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O-Wrap: PNP votes to end SOEs… Alia Atkinson cops gold… NIS deductions to increase

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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

1. Opposition votes out states of emergency

Opposition Members of Parliament voted last night to end the States of Emergency introduced by the government since January, 2017 to curtail crime and violence across Jamaica.

2. Private sector groups call for review of decision to end SOEs

Three private sector groups are calling for an urgent meeting with the leadership of both the Government and the Opposition People's National Party (PNP), following last night's vote against the extension of the sates of public emergency (SOEs) in St James, St Catherine North and sections of the Corporate Area.

3. NWC seeks developer to finance, construct complex at Oxford Road property

The National Water Commission is seeking a qualified developer to finance, design, construct and operate a new complex at its property on Oxford Road in Kingston under a proposed public-private partnership agreement.

4. Late birthday gold for Alia Atkinson

Jamaican star Alia Atkinson celebrated turning 30 by finally winning 50m breaststroke gold at the short course World Swimming Championships on Wednesday. Atkinson's landmark birthday was on Tuesday but she had to wait a day to really mark the occasion in imperious style in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.

5. British PM May survives confidence vote over Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday survived a bid by her own MPs to unseat her, winning a confidence motion by 200 to 117 votes. The vote was triggered by hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative party who despise the deal she struck with the EU last month.

6. It's official! Gov't revokes Symbiote's licence

The Government has, with effect from April 10, 2018, revoked the telecommunications licences of Symbiote Investments, which operated as Caricel Jamaica. The announcement, which was made in a newspaper advertisement today, follows a Supreme Court decision, allowing the Government to revoke Symbiote's licenses.

7. Jamaica adopts historic UN global pact to manage migration

The Government of Jamaica joined the majority of Member States of the United Nations to adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration at the two-day Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. 

8. NIS deductions to increase in April

The Government has announced that Jamaicans are to begin contributing more to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS). Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke yesterday told Parliament that the contributions will move from five per cent of an employee's salary to 5.5 per cent as of April 1, 2019, while the deductions will see a further increase to six per cent by April 1, 2020.

9. National Cancer Registry launched

Health Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, says the National Cancer Registry (NCR), which was launched yesterday, provides a critical tool in guiding the planning and implementation of cancer prevention and control programmes.

10. St Kitts Opposition files no confidence motion against Government

Opposition Leader Dr Denzil Douglas has filed a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, whom he says presents a “clear and present danger to democracy” in St Kitts-Nevis.