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JMA supports joint tax bill

The Jamaica Manufacturer’s Association, JMA, says it is in full support of the joint tax bills passed in parliament, last week.

The government says the tax collection and tax penalties acts are part of a sustained effort at tax reform aimed at transforming the culture of tax evasion and non-compliance.

Cops found guilty

Eight policemen have been found guilty of failing to comply with a lawful request from the independent commission of investigations, INDECOM.

The police officers are Orrette Williamson, Gerville Williams, Francis Rennalls, Devon Noble, David Hutchinson, Petro Green, Marcel Dixon and Kenneth Daley.

INDECOM's request emanated from an investigation into the fatal shooting of two civilians in August 2010.

St Andrew fire destroys building

At least one building was destroyed by a major bushfire which began raging through sections of Jacks Hill and Westphalia in St Andrew yesterday.The building was part of an informal settlement.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says units from the fire brigade supported by the Jamaica Defence Force and the National Water Commission helped in the fight against the blaze.

ODPEM said last night that constant vigilance was being maintained as windy conditions pose a threat of further spread.

Bunting calls on church to help boys

National security minister Peter Bunting has called on churches to help steer fatherless boys away from a life of crime.

Mr Bunting says boys who grow up fatherless are more likely to be involved in deviant behaviours that will eventually lead to a rise in the country’s crime rate.

The minister called on churches to join together to steer Jamaican youths in the right direction and make them productive citizens.

He was speaking at the national men’s march of the Open Bible Standard Churches of Jamaica in Kingston yesterday.

JLP selects candidates for upcoming elections

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)  says it is much closer to election readiness following the selection of candidates for the upcoming general and local government elections.

The JLP’s central executive, which is the highest decision making body of the party outside of conference met yesterday to select seven candidates for the general election and 19 local government candidates. Local government elections are due by April next year.

Alleged gang member shot dead

A man was shot and killed by unknown assailants at his home in Caanan Heights Clarendon yesterday (July 27).

Dead is 28 year old Solomon Williams of Canaan Heights.

Reports from the May Pen police are that about 8:00 p.m. armed men entered Williams home and opened fire, hitting him several times to the upper body.

Residents heard explosions and called the police.

Williams was pronounced dead at hospital.

Man dies after jumping into shallow end of a pool

The St. Ann police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man in Salem, early this morning (July 27).

Dead is 35 year old carpenter, Oniel Walker, also known as Ice Water, of Back Salem. 

Reports are that a pool party was being held at a premises in Salem.

The police went and told the organisers that they had to close it down at 2:00 a.m.

Opposition questions if Jamaica is really Independent

Opposition Spokesperson on National Security Derrick Smith is lamenting that despite gaining independence in 1962, Jamaica is yet to be free to make its own decisions.

Mr. Smith made the observation while at the National Independence Thanksgiving Service at the Open Bible Church in Kingston this morning (July 27).

The Opposition Spokesman was reacting to aspects of the message delivered by Culture Minister Lisa Hanna, on behalf of the Prime Minister.

St. Ann Parish Council reports success with compliance drive

The chairman of the St. Ann Parish Council is reporting success following a drive last week to improve compliance with trade licence requirements.

Desmond Gilmore says the primary focus of the drive, which was conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, was to ensure that business operators were up to date with their trade

licences.

One of two children recently abducted and murdered is laid to rest

12 year old Omar sterling is to be laid to rest today (July 27) in a service being held at the Norwood Estate Seventh Day Adventist Church in St. James 

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