6 Things You Need To Know Today: April 19, 2013


  1. The Nation Welcomes… No New Taxes. Jamaicans breathed a collective sigh of relief, government members cheered, and the parliamentary Opposition appeared muted as Dr Peter Phillips, the finance minister, confirmed yesterday that he had fashioned a Budget for the 2013-2014 financial year without burdening Jamaicans with a slew of new taxes…. Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Unemployment On The Rise. The average unemployment rate in Jamaica last year increased to 13.7 per cent… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Borrowers To Face Salary Deductions. Delinquent borrowers of the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) who work with the Government could have sums deducted from their salaries to meet their obligations… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Police Killings Shot Up By 15% – INDECOM. The number of Jamaicans allegedly being killed by the police continues to climb, according to findings from the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. IDB Wants Pension Funds Freed Up For Infrastructure Investment. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has suggested that Jamaica and other countries in the hemisphere review their pension fund rules to drive investment in public infrastructure projects… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Pound: Jamaica Paying The Price Of Success. There was an outcry from Jamaica’s junior athletes to last month’s Carifta Games after they complained that they were subjected to continuous drug testing in The Bahamas… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com