6 Things You Need To Know Today – February 12, 2013


  1. New Debt Exchange – PM, Phillips Plead For Buy-In To Economic Plan.  Cash-strapped, debt-ridden and struggling to stay afloat, Jamaica is to embark on a second debt-exchange programme starting today…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (To read the speech from the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Planning, click here)
  2. IMF Deal To Be Kept In Check.  The Government has announced the establishment of a coordinating and implementing unit in the Ministry of Finance to ensure the targets under the next programme with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are met…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. They Told Us Nothing New – Shaw.  Opposition spokesman on Finance Audley Shaw says the Portia Simpson Miller administration has presented nothing new to the country with the exception of another debt- exchange programme…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Customs Investigating $12-Million Rizla Find.  Commissioner of Customs Major Richard Reese has indicated that investigations are to be carried out to determine whether there were breaches of the Customs Act, following the seizure of approximately $12.2 million worth of Rizla (wrapping paper) yesterday at an apartment complex on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (Image Above:  Approximately $12 million worth of Rizla is seized from a truck at an apartment complex on Constant Spring Road in St Andrew yesterday.)
  5. Dog Paw Convicted On Gun Charges.  Reputed gang leader Christopher ‘Dog Paw’ Linton and Micah Allen, both of Bedward Gardens, Kingston 7, are to be sentenced on March 15 for illegal possession of firearm and shooting with intent…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. ‘Teddy’ McCook Hailed As Athletics Visionary.  President of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Area Council (NACAC), Neville ‘Teddy’ McCook, has been hailed as an administrative stalwart and visionary of the sport of track and field, following his passing yesterday.  McCook, who up to his death was a member of the IAAF Council – a position he has held since 1999, died on the Tony Thwaites Wing at the University Hospital of the West Indies, after a long spell of illness. He was 73 years old…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com