6 Things You Need To Know Today

  1. Portia’s bittersweet speech
  2. Derek Walcott has died
  3. Tax-perity!
  4. MAJ not happy with health tax
  5. $100m lost to cybercrime
  6. Hancarts used to rescue cruise ship passengers from floods

Portia Simpson Miller

1. Portia’s bittersweet speech

In what Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller described as a “bittersweet” contribution in her final Budget Debate presentation in Gordon House yesterday, the longest current serving political representative in Parliament said that despite moments of tears and regret, her relationship with the Jamaican people has been “a lifelong love affair”. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Derek Walcott has died

Renowned writer and poet, St Lucian Sir Derek Walcott has died. Sir Derek, 87, died at home this morning after a prolonged illness, the St Lucia News Online reports. Walcott, a titan of Caribbean literature was Professor of Poetry at the University of Essex from 2010 to 2013. In 1992, he was awarded the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Tax-perity!

Seizing on the popular local term ‘tax-perity’, Portia Simpson Miller used her final address to Parliament as opposition leader to attack the ‘prosperity’ mantra of the Andrew Holness administration, arguing that the new Budget is an exploitation of the Jamaican people. Tax-perity emerged as a term critical of proposed tax measures while playing on the Holness prosperity message. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. MAJ not happy with health tax

The Government’s recent announcement to apply tax on group health insurance has not gone down well with the Medical Association of Jamaica (MAJ), which said that it feared that such a move would negatively impact the already overburdened public health-care system. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. $100m lost to cybercrime

The Cybercrimes Unit says it is expecting Jamaica to lose more than the US$100 million it lost last year due to criminal activities on the Internet. Inspector Warren Williams, head of the unit at Jamaica Constabulary Force, reported that for 2016, the country lost US$100 million and more than 200 cases of cybercrimes were reported. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Handcarts used to rescue cruise ship passengers from floods

Some cruise ship passengers who got caught in the heavy rains that lashed Falmouth, Trelawny, yesterday, flooding several roads, got a novel taste of what it is like to be transported Jamaican handcart-style. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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