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O-Wrap: No new taxes… Pastor to serve 8 years… Three charged in murder of Chinese businessman

Thursday, March 08, 2018

In case you missed it, here are OBSERVER ONLINE's top 10 stories for today:

1. #BudgetDebate2018: No new taxes, first time in 14 years — Shaw

Finance Minister Audley Shaw today announced that for the first time in 14 years, there is some relief for the Jamaican people as the government has taken the decision that there will be no new taxes.

2. Female DC chopped, injured while on duty in Hanover

Police in Hanover have arrested a woman who reportedly attacked a female district constable in the parish yesterday.

3. Moravian pastor to serve 8 years for sex with minors

Former Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke, who pleaded guilty late last year to having sex with two sisters under the age of consent, has been sentenced to 16 years in jail.

4. Suspect in Christiana job scam to face court March 21

The police are reporting that a woman, who has been in custody since last week in relation to an alleged overseas employment scam that took place in Manchester, was on Tuesday charged.

5. Gov't 'disrespectful' to J'can workers, violating ILO convention — PNP

The People's National Party (PNP) has condemned the “dictatorial conduct” of the Prime Minister Andrew Holness government which it says is seeking to “unilaterally circumvent” the collective bargaining negotiation process with the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA).

6. JISCO/Alpart targeting minimum one shipment of alumina export per month

Chinese entity, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO), which owns and operates the Alpart refinery in St Elizabeth, is aiming to upgrade the plant and increase its capacity to facilitate the exportation of a minimum one shipment of alumina per month.

7. Cops charge 3 suspects in murder of Chinese businessman

Three men have been charged with the murder of Chinese businessman Teng Fei Cheng, who was shot dead on February 27, in Brown's Town, St Ann.

8. Five men charged for possession of sea cucumbers

Five men were arrested and charged for possession of sea cucumbers without a license following the seizure of approximately 300 pounds of sea cucumbers at Welcome Beach in Clarendon on Tuesday.

9. Bartlett is World's Tourism Minister of the Year

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett was today awarded Worldwide Tourism Minister of the Year by the prestigious Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) in Berlin, Germany.

10. Time's up! PNP president, women lead charge to end sexual harassment

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) today launched its Sexual Harassment Policy for the party. Party President, Dr Peter Phillips and the party's Women's Movement who piloted the policy within the organisation have called for the Sexual Harassment Bill to be re-tabled in Parliament.