Finance minister says he will review tax measures

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 announced revenue measures and will shortly announce if any adjustments will be made". A release from the ... Read more


Ganja alert!

LOCKHART... we could find ourself importing
ganja and ganja products in the future if we
don’t move quickly

ONE of the first two Jamaicans to get Government approval to study ganja for medicinal purposes yesterday urged Jamaica not to give away its ganja-production rights to large foreign corporations. Dr Albert Lockhart who, with the late Dr Manley West of the University of the West Indies (UWI), pionee ... Read More

Water from the broken pipe settles on the street outside
Sterling’s home. Water meter thieves on the loose
THE National Water Commission (NWC) has launched a probe into the theft of water meters from several ... Read More

A bull like this
one will be tagged
on the ear as part
of government’s
plan to fight
praedial larceny.
FILE PHOTO) Cattle passports to thwart praedial thieves
MINISTER of Agri-culture and Fisheries Roger Clarke yesterday announced plans for a new programme to ... Read More

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips Bankers oppose ABM tax
THE Jamaica Banker's Association (JBA) says Government's proposal to impose a tax on withdrawals fro ... Read More

PHOTOS: Street Scenes

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Tuesday’s partly cloudy skies
and strong winds provided the
perfect setting for Ian Young to
go kiting in Maverley, St

'YOUNG' AND IN CHARGE Tuesday's partly cloudy skies and strong winds provided the perfect setting for Ian Young to go kiting in Maverley, St Andrew. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON) RIGHT BACK AT YOU! Obviously not amused, this woman stares straight at our cameraman while sipping a bottled drink in Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Tuesday. STRONG SUPPORT An elderly woman is helped by a young Tuesday as she makes her way through Spanish Town, St Catherine. Street Scenes --> Read More

NFPB takes sex education to the Internet

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

NFPB takes sex
education to
the Internet

THE National Family Planning Board (NFPB) says it is at an advanced stage of expanding and enhancing the service delivery of sexual reproductive health information and products among adolescents and the youth, using the Internet. According to the NFPB, the online platform, dubbed 'Teen 360', seeks to educate and advocate for and interact with Jamaicans within the 10-19 age group on numerous topics, such as sex education, health promotion, life skills, development and reproductive health. "... ... Read More

Clarke again blames exuberant farmers for agro park mess

Balford Henry | Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Roger Clarke

MINISTER of Agriculture and Fisheries Roger Clarke has blamed "exuberance" on the part of farmers in St Thomas for the problems which affected the Plantain Garden River Agro-Park since last year. "Unfortunately, because of the exuberance of the farmers, 16 acres of onion was planted ahead of the completion of the irrigation structure," Clarke said. He said that the irrigation infrastructure has now been installed, and $7.5 million given to the credit union which had provided credit to the far ... Read More

CAPI: Wear black tomorrow against proposed ABM tax

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

CAPI: Wear black tomorrow against proposed ABM tax

ADVOCACY group Citizens' Action for Principle and Integrity (CAPI) is urging Jamaicans to wear black tomorrow in protest against the proposed tax on bank withdrawals. In a release yesterday the group -- led by former Jamaica Labour Party senator Dennis Meadows -- announced that it will launch an online protest against the tax, which is scheduled to be implemented on June 1. The civic group said the tax is "oppressive, unconscionable and will prove inimical to its own growth agenda as it will ... Read More

Fresh calls for improved funding to justice system

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Fresh calls for improved funding to justice system

JUSTICE Lloyd Hibbert has reiterated the call for a greater level of financing for the justice sector. Hibbert, who was speaking at yesterday's opening of the Easter Term of the Home Circuit Court yesterday, was joined in his call for more resources by Donovan Walker, the new president of the Jamaican Bar Association. In outlining the importance of the justice system to functioning of the society, Hibbert said, among other things, that without an effective system of justice there will be "no p ... Read More

'At least somebody is thinking'

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Opposition spokesman on
finance, Audley Shaw.

JAMAICA Observer online readers are largely in support of a suggestion by Opposition spokesman on finance, Audley Shaw, for the Government to cut waste and inefficiency to fund the budget instead of imposing the proposed ABM tax. The readers were reacting to a story published yesterday on Shaw's budget presentation in Parliament on Tuesday. Here are some edited comments: woodpecker I totally agree, Audley. But the Government will pay no one any attention. They will go right along. CHUCK EMANU ... Read More

Brothers in businessman's murder remanded

with Tanesha Mundle | Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Brothers in businessman's murder remanded

TWO brothers implicated in the murder of a businessman last December were on Tuesday remanded in custody when they appeared in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court. Voldon and Roshawn Ricketts are both charged with murder and conspiracy to murder in relation to the stabbing death of 42-year-old businessman Orell Henry of Pleasant Valley in St Andrew. The brothers are charged along with 20-year-old Tivon Wallace, who was reportedly involved in a relationship with the now deceased man ... Read More

JPS removes illegal connections in Flanker; 7 arrested

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Some of the illegal connections seen before their removal in
Flanker, St James, last Saturday. (right) A Jamaica Public Service worker carries reels of wires that
were illegally connected to the power company’s lines.

JAMAICA Public Service (JPS) crews, working in collaboration with members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, removed 1,000 pounds of illegal connections and discovered 12 cases of street light tampering in the community of Flanker, St James, last Saturday. According to the light and power company, tampering is one of the primary causes of malfunctioning street lights in the community, as well as others served by the Residential Advanced Metering Infrastructure. The operation took place in the ... Read More

Setting the tone for UCC-Leadercast satellite broadcast

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

Setting the tone for UCCLeadercast
satellite broadcast

PRESIDENT of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce Nathan Robb (centre) greets Dr Dameon Black, deputy president of University College of the Caribbean (UCC) at the Montego Bay media luncheon for UCC-Leadercast at the Altamont Court Hotel in Montego Bay, St James, last Thursday. Looking on is Marlon Case, UCC's manager for corporate education and management services solutions. People in Kingston, Montego Bay and their evirons will get a chance to attend a satellite broadcast of the star-studded ... Read More

PHOTO: In focus

Thursday, April 24, 2014    

In focus

With her eyes trained on the road, this woman is a picture of focus as she weaves her way through busy Spanish Town, St Catherine, on Holy Thursday. (PHOTO: LIONEL ROOKWOOD) In focus --> Read More



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