They made the news
The finance minister has been a constant in the news ever since the Jamaica Labour Party won the February 25 general election, and last week was no different. Shaw tabled the 2016-2017 Estimates of Expenditure during the first sitting of Parliament for the new fiscal year with a promise that the nation will hear about the promised $1.5 million tax break when he opens the Budget Debate on May 12.
The member of parliament for South West St Catherine made the news in controversial fashion last week, as he normally does, after being sworn in as state minister with responsibility for works in the Office of the Prime Minister, in a ceremony where the private media were not invited.
The former national security minister was in the news last week defending his decision to issue certificates to army personnel, which purportedly grant them immunity from prosecution for the use of mortars during the 2010 security forces operation in west Kingston. Bunting said he acted under the Emergency Powers Regulations, but lawyers for INDECOM had argued that he exceeded his authority.
Marlon 'Duppy Film' Perry
The country's most-wanted man caught the attention of the nation last week as he was the subject of a massive joint police/military operation. Perry managed to escape the dragnet, but two men believed to be his cronies were not as lucky as one was fatally shot while the other was captured.
The country last week lost another veteran trade unionist when former People's National Party Member of Parliament Derrick Rochester, who once headed the National Workers' Union, died after a long illness.