KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Citizens’ Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI) is urging Jamaicans to wear black on Friday, April 25 in protest against government’s recent tax on ...

Wear black

OPPOSITION Spokesman on Finance and Planning Audley Shaw yesterday urged the Government to “cut fat” from the bureaucracy and withdraw its proposed financial transaction tax.  &ldq ...

Cut the Fat

ROSE HALL, St James — President of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Dr Mark Nicely is calling on the Government to immediately withdraw the proposed tax on bank withdrawals. ...

Teachers oppose withdrawal tax

Q: My purse was recently stolen, along with my wallet which had my United States Social Security Card in it. Is it true that I can apply for a new card at the US Embassy? If so, how do I go about ge ...

Social Security help

The much-talked about Portland Bight marked its 15th anniversary as a declared protected area yesterday, observed globally as Earth Day. But this could be its last year with protected status, giv ...

Portland Bight

NEIL Harrison, the head coach of Jamaica's record-breaking team to the 43rd Carifta Games, said he was not surprised by the 88-medal haul during the Championships staged at Stade Municipal Pierre Al ...



KSAC to begin delayed review of applications for Property Tax relief  7:50 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Before the end of April, but after a delay of nearly a year, the Parish Discretionary Committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will begin reviewing 74 applications for property tax payment relief, the Town Clerk Robert Hill has said. The town clerk has apologised for the delay as people have been complaining that they have applied for the property tax relief and have been waiting for months to be informed how much to pay. In April 2013 Kingston Mayo ... Read More

Transport operators threaten withdrawal of service  6:04 PM
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Opposition presents nine-point 'prescription for growth'  5:15 PM
OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, yesterday presented what he described as th ...... Read More

Penn Relays programme-cover celebrates 50 years of Jamaican high schools competing  4:51 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The cover of the programme for the 2014 Penn Relays pays tribute to Jamaican ...... Read More

Forex: J$109.94 to one US dollar  4:46 PM
KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar traded at an average J$109.94 to one US dollar on Wednesday, A ...... Read More


Phillips misled House, Shaw says

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Planning, Audley Shaw, has accused the government of misleading the country in terms of the debt to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) rat ... Read More

New AC system to save Spanish Town Hospital $1.6m annually
THE Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine is expected to save more than $1.6 million per annum in energy cost, with the installation of a state-of-t ...... Read More

Cut the Fat
OPPOSITION Spokesman on Finance and Planning Audley Shaw yesterday urged the Government to “cut fat” from the bureaucracy and withdraw i ...... Read More

Social Security help
Q: My purse was recently stolen, along with my wallet which had my United States Social Security Card in it. Is it true that I can apply for a new c ...... Read More


All set for dorms to be constructed at JFF Centre

PRESIDENT of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Captain Horace Burrell yesterday announced that construction of dormitories at the JFF Training Centre located at the University of the West Indi ... Read More

Dennis Johnson makes history in New York
TEAM Jamaica Bickle (TJB) last Thursday honoured track legend Dr Dennis Johnson at its annual reception and awards, held at St Francis College in do ...... Read More

NEIL Harrison, the head coach of Jamaica's record-breaking team to the 43rd Carifta Games, said he was not surprised by the 88-medal haul during the ...... Read More

Run fast, study hard, says CIBC's Nigel Holness
JAMAICA'S teams to the Penn Relays 2014 have been advised to run fast, win their races, and then focus on their studies when they return home. The ...... Read More


Access case adjourned until next Wednesday

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The case between Access Financial Services CEO, Marcus James, and directors of the loan company has been adjourned until next week Wednesday. Access Financial directors C ... Read More

Barbican Square go-kart track rejected by KSAC
THE Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) has rejected the controversial proposal to build a $10-million go-kart track and amusement park in ...... Read More

'Even more taxes coming'
KPMG Jamaica, the local arm of the global auditing firm, expects more taxes will follow the latest announced measures within this fiscal year. Th ...... Read More

Access continues meteoric rise
Access Financial Services posted a 30 per cent jump in its net profit for the first three months of 2014. The latest results largely reflect the con ...... Read More


