How to Get A Cuba Visa/Visitor’s Card

The process for getting a Cuban visa (also called the visitor’s card) as a Jamaican is actually pretty simple and straightforward. Here we have listed them for you in an easy-to-follow order.

  1. Book your flight, taking note of the dates and times.
  2. Print a copy of your flight ticket (itinerary).
  3. Ensure that you have the full details of where you will be staying (hotel name and address, or name and address of person you will be staying with)
  4. Go to the Cuban Embassy (contact information below) and fill out the application for the visitor’s card. You will need:
  • Passport
  • Flight ticket
  • Proof of accommodation
  • JAM$2,100

Contact information for the Cuban Embassy in Jamaica:

ADDRESS:
Cuban Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica
9 Trafalgar Road
Kingston 5
Jamaica

TELEPHONE:
(+1 876) 978 0930
(+1 876) 978 0931

FAX:
(+1 876) 978 5372

EMAIL:
embacubajam@cwjamaica.com

WEBSITE:
www.cubadiplomatica.cu/jamaica

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Changes to refined sugar regime
  2. Nat’l infant feeding policy coming
  3. Education ministry to make physical activity mandatory for schools
  4. Floyd Morris to keep eye on Nat’l ID Bill
  5. Gov’t to address rising poverty levels
  6. DPP gets green light for additional staff 

1. Changes to refined sugar regime

Agriculture and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda this afternoon announced changes to the regime on the importation of refined sugar. Samuda says the changes were being made to stop the sale of duty-free refined sugar for the manufacturing industry from being sold on the retail market. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Nat’l infant feeding policy coming

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton said Jamaicans can expect a new National Infant and Young Child Feeding Policy and the National Infant and Young Child Feeding Strategic Action Plan, which are both geared towards improving the health and well-being of the nation’s children. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Education ministry to make physical activity mandatory for schools

Education minister Ruel Reid said schools across Jamaica will be mandated to institute a physical activity programme for students at all levels. “They must have a programme for exercise that promotes good, healthy lifestyles for all grade levels. From grades seven right through to 13, and certainly at the early-childhood institutions, we will be promoting good health,” he said. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Floyd Morris to keep eye on Nat’l ID Bill

Advocating for the disabled community, Opposition Senator Floyd Morris has said that he will be scrutinising the National Identification and Registration Bill once it reaches the Upper House so as to ensure that the legislation is “comfortable for all”. After more than two hours of deliberations, consultations, committal, and recommittal of clauses, the House of Representatives passed the bill on Tuesday with 100 amendments. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Gov’t to address rising poverty levels

Children in Jamaica are among the most vulnerable groups affected by rising poverty levels and account for almost half of those living in poverty, according to the National Policy on Poverty, a White Paper tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The document unveils Jamaica’s National Poverty Reduction Programme. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. DPP gets green light for additional staff

The Ministry of Finance has moved to ease the pressure on the beleaguered court system by confirming, through a letter, that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) will now be able to employ some additional staff. The information was received by the ODPP on Tuesday after Paula Llewellyn, the director of public prosecutions, vented her frustration over delays by the finance ministry to give her office the go-ahead to fill 17 posts for which approval had already been given. See the full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. House passes National ID and Registration Bill with 100 amendments
  2. Possible Cabinet reshuffle coming
  3. Guyana turns to Ja to protect food exports
  4. Chuck blames inept public sector for case backlog
  5. Ministry misfires on new FLA board
  6. Cleaner Ja coming with LNG use

1. House passes National ID and Registration Bill with 100 amendments

The House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed the National Identification and Registration Bill with 100 amendments after more than two hours of deliberations, consultations, committal and recommittal of clauses. Deliberations on the Bill which was piloted by Prime Minister Andrew Holness began minutes to 6:00 p.m and ended at 7:55 p.m., after several concerns from the Opposition led by Dr Peter Phillips. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Holness

2. Possible Cabinet reshuffle coming

A Cabinet reshuffle is coming soon. Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that he’s actively looking at the matter. Holness said, in fact, he wanted to review the composition of Cabinet from some time ago to refresh and re-energise the body but held back. He did not say why. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Guyana turns to Ja to protect food exports

