6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. No new taxes -Shaw
  2. #MoravianSexScandal: Pastor gets 8 years in prison
  3. Church plans to counter Carnival
  4. Free-for-all NIF – Contractor General
  5. IMF to deliver Ja assessment today
  6. PNP calls for retabling of Harassment Bill

1. No new taxes – Shaw

Armed with the traditional pink book, which usually contains the dreaded revenue measures, Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw yesterday paraded the tax book before Parliament. But on the cover was emblazoned ‘No new taxes’. Shaw, in his inimitable ‘man-a yaad’ style, led Government members in a chorus of ‘No new taxes!’ as they seemingly taunted their opposition counterparts in parliamentary banter. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. #MoravianSexScandal: Clarke gets 8 years in prison

Moravian pastor Rupert Clarke has been sentenced to eight years in prison on two counts of having sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 16 years old. The sentences are to run at the same time which means Clarke will only serve eight years in prison. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Church plans to counter Carnival

As a direct counteraction to the annual carnival road march that some say contributes to havoc in Jamaica, the local church community is fine-tuning plans for a massive parade in the Corporate Area on October 27 this year. The event is months away, but organisers, Maranatha Ministries, anticipate a mega turnout of thousands from every denomination – an idea copied from an event in Canada called Jesus in the City, Toronto, hence the chosen name for the parade, Jesus in the City, Jamaica. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Free-for-all NIF – Contractor general

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has released a damning report of possible cronyism and corruption at the National Insurance Fund (NIF), with billions of taxpayers’ dollars now at risk. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. IMF to deliver Ja assessment today

A team from the International Monetary Fund is today expected to announce that the government has passed its third test under the stand-by arrangement (SBA) with the Fund. The IMF team is to hold a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister at 11 o’clock this morning. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. PNP calls for retabling of Harassment Bill

Opposition leader Dr Peter Philips is calling on the Andrew Holness administration to immediately retable the Sexual Harassment Bill as part of efforts to arrest this scourge in Jamaica. As Jamaica joined the rest of the world in marking International Women’s Day yesterday, Phillips used a media briefing to argue that the bill, which was tabled under the People’s National Party in 2016, is not just about sexual harassment in the workplace. He said that the legislation should include sexual harassment in all public spaces so that women would feel protected and supported by the law. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.