6 Things You Need To Know Today

  1. Tambourine Army co-founder granted bail, released from hospital
  2. JCDC executive director Delroy Gordon passes
  3. Portia’s last Budget speech
  4. Income tax filing deadline extended
  5. Kartel, co-accused get go-ahead to appeal conviction, sentence
  6. Gov’t relents on public sector pension

1. Tambourine Army co-founder granted bail, released from hospital

The case against co-founder of advocacy group Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent, was not called up in court yesterday because she was hospitalised. Nugent was arrested and charged on Tuesday with malicious use of computers, under the Cybercrimes Act, by detectives attached to the Counter-Terrorism and Organised Crime Investigation Branch. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. JCDC executive director Delroy Gordon dies

The executive director of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Delroy Gordon has died. Gordon died suddenly this morning. It is reported that he had earlier complained about a headache. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Portia’s last Budget speech

President of the People’s National Party, Portia Simpson Miller, will today make her final contribution to a budget debate as opposition leader as she prepares to hand over the reins of the party to Dr Peter Phillips later this month. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Income tax filing deadline extended

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has extended the deadline to Saturday, March 25 to file final 2016 income tax returns and the estimated returns for 2017. Business owners, self-employed persons, partnerships, companies and employed individuals with other sources of income or multiple employment,  will now have until then to file their returns before the interest and penalties are applied. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Kartel, co-accused get go-ahead to appeal conviction, sentence

A Court of Appeal judge has granted permission for convicted dancehall artiste Vybz Kartel and his three co-accused to appeal against their conviction and sentences. Kartel, whose real name is Adidja Palmer, fellow entertainer Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St John are all serving life sentences for the murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Gov’t relents on public sector pension

A crucial amendment has been made to the Pensions (Public Service) Act, 2016, with the Government yielding to a chorus of appeals from public-sector workers to implement the five per cent contribution on a phased basis. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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