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  1. Ja records 4.4% inflation April to June
  2. Montague to meet with police disgruntled at JCF Act
  3. North-South highway toll increases up to 31%
  4. Jamaicans will design, build new Parliament building
  5. Gov’t asks public input on plastic ban
  6. Two Western Union outlet to be closed

1. Ja records 4.4% inflation April to June

Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Brian Wynter says the country recorded an inflation rate of 4.4 per cent during the April to June quarter. Wynter says this was slightly above the 4.1 per cent recorded in the previous quarter. He says the rate for the quarter is on track to fall within the Bank’s target range of four to six per cent for the 2017-18 financial year. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Montague to meet with police disgruntled at JCF Act

National Security Minister Robert Montague is to meet with the Jamaica Police Federation Thursday to discuss concerns about changes to the Constabulary Force Act. Under the amended Act, sub-officers and constables are now required to give six months’ notice of their intention to resign or face a possible fine of $250,000 or three months in prison. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. North-South highway toll increases up to 31%

The Government has confirmed receipt of a request for an up to 31 per cent increase in toll rate for the North-South Highway due to take effect on September 9. In a press release issued yesterday, Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry stated that he received the final application from the operators of the toll road. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Jamaicans will design, build new Parliament building

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) says that the new Parliament building will be definitely designed and built by Jamaicans, a position, it argues, that was always held, but which was lost in the ‘noise’ of public controversy over whether there would be foreign help. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Gov’t asks public input on plastic ban

Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee, chairman of the multistakeholder working group on Public Feedback on Plastic Packaging Materials, is calling for greater engagement on this issue by the average Jamaican in order to properly inform the final report to be submitted to the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Two Western Union outlets to be closed

In an effort to further enhance its network oversight and the protection of customers, GraceKennedy Money Services (GKMS) and Western Union will be ceasing money transfer services at two additional locations in St. Catherine. The affected locations are both in Spanish Town. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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