6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Remittance blow? Proposed US tax on remittances
  2. More extraditions coming
  3. Eight extradited for lottery scamming
  4. Fisherfolk dissatisfied with compensation
  5. Grange ‘was not aware’ of details of $15m contract
  6. $492m flood damage bill

1. Remittance blow? Proposed US tax on remittances

Don’t expect “strong” opposition from the Jamaican diaspora in the United States to legislation proposed to tax remittances sent to countries like Jamaica, Irwine Clare, a key New York member, said. The tax would be used to fund the wall President Donald Trump campaigned on and insists will be built at the US border with Mexico to curb illegal immigration. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. More extraditions coming

United States (US) Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno today delivered an ominous warning to Jamaicans who are involved in the lottery scam. Moreno revealed that a special taskforce established by US authorities to crack down on the advance fee or lottery scam has “thousands of cases under investigation”. “Expect hundreds of extraditions,” declared the top American diplomat in the island. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Eight extradited for lottery scamming

Eight Jamaicans, including a police constable, who are accused of being part of a lottery scam network that fleeced scores of elderly American citizens out of US$5.6 million, or nearly J$500 million, are to be extradited to the United States today, law-enforcement officials have revealed. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Fisherfolk dissatisfied with compensation

“Not close to satisfactory” are the words Novlette Mighty, president of Greenwich Town Fishing Group, used to describe the payment package being offered by Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) to compensate fisherfolk for the hindrances caused by the dredging process being carried out in their area. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Grange ‘was not aware’ of details of $15m contract

Culture Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange said though she did not know the details, she knew that Trevor Nairne, the partner in a company involving one of her senior advisers, was contracted by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) to be artistic director for the 2016 Grand Gala that cost approximately $63 million. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. $492m flood damage bill

The bill so far for the damage left by weekend floods is approximately $492 million, Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has told the Parliament. Clarendon, the most affected parish, has returned a bill of $86.3 million. McKenzie updated the House of Representatives on the effects of the floods caused by 48 hours of weekend rains. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.