The Guyanese government has sought to protect its exports to the United States by turning to Jamaica for assistance in preparing processed food exporters to meet the requirements of the US Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA). Signed into law by former US President Barack Obama in January 2011, the FSMA aims to ensure that the US food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to preventing it.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Chuck blames inept public sector for court case backlog

Urging the various stakeholders in the justice system to make use of the newly passed Plea Bargaining law, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has said the Circuit Courts will never be able to dispose of the more than 2,000 cases waiting to be tried. In the Home Circuit Court alone there are 861 serious offences to be tried.  See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Ministry misfires on new FLA board

There is confusion surrounding whether a new Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) board has been appointed, after a series of conflicting press releases out of the Ministry of National Security. In the latest release sent out yesterday, the ministry said that a previous message stating that Cabinet had approved appointment of a Major General Antony Anderson-led board was sent out prematurely. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Cleaner Ja coming with LNG use

Jamaica is expected to reap significant benefits with the addition of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the country’s energy mix, and the environment is being touted as the big winner. Ahead of a planned conference on natural gas with local and international players, starting on October 4, environmental protection is being seen as a core component of the promotion of LNG. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Category 5 Hurricane Maria batters Dominica
  2. Cabinet appoints new FLA board
  3. Court system undermined, understaffed
  4. School board shake-up coming
  5. 10% educators underperforming
  6. PM tables special economic zones regulations

1. Category 5 Hurricane Maria batters Dominica

Category Five Hurricane Maria has torn through the eastern Caribbean island of Dominica leaving a trail of damage and destruction. Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has taken to Facebook reporting that he has lost his roof. “Certainly no sleep for anyone in Dominica. I believe my residence may have sustained some damage,” Skerrit posted about 8 p.m. Monday night. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Cabinet appoints new FLA board

The Cabinet has approved a new five-member board of the beleaguered Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) with one previous member being re-appointed. Former chairman, businessman Dennis Wright is back but will now sit as a member of the board. National Security Adviser Major General Antony Anderson is the new chairman. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Court system undermined, understaffed

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla yesterday suggested that some of the measures being put in place to clear the backlog of cases in the circuit courts are being undermined by inadequate staffing. Her concerns came on the same day chief prosecutor Paula Llewellyn went public with her frustration over delays by the finance ministry to give her office the go-ahead to fill 17 posts, for which approval has already been given. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Ruel Reid

4. School board shake-up coming

Education Minister Ruel Reid is contemplating establishing district boards in a bid to hold school boards more accountable. In an interview with The Gleaner, he admitted that a few boards had to be called in during his tenure as minister, as there continue to be gaps in accountability and management across several institutions. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. 10% educators underperforming

Some 10 per cent of Jamaican educators are performing below standard and the education ministry is urgently looking at strategies that will bring them up to par with their more successful colleagues. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. PM tables special economic zones regulations

Prime Minister Andrew Holness last week tabled the long-awaited Special Economic Zones (SEZs) Regulations in the House of Representatives. The regulations are intended to drive the SEZs, which are expected to open up significant economic opportunities for Jamaicans in terms of employment generation, manufacturing, small-business development and foreign exchange earnings. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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How To Build A Starter Wardrobe for Women

By Tanaka Roberts
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There’s a kernel of wisdom in the saying, ‘If you want it, dress for it’.  As a budding career girl with sights set on corporate domination, there’s no better time to put this into practice than now. In a perfect world, technology would permit you to hit download on your favourite TV series’ wardrobe, and then be well on your way to ‘Being Mary Jane’.  Alas, since even in 2017 we’re still trying to keep up with the Jetsons, the best way to start building a new wardrobe is to simply laying a chic foundation.

Every girl needs closet staples – the classics that are essentially the backbone of a solid wardrobe.  These are the go-to pieces that you’ll wear time and time again which are especially useful on those ‘I-have-nothing-to-wear’ days. They’ll go great together or with anything else in your closet and, best of all, since they’re timeless, will pair well with the latest trends.

