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PM stands firm on NHT drawdown

Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party and Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness yesterday stood firm in his defence as he responded to several questions from journalists about his Administration’s decision to continue to draw-down $11.4 billion from the National Housing Trust (NHT) for budgetary support, despite having been strongly against a ... Read More

ROBINSON... the recommendation now is for property owners to have their properties revaluated (Observer file photo) JHTA hopes ‘good sense will prevail’ in TEF matter
The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) is maintaining its stance on the Tourism Enhancemen ... Read More

HOLNESS... much of Jamaica’s debt arose as a result of several public bodies that found themselves in difficult times (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Holness says public bodies will have to justify expenditure
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that under changes proposed to the operations of public bodies, t ... Read More

Customers stand outside the former SLB location SLB says adequate funding in place to meet demands
THE Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) has said that it will be able to adequately fund 2017/18 tuiti ... Read More

Government gets backing from PSOJ on tax package

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Audley Shaw

THE Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) says that it has assessed the recent tax package presented by Government and is commending the move towards indirect taxation from direct taxation. Taxes amounting to $13.5 billion were included in a package tabled in the House of Representatives on March 9 by Finance Minister Audley Shaw. The tax package includes revenues from: increase in Specific Special Consumption Tax (SCT) on fuels totalling $7.4 billion; General Consumption Tax (GCT) at ... Read More

Woman accused of prostituting teens for court April 4

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

A pregnant Kingston vendor accused of pimping two minors, who were reported missing from their home in Portland, is scheduled to return to the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on April 4. Twenty-three-year-old Mary-Ann Downie, of Denham Town, was arrested on February 1 and charged with child trafficking, living off the earnings of prostitution, and having in her possession a child in need of protection and care. Downie should have appeared in court on Monday but her lawyer, Richard Lynch, t ... Read More

No change

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, March 23, 2017    

SHAW… to outline new revenue measures when closing debate

THE Government yesterday faced a noisy uproar and walkout by Opposition MPs but unanimously approved its 2017/18 budget in the House of Representatives with no change in the tax package. After turning back a challenge from the Opposition to roll back the $13.5-billion tax package, and the walkout which came right at the end of Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw’s closing presentation, the 30 Government MPs present all voted with the minister, who had insisted from the ... Read More

Price to head FLOW Jamaica; says building on agreed 2017 strategy a major focus

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

PRICE... plans to build on Flow’s agreed 2017 strategy.

Stephen Price, whose appointment as managing director of Flow Jamaica was announced by the company yesterday, said his immediate focus will be to build on the company’s current agreed 2017 strategy. “We have some significant focus on mobile growth,” Price told the Jamaica Observer yesterday evening. “We have significant growth expected in IPTV... really landing those key projects to ensure that we bring faster speeds across the island in terms of faster broadband and mob ... Read More

Student sentenced, fined $36,000 after rare ganja find

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Arrested

A male student who tried to smuggle three pounds of ganja to Barbados concealed in his waist and in his anus was sentenced to two months in prison and fined $36,000. Kareem Webber, who had previously pleaded guilty to breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act, was sentenced by Senior Parish Judge Andrea Pettigrew-Collins when he appeared for sentencing in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court on Monday. He was held at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on February 3 and found w ... Read More

Don’t have children you cannot afford, DPP urges women

Thursday, March 23, 2017    

Director of Public Prosecutions Paula Llewellyn (second right) makes a point to Professor Emerita of the Institute for Gender and Development Studies, Barbara Bailey (second left), at a breakfast forum at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on March 17. Acting Commissioner of Police Novelette Grant (left) and Chief Justice Zaila McCalla also shared in the discussion. (Photo: JIS)

Director of Public Prosecutions (DDP) Paula Llewellyn is urging women to desist from having children that they cannot afford to provide for financially. “If you know you cannot afford it, you cannot sit down in the 21st century and have five, six and seven children and you do not work,” she said. She noted that these women often get into relationships as a means of financial security, which makes them and their children vulnerable to abuse. “When you have women who have chi ... Read More

DPP explains aspects of the Cybercrimes Act

Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:50 PM    

DPP Paula Llewellyn

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Director of Public Prosecution, Paula Llewellyn has today sought to explain the concept of malicious communications in cyber space and aspects of the Cybercrimes Act. This comes on the heels of the arrest and charging of co-founder of the rights movement Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent. Earlier this week, Nugent disclosed that she’s contemplating a constitutional challenge of the provision of the Cybercrimes Act under which she was arrested and charged last week. ... Read More

Accountant General's Oceana Hotel office flooded as $478-m renovation continues

Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:14 PM    

Accountant General Carlene Murdock

KINGSTON, Jamaica — A section of the former Oceana Hotel, which the government leased to facilitate the housing of the Accountant General’s Department downtown Kingston was yesterday flooded during heavy rainfall in the Corporate Area. A video obtained by OBSERVER ONLINE, shows the office space, which is currently being renovated, inundated with water which appeared to be coming from the roof. Men, who looked to have been painting, were forced to leave the office, one worker walkin ... Read More

Bustamante Hospital for Children accepting emergency cases only

Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:01 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) is advising that the Bustamante Hospital for Children is only accepting emergency cases until further notice. According to a release from SERHA a short while ago, this move is as a result of industrial action being taken by the health records staff following an incident at the hospital. Reports are that the incident, involving a parent, resulted in a health records clerk being seriously injured. The incident occurred a ... Read More

No need for increase in bus, taxi fares — Henry

Thursday, March 23, 2017 5:44 PM    

KINGSTON, Jamaica — Transport Minister Lester ‘Mike’ Henry says that if the issues “bedevilling” the transport sector can be addressed then there will be no need for an immediate increase in bus and taxi fares. Henry’s comment came after a meeting with Transport Operators Development and Sustainable Service (TODDS) head, Edgerton Newman, today at his Maxfield Avenue office in St Andrew. The TODDS was requesting a 50 per cent increase in fares in the wake of ... Read More



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