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PM stands firm on NHT drawdown

Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday stood firm in his defence yesterday as he responded to several questions from journalists about his Administration’s decision to continue to draw-down $11.4 billion from the National Housing Trust (NHT) for budgetary support, despite having been strongly ... Read More

ROBINSON... the recommendation now is for property owners to have their properties revaluated (Observer file photo) JHTA hopes ‘good sense will prevail’ in TEF matter
The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is maintaining its stance on the Tourism Enhancemen ... Read More

HOLNESS... much of Jamaica’s debt arose as a result of several public bodies that found themselves in difficult times (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Holness says public bodies will have to justify expenditure
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that under changes proposed to the operations of public bodies, t ... Read More

Customers stand outside the former SLB location SLB says adequate funding in place to meet demands
THE Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) has said that it will be able to adequately fund 2017/18 tuiti ... Read More

Government gets backing from PSOJ on tax package

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Audley Shaw

THE Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says that it has assessed the recent tax package presented by Government and is commending the move towards indirect taxation from direct taxation. Taxes amounting to $13.5 billion were included in a package tabled in the House of Representatives on March 9 by Finance Minister Audley Shaw. The tax package includes revenues from: increase in Specific Special Consumption Tax (SCT) on fuels totalling $7.4 billion; General Consumption Tax (GCT) at ... Read More

No change

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

SHAW… to outline new revenue measures when closing debate

THE Government yesterday faced a noisy uproar and walkout by Opposition MPs but unanimously approved its 2017/18 budget in the House of Representatives with no change in the tax package. After turning back a challenge from the Opposition to roll back the $13.5-billion tax package, and the walkout which came right at the end of Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw’s closing presentation, the 30 Government MPs present all voted with the minister, who had insisted from the ... Read More

Price to head FLOW Jamaica; says building on agreed 2017 strategy a major focus

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

PRICE... plans to build on Flow’s agreed 2017 strategy.

Stephen Price, whose appointment as managing director of Flow Jamaica was announced by the company yesterday, said his immediate focus will be to build on the company’s current agreed 2017 strategy. “We have some significant focus on mobile growth,” Price told the Jamaica Observer yesterday evening. “We have significant growth expected in IPTV... really landing those key projects to ensure that we bring faster speeds across the island in terms of faster broadband and mob ... Read More

Student sentenced, fined $36,000 after rare ganja find

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Arrested

A male student who tried to smuggle three pounds of ganja to Barbados concealed in his waist and in his anus was sentenced to two months in prison and fined $36,000. Kareem Webber, who had previously pleaded guilty to breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act, was sentenced by Senior Parish Judge Andrea Pettigrew-Collins when he appeared for sentencing in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday. He was held at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on February 3 and found w ... Read More

Don’t have children you cannot afford, DPP urges women

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn (second right) makes a point to Professor Emerita of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Barbara Bailey (second left), at a breakfast forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on March 17. Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant (left) and Chief Justice Zaila McCalla also shared in the discussion. (Photo: JIS)

Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP) Paula Llewellyn is urging women to desist from having children that they cannot afford to provide for financially. “If you know you cannot afford it, you cannot sit down in the 21st century and have five, six and seven children and you do not work,” she said. She noted that these women often get into relationships as a means of financial security, which makes them and their children vulnerable to abuse. “When you have women who have chi ... Read More

Holness to address Grenada’s ruling party convention

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be the featured speaker at the annual convention of the ruling New National Party (NNP) on Sunday. NNP public Relations Officer Simon Stielle said that the convention will be held under the theme “NNP building our country and uniting our people”, and that Holness, the leader of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), will address party supporters during a closed-door morning session. “ ... Read More

Crash hotspots to get special attention

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Police visit the scene of a crash (File Photo)

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says instructions have been given to the National Works Agency (NWA) to implement safety measures to reduce accidents in crash hotspots. “We have given a policy nod to the use of electronic monitoring, electronic surveillance and ticketing systems, and the NWA is now testing various systems to see which is the best to be deployed,” he said. Delivering his Budget Debate presentation in the House of Representatives on March 21, the prime minister said ... Read More

Jamaica to host energy efficiency building code project launch

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Town planning and the maintenance of established building codes will minimise damage to infrastructure when natural disasters occur.

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — A regional project team (RPT), established to develop a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), will be launched in Jamaica, next week. The launch will be held March 30-31 and the RPT is tasked with developing the REEBC, as well as its associated application documents and minimum energy performance standards for buildings. Nine Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries — Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, S ... Read More

Father hauled before court for whipping, wounding son

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

A father, who used an electrical wire to beat his son, was on Tuesday hauled before the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court. The court heard that on January 23, the accused man used a piece of wire to beat his 12-year-old son causing wounds to his back. The father, who pleaded guilty with explanation, told the court that he used the wire casing to hit his son. Parish Judge Andrea Pettigrew Collins told the father that his actions were not sensible. “I was trying to reprimand him becaus ... Read More

Parade Gardens residents benefit from free legal service

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Residents of Parade Gardens in Central Kingston make their way into the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit which stopped in the community on Monday to offer free legal advice. (Photo: JIS)

Residents of the Parade Gardens community in Central Kingston are the latest to benefit from the services of the Legal Aid Council’s Mobile Justice Unit. The unit was in the community on Monday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm to provide free legal advice to residents. Attorney-at-law Sue-Ann Lowe, who is a legal consultant for the unit, told JIS News that residents were grateful for the services provided. “Persons are extremely happy… and what we keep hearing is that we are to c ... Read More



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