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Andrew Holness yesterday told the Government that its intention to introduce the new financial transactions tax was a point of departure between the Administration and the Opposition, and advised ...

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OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness has suggested that the Government resolve a number of key issues by allowing the people to decide in a grand referendum next year. Holness suggested to Prime Mi ...

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FIVE people, including an elderly man and two children, were yesterday left homeless when fire gutted two houses in a tenement yard in Cross Roads, Kingston 5. There were no injuries reported. ...

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FIRST Global Financial Services (FGFS) will more than triple Proven Wealth's funds under management when they merge. The $3-billion deal will see Proven Investments Limited's take the securi ...

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar traded at an average J$110.00 to one US dollar on Thursday, April 24, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. On Wedn ...

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Minister of Finance Peter Phillips, while addressing a meeting with a number of trade union leaders Thursday morning, indicated that he will be "conducting a review of the ann ...

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LATEST NEWS

Injury rules Samuels out of Regional 4-Day final  7:32 PM

KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Jamaica will have to do without West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels for the Headley/Weekes Trophy final against Windward Islands starting Saturday in St Lucia. Samuels has failed to recover from the hamstring injury that forced him out of last week’s semi-final against Barbados at Kensington Oval, and will not travel to Castries. He has been replaced in the 13-man squad by opener Jon-Ross Campbell, and is the only change to the squad from the semi-final. ... Read More

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The US government has warned Haiti that it risks losing aid if it d ...... Read More

NEWS

Dr Jephthah Ford on $1-million bail

MEDICAL doctor Jephthah Ford was yesterday offered bail in the sum of $1 million when he appeared in the Half-Way-Tree Resident Magistrate's Court to answer to a charge of attempting to pervert th ... Read More

Cross Roads fire leaves 5 homeless
FIVE people, including an elderly man and two children, were yesterday left homeless when fire gutted two houses in a tenement yard in Cross Roads ...... Read More

‘Withdraw the tax’
Andrew Holness yesterday told the Government that its intention to introduce the new financial transactions tax was a point of departure between t ...... Read More

Kartel juror returns to court May 30
THE juror who allegedly tried to bribe his fellow jurors in the Vybz Kartel murder trial in return for a not-guilty verdict, is scheduled to return ...... Read More

SPORT

PHOTO: Golden jump!

Edwin Allen High's Claudette Allen lands in the sand pit on her way to winning gold in a wind-aided (6.6m/s) leap of 6.21 metres in the High Schools long jump final at the 120th Penn Relays Carnival ... Read More

House of Marley spearheads initiative to raise US$10,000 for Girlz
HOUSE of Marley, maker of high-quality consumer electronics inspired by the life and music of Bob Marley, has initiated a programme to support the ...... Read More

Edwin Allen girls promise to set chilly Philly ablaze
PHILADELPHIA, USA — Michael Dyke, coach of the Edwin Allen High girls track and field team, was in high spirits yesterday leading into today ...... Read More

Back to basics
LEGENDARY West Indian fast-bowler Ambassador Courtney Walsh yesterday outlined that the importance of the Cricket Clinics and Camps is to ensure tha ...... Read More

BUSINESS

Wigton expansion priced at $4.6b

THE 24 megawatt (MW) expansion at Wigton Windfarm Limited will cost some $4.6 billion, according to a just released government documentation. The upgrade will increase energy production over 60 per ... Read More

Proven buys First Global Financial Services
FIRST Global Financial Services (FGFS) will more than triple Proven Wealth's funds under management when they merge. The $3-billion deal wil ...... Read More

Knutsford profit more than doubles in 3Q
LUXURY coach provider Knutsford Express Services disclosed that it more than doubled third quarter net profits in its first quarterly earnings report ...... Read More

Social behaviour - the missing link for Jamaica's development
AS we start the 2014/15 fiscal year with the reports that we have successfully passed all four IMF tests so far, and with a feeling of greater con ...... Read More

ENTERTAINMENT

WHAT A BAM BAM!

COULD the use of the reggae track Bam Bam by Sister Nancy in a Reebok television commercial be heading to the courts? In an interview with Splash from her New Jersey base, Sister Nancy said she ... Read More

Massy is back
FOURTEEN years ago when Michael DaCosta began his career as singer Massy, jumping on the hottest dancehall beats was his focus. But rubbing shoulde ...... Read More

Bugle gets Anointed
SINGJAY Bugle releases Anointed, his debut album, on May 6 through Zojak Worldwide. The 16-track set has songs produced by Anju Blacks, ZJ Chrome, ...... Read More

Dis Poem Festival on this Sunday
THE fourth Dis Poem Wordz and Agro-festival takes place Sunday at Hope Bay Beach in Portland. The day-long family event is a combination of spoken ...... Read More

ALL WOMAN

Dreaming the improbable

NATIONAL Reggae Girlz goalkeeper Olivia Reid says her biggest footballing dream is to win the 2015 Women's World Cup for her country. Her lofty ambition in the scheme of things may more promptl ... 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 milestone ...... Read More

Your pregnancy: Listeria
Listeria infection is a foodborne bacterial illness that can be very serious for pregnant women and people with impaired immune systems. Listeria in ...... Read More

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

COLUMNS

Tax axe falls again

HERE we go one more time. The people are not happy. They are running up and down to express disaffection with taxes and hard times. It's not so long ago that the minister of finance was optimis ... Read More

Mr Jesus and the Easter bun
ON my hill the 'Good Book' ranks with Mass Jabez's tales, and at Easter the soft rain soothed Christ's blue-beaten brow as we listened. The calla ...... Read More

The ruling PNP doesn't care; the Opposition JLP is irrelevant
I was walking across the road in the little semi-rural town square on the way to my car when she stopped me, physically held me by the hand, and a ...... Read More

Matters worth mentioning
Every now and then I am asked my views on certain topics. It is not easy to express all of them in a single column each week. So today I will do ...... Read More

REGIONAL

Flanker in mourning

FLANKER, St James RESIDENTS of Flanker have been plunged into insurmountable grief following the recent passing of their renowned community activist, Marilyn Nash, who recently lost her gallant b ... Read More

Cambridge High reaping success of transformational leadership
MONTEGO BAY, St James THE rebranding of Cambridge High School in St James is already resulting in notable improvements in the school's culture an ...... Read More

Challenge!
MONTEGO BAY, St James THE influential Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry could have a new president next Wednesday, when it stages its ...... Read More

High hopes
PHILADELPHIA, USA — ST Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) will carry the hopes of western based-schools at the 120th Penn Relays Carniva ...... Read More

EDITORIALS

Why is the Gov't afraid to go after tax-dodgers?

IF the Government had thought that initial opposition to its iniquitous tax on withdrawals from financial institutions was a flash in the pan, it would, by now, have come to the conclusion that th ... Read More

Bad economic advice causing our persistent poverty
IN the modern age mankind has come to believe that all of its problems can be solved by the application of science; and for those not yet solved, ...... 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, ...... 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

AUTO

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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