Here are the top 10 items you’ll always find in the closet of a woman making moves:

White Button Down

This is the single most timeless piece in your closet. A crisp white button down will never fail and is always the starting point of an “I woke up like this” effortlessly – chic outfit. They’re easily the most understated statement piece you’ll own since they’re typically the focal point of your outfit and can be completed with any bottom whether skirt or pants and will always look fresh.

Black Tailored Blazer

It’s an unspoken rule of sorts; if you want to be taken more seriously wear a blazer. A tailored jacket is the easiest way to make any look more refined. Go with a structure black blazer that extends mid hip. Not only do they complement tailored pants well, they’ll automatically make jeans look dressed up on casual Friday or with a skirt take you from the office girl to businesswoman.

Tailored trousers, a good blazer, and a reliable leather tote are timeless staples for any chic woman’s wardrobe.

Tailored Trousers

Fitted pants are your saving graces where office wear is concerned. They’re the most comfortable garments you’ll own and since they’re tailored you’re sure to always look professional. As your most versatile piece as well, you’ll wear them on repeat with button downs, blazers and blouses and will look new just about every time.

Pencil Skirt

Like your tailored trousers, these go with everything in your closet. Your pencil skirt however is your “I’m feeling myself” piece that allows you to turn up your “business babe” persona.

A tailored dress

Tailored Dress

A tailored dress is a woman’s ultimate declaration of sophistication.  These classic pieces are champions on their own but when paired with your tailored blazer, is truly a knock out.

Black Heels

If you’re trying to get on top of your girl boss game, start with a good pair of heels. If stilettos aren’t quite your thing and you rather something a little more comfortable go for a chunkier heel. A 2.5” heel with a pointed toe or a single sole strap heeled sandals are recommended for every day wear.

Pointed Flats

Comfort should never mean compromised chic. For those busy days where you’ll constantly have to be on your feet or you’re just not feeling like wearing heels, go with a pointy pair of flats. Pointed flats almost always look better than a round toe pair and they’ll also give the illusion of longer legs (looking at you petite girls!).

Leather Tote

Your old reliable leather tote should be an investment. Before you swipe your card, ask yourself: Will this stand the test of time? Can this carry EVERYTHING? Will this go well with EVERYTHING? Should I get this in tan too? If the answer is yes to all those questions, then you’ve found yourself a winner.

A leather tote goes well with everything!

Optional:

Gold Watch

The right arm candy can polish off your look. A small classic gold watch complements your pencil skirt or tailored dress well. Alternatively you can do a bolder “boyfriend” style watch with your trousers or blazer for a more stately appeal.

Red Lipstick

If you’re going for full boss mode, you’ll need red lipstick. Red lips suit any mood, will transform any outfit and boost your confidence naturally. Also, there’s nothing more defiant in a man’s world than shattering the glass ceiling with a kiss of rouge.

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Phillips wants fixed dates for by-elections
  2. Comradery strong at PNP 79th conference
  3. PNP newcomer Shane Alexis
  4. Ricketts to continue Burrell legacy
  5. Fire at Sts Peter & Paul Catholic church
  6. Hotel coming for Barbican

Peter Phillips

1. Phillips wants fixed dates for by-elections

President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, is vowing that a future Government led by his party would change the present law to fix the date, within a specific time, for the holding of by-elections to fill vacancies in Parliament. According to Phillips, if this is done, “no prime minister will be able to play games with the calling of by-elections”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Comradery strong at PNP 79th conference

In making no secret of their intention to reclaim the reins of governance, solidarity shone brightest yesterday at the National Arena in Kingston as thousands of euphoric Comrades banded together for an incident-free final day of the People’s National Party’s (PNP) 79th annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. PNP newcomer Shane Alexis

Political newcomer, Dr Shane Alexis, has promised his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) rival a political trouncing when the by-election for the St Mary South East constituency is called. Dr Alexis, who was named the PNP standard bearer, following the death of Dr Winston Green last month, this afternoon declared himself the right ‘Doctor’ for the constituency. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Ricketts to continue Burrell legacy

