6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 8, 2014


  1. Big Relief – No New Taxes, Says Phillips; Reform, Cutting Debt On Main Agenda. Minister of Finance and the Public Service Dr Peter Phillips has asserted that he harbours no intention of imposing new taxes on Jamaicans in 2014… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. JMA Will Support Stimulus If IMF Pact Unaffected – Pengelley. President of the Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association Brian Pengelley is supporting the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) suggestion of a stimulus programme to grow the struggling economy on condition that it does not conflict with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Alma Gang In Pieces – Police. The Area One Police High Command has declared that the much-feared Alma gang, which has been primarily responsible for the spate of recent murders in Westmoreland, has been dismantled and its primary stakeholders taken out of circulation… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. BOJ To Develop Agenda For Inflation Targeting. The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), by the end of January, is expected to develop a timetable for putting in place the operational building blocks for implementing an inflation-targeting regime… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. ‘I Am Not A Cheat.’ A defiant Sherone Simpson maintained that she was not a cheat during her three-and-a-half hour testimony yesterday at the start of the two-day hearing into her doping violation before an independent disciplinary panel at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. ‘Drug-Testing Benefited Jamaica’ – JAAA President Says Increased Doping Effort Has Expanded Country’s Medal Hauls. Despite coming under significant pressure over the past few months, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president, Dr Warren Blake, believes that the country’s increased track and field success in recent years is as a result of greater drug-testing efforts around the world… Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com