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  1. Property tax revision welcome
  2. New police chief gets warm welcome
  3. British man held on drug charges
  4. Judge frustrated with Mario Deane case delays
  5. Marley company wins coffee royalty case
  6. United Ailrlines CEO apologises

1. Property tax revision welcome

The Government used its superior numbers in Parliament yesterday to pass the Property Tax (Amendment) Act, 2017, after the parliamentary Opposition called for a divide at the committee stage, forcing House Speaker Pearnel Charles to put the proposed law to a vote. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. New police chief gets warm welcome

Incoming Police Commissioner George Quallo yesterday received a warm welcome in the House of Parliament from both sides of the political divide, signalling high expectations of the new police chief. National Security Minister Robert Montague declared that Quallo’s appointment was a new phase in Jamaica’s rebuilding process. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. British man held on drug charges

Detectives assigned to the Narcotics Division have arrested and charged a British man for breaches of the Dangerous Drugs Act at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. He is 41-year-old Desmond Llewelyn Winter, a Telecom and Information Technology Engineer of Marvell House, South London, England. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Judge frustrated with Mario Deane case delays

The presiding judge in the case against three cops implicated in the death of Mario Deane is expressing frustration about the delays in having the matter heard. When Corporal Elaine Stewart and district constables Juliana Clevon and Marlon Grant appeared in court on Monday, the case was deferred until May 29. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Marley company wins coffee royalty case

Jammin Java Corp, which previously traded as Marley Coffee, announced the resignation of its CEO, Brent Toevs, along with a legal order for the company to pay more than US$371,000 in royalties to the Marley-owned entity called 56 Hope Road. The court award, mentioned in market filings in the United States, equates to nearly $48 million in Jamaican currency. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. United Airlines CEO apologises

The CEO of United Airlines has apologised what he said is the truly horrific removal of a passenger from an overbooked flight. Oscar Munoz said he continues to be disturbed by the incident, during which a passenger was forcibly dragged, screaming, off a plane. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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