Newly elected Jamaica Football Federation president Michael Ricketts has said that although he is looking to carry what he calls the “legacy” of late former president Captain Horace Burrell, he will look to put new strategies in place to oversee the nation’s football. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Fire at Sts Peter and Paul Catholic church

Fire fighting personnel were called to the Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church in St Andrew early this morning after sections of the property caught fire in an incident the police believe was caused by arsonists. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Hotel coming for Barbican

Architect Jeremy Millingen is part of a design team working on a new high-rise hotel that will overlook Barbican square, which itself is in the process of a transformation to bring better traffic flow management to the expanding commercial hub. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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What is Jamaica’s Security Programme Oversight Committee (SECURIPOC)?

On Thursday, September 14, 2017, the Security Programme Oversight Committee was launched at the Ministry of National Security’s head office in Kingston. The Ministry of National Security’s press release on the launch described the committee’s formation as “a step for citizens to be involved and contribute to the crafting and evaluation of implementation strategies and plans developed by the Ministry.”

Here are some key facts about SECURIPOC:

  • The committee comprises 15 members from academia, the trade union movement, the private sector, community, faith based and other organisations
  • The committee will be responsible for monitoring the compliance and progress of the Ministry of National Security, its Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in relation to implementation of their key performance indicators and make recommendations to the Minister.
  • The key roles and functions of the committee are:
    • To receive and review information from the Ministry, its Departments and Agencies on the progress of implementation of key performance indicators
    • Monitor the compliance and progress of the Ministry in relation to implementation
    • Assist in ensuring the agreed targets are achieved and advise the Minister of concerns or developments
    • Make recommendations to the Minister of National Security on key performance areas and
    • Review and make recommendations concerning the desire of the Ministry to increase the active participation of citizens.

Members are:

Sources: Ministry of National Security article, ‘SECURIPOC launched’, Greater scrutiny for FLA and all other National Security Agencies

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Kingston Harbour dredging complete
  2. Former beauty queen found dead
  3. Five guns seized in Cambridge, St James
  4. #ZOSO: Hanover, Westmoreland JPs to get training
  5. Greater scrutiny for FLA, other nat’l security agencies
  6. Ja to serve on UNWTO exec council

1. Kingston Harbour dredging complete

The Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) has announced that it has completed the capital dredging of the shipping channel within the Kingston Harbour. The dredging, which was scheduled to be completed in nine months, was completed 1.5 months ahead of schedule and fulfilled all conditions outlined in its Environmental Permit issued by the National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Former beauty queen found dead

The medical staff at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) has been left in shock following the tragic death of 40-year-old Ophthalmologist, Dr Sonya Kay Forbes. Forbes, the 1999 Miss Jamaica World (Middlesex) was found dead at her Cunningham Avenue, Kingston 5 residence Wednesday night. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Five guns seized in Cambridge, St James

The police this morning seized five illegal guns, including an M16 high-powered rifle, and several rounds of assorted ammunition during an operation in Cambridge, St James. The police disclosed the seizures in a post on the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Twitter handle. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. #ZOSO: Hanover, Westmoreland JPs get training

Plans are afoot for justices of the peace (JPs) in Hanover and Westmoreland to be trained so that they will be in a state of readiness to participate in zones of special operations (ZOSO), the Government’s latest initiative to battle crime. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Greater scrutiny for FLA, other nat’l security agencies

Greater scrutiny now applies to all government agencies that fall under the banner of national security, such as the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), the Jamaica Constabulary Force, and the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA). This follows yesterday’s launch of the security ministry’s, Security Programme Oversight Committee, at its head offices in St Andrew. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Ja to serve on UNWTO exec council

Jamaica has again been elected to the Executive Council of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) to serve a two-year term alongside Argentina and Uruguay. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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How To Register A Charity In Jamaica

In Jamaica, you can register your non-profit organisation through either the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS) (dcfs.gov.jm) or The Companies Office of Jamaica (www.orcjamaica.com).

