There is no shortage of food, says minister

KELLIER… has urged consumers not to pay high prices

ACTING Minister of Agriculture Derrick Kellier says there is no shortage of food on the island, despite the drought the country has been facing over the last couple of months. Kellier, who was addressing a media briefing at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries in Kingston, yesterday, said cons ... Read More

Minister with responsibility for public service in the Ministry
of Finance and Planning, Horace Dalley (centre) in discussion
with senior director, Procurement and Asset Policy Unit,
Ministry of Finance and Planning, Cecile Maragh, and
managing partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Leighton
McKnight, at Wednesday’s National Public Procurement
Conference, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New
Kingston. (PHOTO: JIS) Gov't announces new public procurement policy
THE Government yesterday tabled a bill to streamline and transform the present public procurement re ... Read More

JMA President Brian Pengelley addressing Monday’s press
conference. (PHOTO: TYRONE SIMMS) Pay your taxes, JMA head tells businesses
Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) President Brian Pengelley had nothing but unsettling words ... Read More

A Jamaica Observer file photo of a jet ski Jet ski operators put on warning
THE Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) says there will be a zero tolerance approach to priv ... Read More

Shaw calls for review of all tax penalties, interest charges

Monday, July 28, 2014    

Audley Shaw

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

PM Simpson Miller leaves for talks with Japanese counterpart in T&T

Monday, July 28, 2014    

returns to
Jamaica this

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

St Thomas high schools to pool resources

Monday, July 28, 2014    

THWAITES… established joint

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

JLP says it's much closer to election readiness

Monday, July 28, 2014    

Dr Chang

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

Portmore validation bill passed after close vote

Monday, July 28, 2014    

(L-R) MORRIS… Opposition had
given no indication that it
would vote against any of the
provisions of the bill
represents ‘governance gone

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

Official apologises for ‘silly’ remarks

Monday, July 28, 2014    

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

Government backs off some new tax measures

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

(L-R) PHILLIPS… there is an
endemic culture of tax
avoidance and tax evasion. GOLDING… will take
amendments to the bills to
the Senate

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

Politicians 'allowed' to get away with a lot, says Floyd Green

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

GREEN... we will keep having these issues where politicians believe they can come in and reward their friends and it’s supposed

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

Other measures proposed in the new tax bills include:

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

SHAW… accused Government of
savagely and arrogantly dismantling
time-honoured tradition of placing
bills of this gravity and importance
before a select committee or joint
select committee of Parliament

(1) Minister may prescribe interest rate for arrears of tax. The minister may, by order published in the Gazette, subject to negative resolution of the House of Representatives, prescribe the interest rate payable in respect of arrears of tax for the first six months of each calendar year and the second six months of each calendar year respectively; (2) Application of payments If a payment is made on account of any amount owed by a tax debtor to the commissioner general or, as the case may ... Read More

Prepared for a life of sacrifice

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

GREEN… if all the good people stay away from politics, then who are we going to leave to lead us?

ALTHOUGH he may not have envisioned himself as a caretaker for a constituency at 32 years old, newly elected Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for South West St Elizabeth and president of Generation 2000 (G2K) Floyd Green has already learnt that it is a life of sacrifice and seems poised for the job at hand. The attorney-at-law told the Jamaica Observer last Thursday that he had always intended to serve, but five years ago he had not seen himself in his current position. "I had envisioned, ... Read More



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