The Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) is giving the Government the thumbs up for the passing of the first International Monetary Fund (IMF) test, saying it was encouraged.
It also lauds the Government and the independent oversight committee, headed by Richard Byles, for ensuring Jamaica is on the right track.
"The association is appeased that Jamaica's fiscal performance exceeded projections and urges the Government to continue on the path to ensuring that the pillars of the IMF agreement are met," the JMA said.
But even while it commended the Government, the JMA called for the implementation of policies that "will stimulate investment, create well-needed employment and put Jamaica on a path for growth, as this is the real measure of success".
Outgoing ambassador commends Hanna on work to strengthen Cuba-Ja relationship
The outgoing Cuban ambassador to Jamaica, Yuri Gala López, has commended Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna on the work she has been doing to strengthen the relationship between Jamaica and Cuba.
"In less than two years, the bilateral relationship has been enhanced and strengthened, and I'm very proud of that and look forward to a fruitful and sustaining relationship moving forward," the ambassador said during a farewell courtesy call at the Ministry of Youth and Culture on Wednesday.
Raymond Wilson, chairman of the Police Federation, offered his "profound and sincere apology" to the family of Jessica King, who was reportedly shot and killed by Detective Corporal Lincoln McCoy on the afternoon of Wednesday, August 14, near the entrance to the Errol Flynn Marina in Portland.
Wilson met with the men and women of the Port Antonio divisional office Thursday afternoon.
"It is an unfortunate incident," commented Wilson.
He added: "Something bad has happened and we now need to find a way to deal with it ourselves."
Wilson urged the police to ensure that every level of support is afforded to the family of the deceased, who were obviously still in shock over the incident.
Additionally, he urged them to also support the family of the policeman, who were also going through a rough period and might be finding it hard to come to grips with the unexpected tragic incident.
The first property-tax compliance community fair by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development will be staged today at Pines Plaza in Junction, St Elizabeth, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public will be able to pay property taxes to the Collector of Taxes.
They can expect to see the Heart Foundation and the Registrar General's Department, which will be accepting applications and taking queries. The St Elizabeth Parish Council, the Land Administration and Management Programme, the National Housing Trust, and H.D. Hopwood will be among other entities taking part.
The public is being asked to pay property taxes to avoid penalties, which may include property seizure, and court action.