Do a name search

Before you can register your charitable organisation, you need to ensure that the name you are thinking of is available. To do so, you need to sign up on the Companies Office of Jamaica website, then do a name check on their website. Here’s how:

  • Go to the Companies Office of Jamaica website: www.orcjamaica.com
  • Select Login (at top left corner of page).
  • Select Sign up
  • Return to home page by clicking Home
  • Select Online Services tab (at bottom of picture)
  • Select Requests
  • Select Name Reservation and select Go To Service
  • Fill out the form and do your name check. If the name is available, it will be reserved for two days, no charge. If you want to reserve it for 90 days, you can pay JMD$3,000.

OR

Download and complete Form 6 (Request for Name Search and Name Reservation) from the Companies Office of Jamaica website. You can download the form from this link and submit the completed form to the Companies Office of Jamaica.

To register through the Companies Office of Jamaica:

To register a Charity in Jamaica, one has to take into consideration the Charity’s Act. This Act provides a comprehensive regime for registration, monitoring, and tax treatment of charities. For an organisation to be registered as a charity it will need to fulfil certain requirements including, it must be either

  • A charitable trust, or
  • An incorporated or unincorporated institution that
  1. a) It is established exclusively for a charitable purpose,
  2. b) It intends to and does operate for the public benefit; and
  3. c) No part of its net income or assets ensures to the personal benefit of any governing   board member or settler of the charity, or of any other private individual

Registration Requirements for Charitable Status:

Applications for registration are to be made to the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Societies (DCFS) located at: 2 Musgrave Avenue, Kingston 10, Telephone: 927-4912/927-6572 or 978-1946. A certificate is issued which is valid for 2 years. This must be renewed when expired.

You will need an application form which can be located on their website www.dcfs.gov.jm. Each of the governing board members (i.e. the directors or trustees and the secretary) of a charity will be required to complete a Fit and Proper Form which will be signed in front of a Justice of the Peace confirming them to be a fit and proper person.

This means that:

  • Such persons must not have been convicted of an offence involving dishonesty or be an undercharged bankrupt,
  • And must be, in the Authority’s assessment, a person of sound probity, able to exercise competence, diligence and sound judgment in fulfilling his or her responsibilities.

Benefit of Charitable Status: There is no requirement to make separate applications for tax waivers/exemptions in respect of: Customs duty, General Consumption Tax (GCT) and Special Consumption Tax(SCT), Income Tax, Property Tax, Stamp Duty, And Transfer Tax etc. These exemptions will now be automatic.

If one chooses to incorporate a non-profit company to obtain Charitable Status, they will be required to do so through the Companies Office of Jamaica.

WHAT IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION?

A non-profit organization is an association or corporation whose primary objective is to operate a business for the benefit of the general public, without shareholders, and without a motive for making profit. A primary difference between a non-profit organization and a profit making company is that a non-profit organization does not issue stock or pay dividends nor does it enrich its directors.

TYPES OF NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Non-profit organizations are active in a wide range of areas, including the environment, the arts, social issues & charities, early childhood education, health care, politics, religion, research, associations, sports or other endeavours.

THE DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR INCORPORATION

  1. The Articles of Incorporation (Company limited by guarantee without a Share Capital) (Form 1B): This document basically sets out the name of the company, articles, the guarantee, number of directors and any restriction on the activities the company may carry on. This also outlines the objects and powers of the organization and the rules governing the non-profit entity.
  • Stamp duty must be paid on the Articles, and this service is offered at the Companies Office of Jamaica.
  1. The Business Registration Form (BRF1)/ Superform: This document sets out the name of the company, registered office, name of directors and the principal director, the company secretary and completes the application for the company’s NIS, TRN, NHT, HEART and TCC registrations.

The cost to register same is $24,500 which will have a processing time of 4 working days. The Companies Office of Jamaica also provides a Next day express which attracts an additional  $3,000 (available from 8:30am to 1pm) and a same day express processing which is an additional $6,000 (Available 8:30am to 9:30am).

When your non profit company is incorporated you will take the

  • Certificate of Incorporation and
  • A certified Copy of your Articles of Incorporation and the charitable status application form

to the Department of Cooperatives and Friendly Society to request your charity status.

