Manchester police boost security for the festive season
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With a need to strengthen relationship with the business community, the Manchester Chamber of Commerce recently met with members of the security forces to formalise plans for securing the safety of individuals.
According to Superintendent of Police Wayne Cameron, the parish is divided into zones and will be manned by deputy superintendents.
"What we do is to tie the resources together in such a way that each station does not operate in isolation of the other stations. A part of our efforts, as well, is to continue our push to find our main violence producers and remove them from the streets," said Cameron.
He said there will be an increase in the number of police personnel operating in public space to deal with anti-vending and other issues, noting that greater attention will be paid to highway patrol stop and search.
As is known, shoppers and sellers alike will be handling large sums of cash during the period, but the police are beseeching individuals to be careful with how business is being transacted in the public.
"... All the time we ask of business people to request the assistance of the police when they're travelling with large sums of money," said Cameron, adding that this service will come at no cost to anyone who requests it.
The police also stated that persons such as hairdressers, barbers and gas pump attendants must pay keen attention to how they expose large sums of cash in the presence of customers.
In addition to ensuring the safety of all citizens, the police say they are enforcing a new curfew time, 6:30 p.m. for children who are not accompanied by an adult.
Belgium-held meetings focused on trades
Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Honourable Kamina Johnson Smith, was in Brussels, Belgium, recently for a series of African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP)-European Union (EU) meetings, focused on key trade issues.
During her statement to the Joint ACP-EU Ministerial Trade Committee (JMTC), the minister, in her capacity as chair of CARIFORUM, highlighted the challenges faced by the Caribbean region, which affect not only implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the EU, but also the capacity to reap the contemplated benefits.
"The implementation of the EPA is a top priority for CARIFORUM States," affirmed Minister Johnson Smith. She highlighted, however, that, "the institutional, capacity and structural challenges at both the national and regional levels have contributed to CARIFORUM States not being able to fully convert the market access offered by the EPA into meaningful market presence."
The minister, while noting that "the agreement had not yet had the anticipated impact on overall trade between CARIFORUM and the EU", also acknowledged the benefits to be derived from trade-related capacity-building programmes.
Prior to the joint meeting, Johnson Smith attended the two-day ACP Trade Ministers meeting, where the implication of Brexit for the EPAs signed with the EU was the main topic of discussion.
Delays in accessing motor vehicle titles
Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) has advised that members of the public may experience delays over the next few weeks in obtaining a motor vehicle title.
According to TAJ, these delays are the result of technical difficulties being encountered with the printing of the titles.
The overseas-based service provider dispatched a technical team, which visited the island recently to assess the problem and have begun to take steps to address same.
"Individuals requiring a motor vehicle title to conduct transactions with a financial institution may contact the tax office where the application was made. TAJ apologises for any inconvenience this system fault may cause, as it works to resolve the issue and work with the service provider to implement the necessary fixes in the shortest possible time," said a release from TAJ.
For more information persons may contact the TAJ Customer Care Centre at 1-888-Tax-Help (1-888-829-4357) toll-free or visit the website at www.jamaicatax.gov.jm.