education is taking all the necessary steps to try to minimise the impact of the ongoing drought on the schools, as the new academic year begins, there is fear that if the drought continues some schools may be forced to close… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  5. Jamaicans Mistaking Mental Illness For Demon Possession. A claim of demon possession posited by family members of the 17-year-old boy who stabbed a policeman is being debunked by prominent Jamaican psychiatrist and professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of the West Indies, Dr Frederick Hickling… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  6. WCup Campaign Kicks Off – Boyz Meet Lowly Nicaragua At National Stadium. Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will begin their quest for a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals in Russia, with a first-leg football match against Nicaragua at the National Stadium tonight, beginning at 8 p.m… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com