 

Registration through the DCFS:

The DCFS provides registration for benevolent societies under the Friendly Societies Act.

The application form for registration of a charitable organisation with the DCFS can be downloaded from their website (click here to go to download page and look for “Charitable Organisation – Application Form”). This must be filled out, as well as the “Fit and Proper Questionnaire”, which can both be taken to the DCFS office, located at 2 Musgrave Avenue, Kingston 10, Jamaica. The questionnaire is to be completed by each individual on the board and the secretary and submitted along with a passport-size photograph.

The steps to remember are:

1. Application Form or Renewal of Charity Status (Application Form)

2. Certificate of Registration / Certificate of Incorporation

3. Entity’s Tax Registration Number  (TRN)

4. Articles of Association and memorandum of Association (entities registers with COJ before 2005); Form 1B – Articles of Incorporation to include Schedule 1; Rules; Vested Act; or any other applicable Constitution

5. Fit and Proper Questionnaire along with Certified Passport Size Pictures to be submitted by all Directors including Secretary

6. Prior year Audited Financial Statement or current unaudited financials

 

Other forms of registration

Depending on the kind of status being sought, an organisation can be either registered (as detailed above) or unregistered. There are different kinds of unregistered charities. This can be in the form of a trust, or other unincorporated entities.

To register as a trust, take constitution of your organisation to the Stamp Office (part of Tax Administration Jamaica) to get it stamped, and then take that to DCFS.

Other types of unincorporated entities can register by taking their constitution to the Registrar’s General Department to get it lodged, then take that to the DCFS to get it approved and complete the form, after which they get letter to get TRN.

 

See our article: What Qualifies As a Charity, According to Jamaican Laws?

See a list of registered charities in Jamaica: Tax Administration Jamaica’s List of Registered Charities OR Companies Office of Jamaica listing

Source: THE STAR, Jamaica’s Charities Act, Tax Administration Jamaica

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6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Gov’t hurting NHF
  2. Bank of Jamaica to call in red money
  3. Placement in full high schools for all students next year
  4. JMA renews partnership with Bureau of Standards
  5. World Bank exec to visit Jamaica
  6. Jamaica Folk Singers celebrate 50

1. Gov’t hurting NHF

Scores of Jamaicans who depend on the National Health Fund (NHF) for benefits could be at risk as the agency faces a cash crisis that has developed because it cannot collect billions of dollars from beneficiaries, including the Ministry of Health. At the end of the last fiscal year, the NHF was owed $4.5 billion, with the health ministry accounting for 94 per cent of that amount. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Bank of Jamaica to call in red money

Cabinet has approved a proposal to withdraw the one-cent, 10-cent and 25-cent coins from circulation. Information Minister Ruel Reid told a post-Cabinet press briefing today that the move is pursuant to the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Act. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

Ruel Reid

3. Placement in full high schools for all students next year

According to Education Minister Ruel Reid, there will be 100 per cent placement of all students in full high schools next year. During a visit to The Queen’s School in St Andrew on Tuesday, Reid said that this will be made possible as a result of the expansion being undertaken at certain secondary schools. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. JMA renews partnership with Bureau of Standards

The Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jamaica Bureau of Standards (BSJ), to position Jamaica as a highly competitive producer of goods and services. The JMA said it will continue to collaborate with the BSJ to provide training and technical support as part of its mandate to develop the capacity of members to improve productivity and competitiveness. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. World Bank exec to visit Jamaica

Eleven members of the World Bank Group board of executive directors will pay a two-day visit to Jamaica from tomorrow, September 14 to Saturday, September 16. The delegation, representing 98 member countries from the Caribbean, Latin America, North America, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and the Pacific, will discuss Jamaica’s development priorities, emerging opportunities and challenges. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Jamaica Folk Singers celebrate 50

The dynamism of the Jamaican Folk Singers was on full display over the weekend. From their rich repertoire, they presented a wide cross section of songs that provided more than just entertainment. It was a canvas painted with fine vocals. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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