Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Sunday | January 13, 2013
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User-fees to return? Health minister to announce changes shortly
Within weeks, Jamaicans will know whether or not the island will return to the payment of user fees to access all public-health services. The no-user-fee policy, introduced in 2008 by the Bruce Golding-led Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration, is to be 'tweaked' by the Government.

Cops kill 18 in 12 days
Six fatal shootings by the police in the past 24 hours have pushed the number of police killings since the start of this year to 18.

No time for party - Portia missing PNP executive meetings
Seemingly bogged down by her job of steering the ship of State out of troubled waters, People's National Party (PNP) president Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has missed 15 of 17 meetings of the executive held in the year since her party was voted back into power.

Grading the Cabinet - responses
Last week, our panel graded the Portia Simpson Miller-led Cabinet on the performance of its 20 members in their first year in office. Scores of persons have commented on the grades, while others have added their own grades. Here are edited versions of some of the comments:

US$4-million LNG flirt ends - Government looks to another form of gas as it pushes for cheaper electricity
After a decade of expensive flirting and the expenditure of some US$4 million, the Government has finally ended its attempt at introducing liquefied natural gas (LNG) as the solution to the country's high electricity prices.

Rolling blackouts could return by 2015
Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell has admitted that the country could return to a period of frequent power outages if steps to replace the ageing and inefficient Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) generators are not done by 2015.

Search on for missing black tanks - Farmers yet to receive pre-election goodies
The National Irrigation Commission (NIC) is now searching for the eleven 1,000-gallon black tanks supposedly issued to select beneficiaries under the water harvesting programme days before the 2011 general election.

Danger on the buses - Illegal school-bus operators putting your children at risk
Legitimate school-bus operators in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR) are up in arms over the number of illegal operators being allowed to carry the nation's children.

New sewerage system for some communities
The National Water Commission (NWC) has signed a contract for the rehabilitation of sewerage systems in three communities in South Western St Andrew - Majesty Gardens, Seaview Gardens and Riverton City.

French fail in bloody bid to free hostage
A French commando raid in Somalia to free a captive intelligence agent ended in the deaths of 17 Islamists and a French soldier. France said the hostage also died in the failed rescue, but the man's captors denied he had been killed and claimed yesterday to have seized a second soldier.

Remembering the killer quake
The Haitian government yesterday staged a low-key ceremony for the third anniversary of the earthquake that devastated the country and killed hundreds of thousands of people.

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