6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Motor vehicle licence fees go up today
  2. Cops target ‘Back Road’
  3. AG spending $76m on unused place
  4. Tambourine Army calls for gender justice
  5. How much fare increase?
  6. Health insurance tax ‘worst’ – Phillips

1. Motor vehicle licence fees go up today

Motorists are to face increases today when motor vehicle licence and related fees go up, as part of the government’s J$30 billion revenue measure. An increase in the special consumption tax on petrol will also take effect on Wednesday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Cops target ‘Back Road’

‘Back Road’, the red-light district of Port Henderson Road in Portmore, St Catherine, has been red-flagged by the St Catherine South police following Saturday morning’s discovery of a 9mm pistol and the detention of more than 50 persons, including three minors among 30 females. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. AG spending $76m on unused place

The Accountant General’s Department (AGD) has so far racked up a bill of almost $76 million to lease the ground floor of the old Oceana Hotel building in downtown Kingston, which it is yet to occupy. To compound the seeming waste of taxpayers’ money, the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service agreed to pay 77 per cent more than recommended by the commissioner of lands to rent the office space and a further 39 per cent more than recommended to rent parking spaces at the facility. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Tambourine Army calls for gender justice

Co-founder of the recently formed Tambourine Army Latoya Nugent is calling for church congregations islandwide to publicly expose ministers of religion who continue to abuse women and children while using their positions in the Church to evade prosecution. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. How much fare increase?

Groups representing public transport operators are to start meeting this week to decide on the level of fare increase they will request from the Government in light of the increased taxes on gas and licences. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Health insurance tax ‘worst’ – Phillips

Opposition spokesman on Finance, Dr Peter Phillips, has labelled the tax on health insurance payments as one of the worst elements of the tax package unveiled last week. Speaking in Westmoreland last evening, Phillips used words such as scam and cruel betrayal in reference to the tax measures announced. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.