6 Things You Need To Know Today – February 20, 2015


  1. Revenue Jump: Gov’t Eyes Huge Increase In Tax Haul. Recurrent tax revenues are projected to jump by 54 per cent in the next fiscal year, with the Government indicating it will be seeking to collect $402 billion in taxation this year, to fund its $641.6 billion expenditure package, which was tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  2. Tivoli Was Armed For War. Armed with never-before-seen video footage and photographs, retired Police Commissioner Owen Ellington yesterday recounted how thugs carrying high-powered weapons, night-vision goggles and clad in ballistics vests similar to those used by the police took over the west Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens in the days leading up to the 2010 police-military operations… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  3. Big Fire Spend. The Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) is to get a 302 per cent increase in allocation for the acquisition of fire vehicles, even though the $362.9 million proposed in this year’s Budget is far below the $539 million it requested. A total of $90 million was given to the fire services for the purchase of fire vehicles last year… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  4. Health Sector To Get $7 Billion Increase. With the significant impact of the chikun-gunya virus and the Ebola scare that rocked Jamaica last year, coupled with the current threat of a measles outbreak, the Government is proposing to considerably increase funding for health promotion and protection to $410 million, up from the allotted $156 million in the last fiscal year… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  5. PSOJ Calls For Transparency On Prospective Petrojam Sale. Jamaica’s top business lobby is concerned about the effective monitoring of energy were the Government to give up majority control of the Petrojam oil refinery, and is further implying that the company’s pricing structure may be deliberately couched to attract investors… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

  6. Winless WI Look To Revive Cup Campaign. Two teams, considered highly unpredictable and dangerous, West Indies and Pakistan, clash in a potential cliffhanger in the 10th match of the ICC Cricket World Cup here at the Hagley Oval tomorrow (this afternoon Ja time)… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com