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They made the news last week!

Published:Sunday | March 27, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Ruel Reid
O'neil Grant


Ruel Reid


The new Cabinet minister with responsibility for the key portfolios of education, youth and information is expected to be a frequent presence on the front pages, and he started last week as he used the first post-Cabinet media briefing to announce that the implementation of Government's new tax policy will be made public following a two-day retreat of Cabinet between March 31 and April 1. The Andrew Holness-led Jamaica Labour Party had campaigned on a promise to remove income tax from salaries up to $1.5 million and Jamaicans are eagerly awaiting the implementation, now that the party has been elected to form the Government.


Orville 'Shaggy' Burrell


The entertainer hit the front pages as he handed over a cheque for $55 million raised from his charity concert held in January to the Bustamante Hospital for Children. But Shaggy made the headlines as he charged that government red tape is one of the major obstacles preventing the hospital from receiving well-needed equipment to better serve the nation's children.


O'Neil Grant


The Jamaica Civil Service Association president led the charge by his members for the Office of the Services Commissions to withdraw a recent order mandating that civil servants must demonstrate compliance with certain corruption-prevention regulations in order to earn appointments or promotions.


Dr Christopher Tufton


The health minister announced the launch of an islandwide sensitisation and clean-up campaign to address the public health risks posed by the Zika virus as well as the H1N1 influenza virus.


Robert Montague


The national security minister was back in the news as he announced that he would be tackling the vexing issue of promotion within the Jamaica Constabulary Force amid widespread charges that the process is fraught with cronyism. Montague also made the front pages with his plan to purchase used cars for the cops instead of new ones.