6 Things You Need To Know Today – February 15, 2013

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  1. ‘Let’s Be Realistic’ – Phillips Pleads With Jamaicans To Understand Nation’s Economic Dilemma.  Amid the hue and cry from sections of the society in response to a $16-billion tax package passed by Parliament this week, Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has urged Jamaicans to be guided by the country’s economic reality as well as the global financial climate…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (Image Above: Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips is flanked by Brian Wynter (left), governor of the Bank of Jamaica, and Financial Secretary Devon Rowe during a media briefing at Jamaica House in St Andrew yesterday.)
  2. JLP Would Act Differently, Says Holness.  Opposition Leader Andrew Holness yesterday claimed that a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) government would have done things differently if he were ushering the country through the current economic storm.  “What the Government presented as tax reform is rubbish,” argued Holness during a press conference at the JLP’s Belmont Road, New Kingston, headquarters…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. ‘IMF Stance Surprising’ – Fund Chided For Supporting ‘Raid’ Of NHT.  Minutes after a team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cancelled a meeting with the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), the parliamentary Opposition described as “surprising” the IMF’s reported endorsement of the Government’s tax package that was unveiled on Tuesday by Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Pensioners Advised To Brace For NDX Fallout.  Financial experts are holding comment on the expected impact of the National Debt Exchange (NDX) on businesses exposed to government bonds ahead of two meetings scheduled for today at the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), but there are already signals that not all bondholders have yet been persuaded to play ball and accept the offer…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. DNA Bombshell In Irwin Point Rape Case.  The prosecution in the highly publicised case emanating from last September’s rape of five females in Irwin Point, St James, suffered a major setback yesterday when the results of DNA tests failed to implicate the two brothers charged in connection with the incident…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Jamaica Tourist Visitors Hit New Record.  Visitor arrivals by air and sea hit a record 3.3 million in 2012, up 7.4 per cent year-on-year, according to newly released tourism data.  Arrivals in 2011 amounted to 3.07 million. Tourist visits also hit the three million mark in 2006…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com [read more at diGJamaica Blog]
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