Film on Bob’s rise to fame in the works

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A film about the international rise of reggae legend Bob Marley and his Wailers band is reportedly in the works, according to the website, indiewire.com. Titled Buffalo So ... Read More

BBC tunes in to zimboo
DANCEHALL artiste/comedian Prince Zimboo recently 'talked' his way into a gig called the Heh! Report on BBC Radio 1 and BBC1 Extra. Zimboo can be h ...... Read More

Sister Carol releases Live No Evil album
SISTER Carol has been spreading reggae's roots and culture message for over 30 years. She gives her fans more 'consciousness' on Live No Evil, her l ...... Read More

Hernan Sforzini, reggae’s torchbearer in Argentina
This is the final of a 10-part series looking at the impact of dancehall/reggae culture around the world. COME June, when the World Cup kicks off ...... Read More


Development milestones

For the most part, your baby should be able to do certain things at a certain age, and it's important that he/she is meeting development milestones. Some children will be slower, some will be fast ... Read More

Your pregnancy: Listeria
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A lover of plants and nature
From as far back as she can remember, Dr Nickiesha Reid has always felt a sense of peace whenever she was farming or observing plants and wildlife. ...... Read More

Women say: Sex is not romance!
The definition of romance seems to hold a different meaning for women than it does for men. For some women it is a feeling of excitement and myster ...... Read More


In a manner of speaking...

I read Franklin Johnson's recent column, 'The politics of English literacy' very carefully. Let me be brief. He is not advocating that Jamaicans speak English. He wants us to speak a certain vari ... Read More

The Jamaican film industry — still a mirage
There has been a lot of talk lately about 'the Jamaican film industry', but in my view there is no Jamaican film industry. In the eyes of the pub ...... Read More

Crawling out from under the cultural trash
Fresh off the Easter Holidays and the power of the resurrection messages, I hope everyone is ready for "newness of life". There as some things that ...... Read More

Ja's dormant spirit must be awakened this Earth Day
THERE are more than seven billion people living on planet Earth. Our planet is at a critical juncture. As the global population increases so too a ...... Read More


Serious Knox

SPALDING, Clarendon — Dr Gordon Cowans, new principal of the 38-year-old Knox Community College, is in no doubt that national development depends on education and that his institution has a ... Read More

Break the cycle of child abuse
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Mandeville Mayor Brenda Ramsay has called for more care to be taken in guiding and protecting the nation's children w ...... Read More

Need for green space
MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Local health sector leaders want more focus on the development of green space for exercise and wellness to complement ...... Read More

Housing agency launches mobile service in Manchester
MILE GULLY, Manchester — For Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller it was a case of "promise made, promise fulfilled". A year ago in the B ...... Read More


Go after tax dodgers instead

TODAY we return to the issue of that most cruel, unconscionable and unprincipled tax to be ever imposed by a government — the withdrawal fee, or 'ATM tax'. We find it difficult to believe tha ... Read More

ATM tax a wicked act!
QUITE frankly, we didn’t believe a word of Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips’ declaration earlier this year that his Government would n ...... Read More

Great value in green spaces
HEALTH Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson often reminds Jamaicans of the challenge posed by non-communicable diseases. Indeed, he tells us that ailments ...... Read More

Income inequality breeds resentment
Inequality of income and wealth is not good for societies because the disparity in standard of living and opportunities breeds resentment and anti ...... Read More


Toyota sets 10 million-vehicle sales record

TOKYO (AFP) — Japan’s Toyota, the world’s biggest auto maker, sold more than 10 million vehicles in the year to March for the first time, it said Wednesday, with last-minute buyin ... Read More

Tesla delivers first China cars, plans expansion
BEIJING, China TESLA Motors delivered its first eight electric sedans to customers in China yesterday and CEO Elon Musk said the company will buil ...... Read More

All roads lead to Dover
IT will be a test for both the 2013 circuit racing champion Andre Anderson, and Charles Chen, Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) chairman, at today' ...... Read More

Gov’t settles on 10-year age limit for GCT on used cars
THE Government has decided to increase the age limit of second-hand sale vehicles to which General Consumption Tax (GCT) applies, from eight to 10 y ...... Read More


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