6 Things You Need To Know Today – February 16, 2013


  1. IMF’s Eyes On Public Sector.  Although the International Monetary Fund (IMF) team in Jamaica has given its support to measures outlined by Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips, it appears that one major hurdle stands in the way of the finalisation of an extended fund facility that would make US$750 million available to Jamaica over the next four years…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com (Image Above: Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips (left) looks on as Jan Kees Martijn, International Monetary Fund mission chief to Jamaica, addresses the media at a press conference held at the office of the Ministry of Finance, Heroes Circle, Kingston, yesterday.)
  2. Support Growing For New Debt Exchange, Says Phillips.  Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips disclosed yesterday that tangible support has begun to trickle in for the National Debt Exchange…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Fare Increases Coming.  The Transport Ministry yesterday revealed that it is now close to asking Cabinet to consider a proposed fare increase for the state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC).  However, Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies has again declined to divulge the level of increase being sought, saying it would be inappropriate to do so…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Hospitals Get Needed Health-Care Supplies.  Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica handed over well-needed health-care supplies to the Ministry of Health at a special presentation ceremony at the Ellerslie Pen, Spanish Town, office of the charity on Tuesday. On hand to receive the donations was Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. DBJ To Explore Private-Public Collaboration On Maintaining Prisons.  The Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) has been tasked with engaging interested parties for the building of a modern prison in a public-private partnership…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Taxi Operator Discovers Historical Photographs. A rich chunk of Montego Bay’s history is now in the possession of a taxi operator who found a crocus bag laden with old photographs in an abandoned building two years ago and decided to keep them in the hope that they might turn out to be valuable…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com