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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) ratio. According to Shaw, Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips, informed the country last Thu ... Read More

A happy Minister of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Phillip Paulwell (centre) looks on as acting group managing director
of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, Winston Watson (left), and managing director of the ATL Group Danville Walker shake
hands after signing contracts valued at $8.4 million, under which ATL will supply and install energy-efficient air-conditioning units
on the maternity wing of the Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine. The contracts were signed yesterday at the ministry in New
Kingston. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) 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 en ... Read More

SHAW… Jamaica just cannot take
any more devaluation at this time Cut the Fat
OPPOSITION Spokesman on Finance and Planning Audley Shaw yesterday urged the Government to “cu ... Read More

The Social Security Administration’s main campus is seen in Woodlawn, Maryland, in the
United States. Social Security help
Q: My purse was recently stolen, along with my wallet which had my United States Social Security Car ... Read More

Teachers oppose bank withdrawal tax

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Dr Mark Nicely addressing the opening session of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association
International Education Conference 2014 at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in St James,
yesterday. (PHOTO: ANTHONY LEWIS

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. "On behalf of the vast majority of Jamaicans, which include the 25,000 members of this association (JTA), I hereby request that the proposed tax be withdrawn immediately," stated a strident Dr Nicely. He made the strong objection to the proposal — announced by Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips l ... Read More

Teen drowns while trying to save child

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

GLORIA Terrelonge could not conceal her grief yesterday as divers searched the Hellshire Beach in St Catherine for the body of her 19- year-old son, Raheem Terrelonge, who reportedly drowned while attempting to save a child who had got into difficulties at the crowded beach Easter Monday. “It has been more than 24 hours and I am yet to find the body,” said the obviously distraught mother yesterday, as she awaited word from the police. "I don't know what to say; the police came and ... Read More

'The PNP soon start taxing us just to breathe...'

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

‘The PNP soon start
taxing us just to breathe...’

Professor This beloved piece of rock is moving in retrograde motion. It is hard to ask the question "what is the doctor thinking?" because this is not thinking at all... I think we are at the point where Albert Einstein says, "thinking that has brought me this far, has created problems it cannot solve". Way to go Doc! Dane Truth! As if the bank fees themselves weren't bad enough. If you don't mind Clovis, I want to pin up these cartoons up on the door of Gordon House. woodpecker An unconsci ... Read More

'Two-foot puss' beware!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Glendon Harris (second left), Montego Bay mayor and president of the St James Associated
Branch Societies of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS), and Custos of St James Ewan
Corrodus (right) admire one of the Nubian rams being raised by St James livestock farmers at the
31st staging of the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show on Monday. The event was held
under the theme ‘Grow What We Eat… Eat What We Grow’. Sharing the moment are Chief
Executive Officer of the JAS Christopher Emanuel (left), and Ronald Robinson, regional manager
of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority. (PHOTO: JIS)

MINISTER of Agriculture and Fisheries Roger Clarke has warned praedial thieves that new and stronger anti-praedial larceny measures will be revealed when he makes his presentation in the Budget Debate today. Addressing the opening ceremony at the Montpelier Agricultural and Industrial Show in St James on Monday, the minister said the weight of the police and technology will be combined to impact the operations of praedial larcenists who are retarding growth in the agricul-tural sector. "In my ... Read More

Of marriages, common-law relationships and engagement

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

A couple must be married or in a common-law relationship to be eligible for sponsorship
under Canadian immigration law.

Dear Mr Brown: I am engaged to my fiancé who lives in Canada. He filed for me to join him in Canada and I was turned down for not being a member of the family class. We have been engaged for over a year. I do not understand the decision. Please assist us. -- PM Dear PM: Without additional details, it is difficult to assess the entire case. However, based on the language you used to describe your situation, I suspect that at least one of the reasons is that as a fiancé, you have ... Read More

Shaw: No broken relationship between JLP, IMF

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Shaw: No broken
relationship
between JLP, IMF

OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw insisted yesterday that there was no broken relationship between the former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Administration, of which he was a part, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the failure of their standby agreement. "Let it be clear, we had no broken relationships with the multilaterals. That is why, in November 2011, Jamaica borrowed US$330 million from the IDB and the World Bank with the blessings of t ... Read More

Shaw: Proposed ABM tax will discourage formal savings

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Audley Shaw

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.  “I call on you, minister, to find $2.25 billion in fat and inefficiency in the bloated bureaucracy and leave people’s hard-earned money alone,” Shaw told Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips during his contribution to the 2014/15 Budget Debate in the House of Representativ ... Read More

Transport Authority steps up operations islandwide

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Transport Authority steps
up operations islandwide

THE Transport Authority has intensified its road operations islandwide to remove illegal public transportation operators. According to the authority, since the expiring of a majority of public passenger vehicles road licences on March 31, there have been 1,146 prosecutions for various offences and 179 seizures, some for operating without road licences and others for operating contrary to the terms and conditions of their licences. The authority said it would be adopting a zero-tolerance approa ... Read More

Phillips to chair House committee on Banking Services Act

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Peter Phillips

FINANCE Minister Dr Peter Phillips is to chair a joint select committee of the Houses of Parliament which is to study the omnibus legislation, the Banking Services Act, which will affect the regulation of the country's financial institutions, including the Bank of Jamaica. The House of Representatives last Thursday named its members of the committee -- Dr Phillips, Peter Bunting, Julian Robinson, Fitz Jackson, Mikael Phillips and Andre Hylton as Government members; and Audley Shaw, Karl Samuda ... Read More

Phillips says ABM tax will not burden the most vulnerable

Wednesday, April 23, 2014    

Phillips says ABM tax will not
burden the most vulnerable

Addressing journalists at a post-Budget media briefing at Jamaica House yesterday, Dr Phillips said several other options that were proposed by Ministry technocrats were not deemed suitable, under Jamaica's prevailing economic state. They include an increase in the rate of personal income tax and General Consumption Tax (GCT); re-introducing GCT on electricity; imposing a special consumption tax on sweetened drinks; expanding the list of items subject to GCT; and increasing the tax take from pe ... Read More



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