6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 2, 2013

1. The Russians Are Here.  Seven years after Jamaica started courting the eastern Europeans, the first Russian carrier Transaero arrived on the island yesterday.The flight, a boost to the winter tourist season, landed… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

2. Fiscal Consolidation Inevitable In The Caribbean, Says IMF. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) working paper says since growth in the current global economic environment is “virtually non-existent”, significant fiscal consolidation is inevitable in the region.The paper, dubbed ‘The Challenges… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com 

3. Welcome, BIANCA. Winsome Halliman (right), chief executive officer of Wynlee Distributors, presents a gift basket to mother Olivia Dennie (centre) as she holds her firstborn, Bianca Graham (born at 12:01 a.m. on New Year’s Day at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital)… view image at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

4. We Have Achieved Much – Robinson. One year and three days after he won his bid at the polls to represent South East St Andrew, first-time Member of Parliament (MP) Julian Robinson has given himself a pat on the back for his achievements in the constituency so far.Robinson, in a letter… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

5. Wisynco To Take Bigger Bite Of Pizza Market. Jamaica’s pizza market is dominated by two rival players who currently operate 18 stores between them, with most of the business concentrated in Kingston.One new frontier, however, has been Portmore in St Catherine… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com

6. Ignite The New Year! Fireworks On The Waterfront Continues To Thrill. Jamaica’s 50th was fittingly celebrated downtown on the waterfront. A dazzling display of fireworks originated from a barge strategically placed on the Kingston Harbour and from the vocals of some of Jamaica’s finest artistes… read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com