They made the news last week!
The minister of finance and the public service dominated the news last week before and after his opening of the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives. Shaw in his presentation unveiled new revenue measures aimed at raising $13.7 billion to help fund the $580-billion Budget. At the same time, the Government will be giving up $12.5 billion by increasing the income tax threshold from the current $592,800 to $1 million come July 1, as the Jamaica Labour Party moves to fulfil its campaign promise of a $1.5-million income tax break, which will now apply to PAYE earners across the board.
The local government minister was dragged into the news last week as he was forced to issue a 30-day stop order on the construction of the Blue Diamond Royalton Hotel in Negril, Hanover. McKenzie has ordered an investigation following the collapse of the decking of the building, which left five construction workers injured.
The former Jamaica Labour Party caretaker for Westmoreland Central left Labourites in shock last week after news broke that she was suspected to have committed suicide at her Long Mountain home in St Andrew. According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Corporate Communications Unit, Reid-Jacobs is believed to have ingested a chemical substance at her residence and was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead hours later.
The renowned cricket journalist who, for more than five decades, brought cricket reports to the world, was the subject of the news last week after passing away at age 75. Cozier, who left behind his wife, Jillian, and children, Natalie and Craig, died at the Bayview Hospital where he had been admitted for his last few days.
The senior superintendent of police in charge of St James was in the news yet another week, as he and his team try to figure out how to stem the violence in the parish. The latest initiative is a police-supervised curfew targeting the volatile communities of Rose Heights and Mt Salem. The project will see youngsters under the age of 17 years old who are spotted idling after 9 p.m. being ushered off the streets.