6 Things You Need To Know Today – February 11, 2013


  1. Critical Hour – Ahead Of Broadcast, Hill Says Liability Management Crucial For Nation’s Economy.  With Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and her finance minister, Dr Peter Phillips, set to outline Jamaica’s economic programme and reform measures in a national broadcast tonight, management consultant Aubyn Hill is arguing that a liability-management programme is critical to achieving significant debt reduction.  Phillips and Simpson Miller are slated to speak to the state of negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and could announce such a management programme…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (Image Above: Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips during the recording of their national address which airs tonight. – JIS photo)
  2. Holness: Gov’t Must Take Pay Cut.  Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says if Jamaicans are again going to be asked to make sacrifices for the good of the country, the Government must demonstrate good faith and participate in that sacrifice.  Holness said this can be done by trimming the size of the Cabinet and slashing the salaries of members of the political executive…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. ‘Don’t Ease Up On Corruption’ – US Military Official Urges Gov’t To Deal Decisively With Scourge.  The man entrusted by the United States (US) to monitor the gamut of its military-related affairs in approximately 31 countries and 15 areas of special sovereignty in the Western Hemisphere is urging the Portia Simpson Miller administration to be unyielding in its efforts to rid Jamaica of corruption…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.comUNDP
  4. ‘Decriminalisation Of Marijuana Is Irresponsible’.  The head of the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), which has responsibility for that nation’s military affairs in South America, Central America and the Caribbean, is disagreeing with voters in his homeland who have opted for the decriminalisation of the use of marijuana in two states.  “I think it’s dumb … it’s irresponsible in my opinion,” declared Marine General John Kelly, commander of USSOUTHCOM, which monitors narco-trafficking throughout the region…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. UNDP Gives Grant To Vector-Control Programme.  The Government has received a significant injection to boost its vector-control programme.  The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) last Wednesday handed over a cash grant for US$40,000 to the Ministry of Health’s vector control/dengue outbreak control and prevention programme…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Valentine Tips from Flair.  Don’t miss the fashion, food and ideas to celebrate Valentine’s Day with this week’s Flair…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com