Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Phillips misled House, Shaw says http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/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. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:52:17 GMT New AC system to save Spanish Town Hospital $1.6m annually http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/New-AC-system-to-save-Spanish-Town-Hospital--1-6m-annually_16509612 THE Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine is expected to save more than $1.6 million per annum in energy cost, with the installation of a state-of-the-art air-conditioning system. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cut the Fat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Cut-the-Fat 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. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:24:58 GMT Social Security help http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Social-Security-help_16509194 Q: My purse was recently stolen, along with my wallet which had my United States Social Security Card in it. Is it true that I can apply for a new card at the US Embassy? If so, how do I go about getting back a new card, or getting help with other social security questions? Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Teachers oppose bank withdrawal tax http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Teachers-oppose-bank-withdrawal-tax_16509579 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. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Teen drowns while trying to save child http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Teen-drowns-while-trying-to-save-child 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. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:24:34 GMT 'The PNP soon start taxing us just to breathe...' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-The-PNP-soon-start-taxing-us-just-to-breathe----_16509549 Professor Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'Two-foot puss' beware! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/-Two-foot-puss--beware-_16509621 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. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Of marriages, common-law relationships and engagement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Of-marriages--common-law-relationships-and-engagement_16509234 Dear Mr Brown: Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Shaw: No broken relationship between JLP, IMF http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Shaw--No-broken-relationship-between-JLP--IMF_16509664 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. General News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Shaw: Proposed ABM tax will discourage formal savings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Shaw--Proposed-ABM-tax-will-discourage-formal-savings 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. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:55:50 GMT Transport Authority steps up operations islandwide http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Transport-Authority-steps-up-operations-islandwide_16477039 THE Transport Authority has intensified its road operations islandwide to remove illegal public transportation operators. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Phillips to chair House committee on Banking Services Act http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Phillips-to-chair-House-committee-on-Banking-Services-Act_16509395 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. General News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Phillips says ABM tax will not burden the most vulnerable http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Phillips-says-ABM-tax-will-not-burden-the-most-vulnerable_16509590 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. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT JFJ celebrates 15 years of advocacy in Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/JFJ-celebrates-15-years-of-advocacy-in-Jamaica_16509244 FIFTEEN years ago, out of the chaos of the April 1999 gas riots, emerged Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ). The riots saw groups of people demonstrating islandwide and brought together, at the foot of Jack's Hill, two pockets of protesters representing the class divide of the country. The riots had been successful in causing the government to reverse its decision on a gas tax. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Scholars discuss research at UWI seminar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Scholars-discuss-research-at-UWI-seminar_16509390 THE University of the West Indies, Mona collaborative research seminar, titled "Contending Perspectives on the Caribbean - Institutions, States, Cultures, Concepts" closes today. General News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT ...Announces changes to SLB loan requirements http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/---Announces-changes-to-SLB-loan-requirements_16509392 MINISTER of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips last Thursday announced a number of policy changes approved by the board of the Students' Loan Bureau (SLB), which will make it easier for students to qualify for loans. General News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Inquiry into Walter Rodney’s death starts April 28 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Inquiry-into-Walter-Rodney-s-death-starts-April-28_16509336 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — The three-member Commission of Inquiry into the death of renowned Guyanese academic, Dr Walter Rodney, more than three decades ago, will begin public hearings on April 28, according to an official statement issued here yesterday. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Paulwell wants debate on coal energy; JLP's position still fuzzy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Paulwell-wants-debate-on-coal-energy--JLP-s-position-still-fuzzy_16509398 OPPOSITION spokesman on the environment, Dr Andrew Wheatley, says that the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) would welcome a debate on the use of coal energy to power major industrial developments, but will insist on the public health factors addressed. General News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT KSAC to begin delayed review of applications for Property Tax relief http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/KSAC-to-begin-delayed-review-of-applications-for-Property-Tax-relief KINGSTON, Jamaica — Before the end of April, but after a delay of nearly a year, the Parish Discretionary Committee of the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will begin reviewing 74 applications for property tax payment relief, the Town Clerk Robert Hill has said. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:50:24 GMT Transport operators threaten withdrawal of service http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Transport-operators-threaten-withdrawal-of-service KINGSTON, Jamaica — Private transport operators say they will be withholding service islandwide starting tomorrow, Thursday, April 24. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 18:04:12 GMT Opposition presents nine-point 'prescription for growth' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Opposition-presents-nine-point--prescription-for-growth- OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, yesterday presented what he described as the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) ‘prescription for growth’, as he responded to last week's opening budget debate presentation from Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:15:43 GMT Forex: J$109.94 to one US dollar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Forex--J-109-94-to-one-US-dollar KINGSTON, Jamaica — The US dollar traded at an average J$109.94 to one US dollar on Wednesday, April 23, according to the Bank of Jamaica’s daily foreign exchange trading summary. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:46:16 GMT Increased tax on rum will affect tourism sector — Shaw http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/Increased-tax-on-rum-will-affect-tourism-sector---Shaw KINGSTON, Jamaica — Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Planning, Audley Shaw, says that the increase in the special consumption tax (SCT) on alcoholic beverages will work against the competitiveness of Jamaica’s tourism industry, which will be hard hit from the taxes. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:54:03 GMT UPDATE: Body of drowned teen recovered http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/UPDATE--Body-of-drowned-teen-recovered ST CATHERINE, Jamaica — The search for 18-year-old Raheem Terrelonge, who drowned on Monday, came to an end Wednesday afternoon, his body fished from the sea just off the coast at Hellshire Beach. Local News Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:49:20 GMT