6 Things You Need To Know Today: April 24, 2013


  1. ‘Bang Belly’ Economy – Shaw Claims Present State Of Affairs Hostile To Growth. Opposition Spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw yesterday charged that Dr Peter Phillips, the finance minister, was managing what he characterised as a “bang belly” economy that would not generate growth… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Audley’s Prescription For Growth. Audley Shaw, opposition spokesman on finance, during his contribution to the 2013-2014 Budget Debate, declared that the nation must use creative means “to push the envelope of economic development so that while we have PAIN, we can quickly turn the corner to experience collective GAIN … .” With this in mind, Shaw outlined his prescription for growth. Here are some of them… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Large European Contingent Set For JAPEX 2013. A large contingent of European tour operators is expected to arrive in the island this weekend for the island’s premier marketing event, the Jamaica Product Exchange (JAPEX)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Foreign Exchange Market Hits Turning Point – JMD Retreats From $100 Mark. The turning point happened on April 2, right after the Easter holiday break. Foreign-exchange traders said nothing unusual happened that day – neither in the brokerage community nor activity at the central bank… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Businesses More Optimistic Than Consumers Ahead Of IMF Agreement. There was a slight uptick in business confidence in the first quarter of calendar year 2013, but consumers remain unenthusiastic about the economic expectations in the year ahead, with the index recording the largest falloff ever… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Teachers Learn To Use Music In Class. Well-known musicologist Sam Wisdom has encouraged a group of teachers from different sections of the island to ensure that their students grasp their lessons through the infusion of music… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com