6 Things You Need To Know Today – February 12, 2014

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  1. Plane Clash: PM Defends Foreign Trips Amid Firestorm In House. Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday told a contentious sitting of the House of Representatives that her administration spent a total of $117.825 million on travels for Cabinet members between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Consumers Left Naked – Financial Constraints Force CAC To Discontinue Monthly Press Bulletin. The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), the government agency established to educate and empower consumers to protect themselves from excesses in the marketplace, says its capacity to carry out a critical part of its mandate has been severely weakened by a lack of resources….Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. World Bank Grants US$12m To Assist Early-Childhood Development. More than 300,000 children in Jamaica are expected to benefit from expanded and improved early-childhood development programme, as a result of US$12 million in additional funding approved by the World Bank’s board of executive directors.Additional…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. RBC Jamaica Deficits Hit $10b. An unusually large tax bill and a big write-off of bad loans pushed RBC Royal Bank Jamaica deep into the red last year, with a reported net loss of $3 billion, according to its newly released annual financial statements.The bank faced a tax bill of…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Powell Doping Violation Hearing Resumes Today. Former 100m world record holder, Asafa Powell, will return before the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel today as the hearing into his June 2013 doping violation continues at the Jamaica Conference Centre….Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Boyz Busy – Switzerland Among Big Games For Jamaica. Despite having failed in its bid to qualify for this summer’s World Cup, Jamaica’s senior men’s national team is poised for a lot of action prior to football’s biggest showpiece…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com