6 Things You Need To Know Today – January 18, 2013

Fly Jamaica cabin crew smile for the camera at the launch on Thursday.
(Colin Hamilton/Freelance Photographer)
  1. Cash Grab – Millions In Unauthorised Overtime Payments Uncovered In Public Sector.  More than $100 million in unauthorised overtime payments within the public sector has been unearthed by the Auditor General’s Department..  Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis, in her annual report tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, pointed to two massive overtime bills in the ministries of Finance and the Public Service, Security as well as Labour and Social Security…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. Poor Management Of State Agencies Burdens Taxpayers.  Taxpayers continue to be saddled with massive cost burdens in the public sector brought on by the poor management of state-run entities by some public servants.  Approximately $350 million in unapproved expenditure was paid by various state agencies, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has found.  “The audits identified 15 entities with unapproved expenditure totaling $194.3 million, GBP 1.1 million, and US$1.7 million,” Monroe Ellis said in her report to Parliament…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Most Corporate Area Businesses Not Registered.  With the Government desperately seeking ways to increase its tax revenues, Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke has revealed that the majority of businesses in the Corporate Area are not registered.”The number of businesses which are not paying are actually those that are not registered, which is about 60 per cent, so here we have individuals who are not caught in the tax net at all, which suggests that this is a problem that is even bigger than the KSAC,” she told The Gleaner yesterday…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. NCB Drops Cambios As Clients.  National Commercial Bank (NCB) of Jamaica has told Jamaica’s cambio sector that it no longer wants their business, setting off a firestorm in the foreign-exchange market.  The Cambio Association of Jamaica has turned to the minister of finance to intervene and to mediate a resolution.  NCB is reportedly taking steps to close accounts for companies registered as money-service businesses…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. OUR Wants Digicel To Address Voicemail Glitches.  Telecommunications company Digicel has acknowledged that there are glitches in the voicemail system it recently introduced.  The admission came yesterday evening after the Office of Utilities Regulations (OUR), gave the company until next week Thursday, to respond to customer complaints about deficiencies in its service…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Fly Jamaica Ready To Soar!  After 14 months of working assiduously to meet rigorous regulatory aviation requirements, Fly Jamaica Airways will officially take to the skies on Friday, January 25, with its inaugural flight scheduled to depart for the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York…read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com