6 Things You Need To Know Today – June 17, 2016


  1. Tax Changes For Heavy Fuel Oil Had Minimal Impact On Electricity Bill Increase – Shaw. Reacting to concerns that the raising of taxes on fuel has resulted in the spike in electricity bills consumers will face this month, Finance Minister Audley Shaw is arguing that the increase in special consumption tax (SCT) on heavy fuel oil (HFO) is only a nominal percentage of the rate increase the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) announced last week…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. St Thomas Relief – Holness Declares Highway Still Coming To Parish In Southeast. Faced with concerns that St Thomas was being treated as the ‘forgotten parish’ once again, Prime Minister Andrew Holness used a press conference yesterday to assure residents that they would get a highway, though not on the scale once imagined…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. Parliament Pays Tribute To Veteran Gleaner Journalists. The Jamaican Parliament has formally paid tribute to Gary Spaulding and Glenroy Sinclair, two Gleaner journalists who died last week, hours apart. The leaders of both sides of the House of Representatives hailed the veteran former members of the Fourth Estate for their professionalism and efforts in chronicling the life of the country…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Gov’t To Amend Constitution For Employment Of Retired Judges. If the Government gets its way, more than 20 judges who have retired could be employed as part of a thrust to cut the backlog of cases burdening the justice system. Speaking in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck, announced that an amendment to the Constitution will be proposed to allow for some judges to sit beyond the statutory retirement age of 70…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. Caricel, Spectrum Authority Differ Over Paymen For Licence – Former Cable & Wireless Executive Tapped As Chairman Of New Telecoms. Information from Patrick Bailey, an attorney representing Symbiote Investments Limited, the holding company for emerging telecoms Caricel, appears at odds with Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) over whether an initial payment was made for the issue of a spectrum licence…Read more Jamaica-Gleaner.com 
  6. Say, ‘Yeh, Wi Sorry’ – Tivoli Residents Want Personal Apologies From Golding, Saunders, Ellington. A resident of Tivoli Gardens has singled out former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, retired army chief Major General Stewart Saunders, and former Police Commissioner Owen Ellington as the individuals who should personally apologise to the people of west Kingston for the actions of the security forces during the May 2010 operations…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com