6 Things You Need To Know Today

  1. Tambourine Army leader arrested and charged
  2. Cops awaiting retirement money to be paid this financial year
  3. ‘Health insurance cost hike will kill patients ‘
  4. AG Department to be restructured
  5. Female foreigner fall from sailboat, dies
  6. Tax collection successful

1. Tambourine Army leader arrested and charged

The police have arrested controversial figure and co-founder of the advocacy group Tambourine Army, Latoya Nugent. Head of the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime (CTOC) Investigation Branch Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifford Chambers confirmed that Nugent was arrested and charged yesterday. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Cops awaiting retirement money to be paid this financial year

Former members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who are retired and have been waiting for their retirement money are to be paid in the upcoming financial year. Cabinet has approved the payment of an additional $310 million in the 2017-18 financial year to 54 ex-JCF members, under the Early Retirement Incentive Scheme. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. ‘Health insurance cost hike will kill patients’

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips has described as “pernicious”, the new tax on group health insurance premiums. Noting that Jamaica’s health system is grossly inadequate to provide proper services to citizens, Phillips argued that no government in the past has ever taxed health insurance premiums. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. AG Department to be restructured

The Cabinet has approved the restructuring of the Attorney General’s Department as part of the Government’s plan to centralise legal service in the public sector. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Female foreigner falls from sailboat, dies

Tragedy struck at the Errol Flynn mega yacht marina in Port Antonio yesterday afternoon when a foreign national fell from a pole aboard a vessel and reportedly crashed through the deck. The police have not yet revealed the identity or nationality of the foreigner, but they have confirmed that the person involved is a female crew member. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Tax collection successful

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is reporting an 88 per cent success rate in attempts to recover outstanding taxes from delinquent payers in St Catherine. With support from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA), the TAJ says it targeted 133 taxpayers described as chronically delinquent in the parish. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.