FORMER attorney-at-law and senior resident magistrate, Ruby Walcott, died early yesterday morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies.
Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, who yesterday sent condolence to her family, said she gave unstintiung servicein her efforts to make the court system a ... Read More
THE Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) has launched its revamped Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Programme aimed at protecting the country's borders and revenue.
Part of the World Customs Organisation's (WCO) framework of standards to secure and facilitate global trade, the AEO is designed to encourage compliance and reduce security risks by certifying all relevant personnel within the importation and exportation chain.
The system rewards compliant economic operators and focuses resources on pote ... Read More
THE Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) says there will be a zero tolerance approach to private and commercial jet ski operators who refuse to adhere to the regulations governing the industry.
"You can only operate if you are commercially registered, otherwise you cannot ply out there for business, and if you are going to operate privately you cannot be on the public beaches. Anybody who contravenes this, the team will be out there to address this," Executive Director of the TPDCo Denni ... Read More
OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, wants the Government to undertake a general review of all penalties and interest charges across all types of taxes.
"...So that they may be adjusted generally downwards and, perhaps, more in line with international standards," Shaw suggested, as he spoke last week in the debate on the two tax Bills aimed at facilitating the collection of taxes and an improvement in the rate of compliance -- the Tax Collection (Miscellaneous Provisions) ... Read More
PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller was scheduled to leave the island yesterday for Trinidad and Tobago for bilateral talks with Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan.
The meeting will take place during the First Japan/Caricom Summit to be held in Port of Spain, today
"The meetings are of special significance as this year Jamaica celebrates 50 years of diplomatic relations with Japan, during which a number of activities have been planned to commemorate this important milestone both in Tokyo and ... Read More
EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has established a joint committee to identify areas of mutual interest and cooperation among three St Thomas high schools, with the goal of improving education outcomes.
The first area of cooperation starts in September with the setting up of a reading laboratory at Robert Lightbourne High to improve the literacy skills of grade seven to nine students attending that institution as well as Seaforth and Paul Bogle High schools. The lab will be manned by reading ... Read More
THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party yesterday held a meeting of its Central Executive -- the highest decision-making body outside of its annual conference — where it ratified the selection of more candidates for local and parliamentary elections.
"The party's selection of seven candidates for the general election and 19 local government candidates have strengthened and motivated the party's membership and brought us that much closer to election readiness," said General Secretary Dr Horace ... Read More
THE Government defeated the Opposition by 10 votes to seven in the Senate Friday to approve the Municipalities (Validation and Amendment) Act 2014, paving the way for the regularisation of activities at the Portmore Municipal Council.
The vote was taken after the Opposition called for a divide, following a very intense debate in which both sides stood firmly behind lines of support and disapproval. Three senators were absent.
The House passed the Bill on Tuesday, July 15. Its passage in the Se ... Read More
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Saturday described as unfortunate and regrettable, remarks made by an official who told journalists at a media briefing that Government ministers may not answer 'silly questions'.
The official, Director of Information and Communications Dennis McComie, who chaired Thursday's post-Cabinet news conference, also told journalists they could not pose questions to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, only to Foreign Aff ... Read More
BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter email@example.com | Sunday, July 27, 2014
THE Ministry of Finance and Planning has given an assurance that it will withdraw some of the measures proposed in the Tax Collection (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act and the Tax Penalties (Harmonisation) Act which are aimed at facilitating increased tax revenues.
In response to growing opposition over one of the most egregious proposed new measures, the ministry said in a release on Friday that the Government has agreed to move an amendment in the Senate next Wednesday, which will ensure that no ... Read More
BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter firstname.lastname@example.org | Sunday, July 27, 2014
NEWLY elected Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for South West St Elizabeth and president of Generation 2000 (G2K) Floyd Green said Thursday that politicians are allowed to get away with a lot, and until people hold them to a higher standard, the problems facing the country will persist.
In an interview with the Jamaica Observer, the 32-year-old attorney-at-law called on the electorate to become more engaged.
"The reality is that I think the people don't recognise that politicians are allow ... Read More