Buy Jamaica to boost economy - Azan
Former Jamaica Manufacturers' Association President Omar Azan is encouraging the Government and consumers to stop buying imported products to reverse the decline in the economy and the manufacturing sector.
On Wednesday, the Planning Institute of Jamaica reported that the economy contracted by about 0.4 per cent in the April-June 2013 quarter, when compared with the corresponding quarter in 2012.
Azan says the country must curtail imports and buy local goods.
He explains that it costs less for manufacturers to bring in raw materials than to import a finished product.
'Toots' Hibbert files US$20m lawsuit for concert injury
Virginia , United states (AP):Grammy-winning reggae artiste Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert is suing several organisations after he was injured during a May concert in Richmond, Virginia, in the United States.
Hibbert filed the US$20-million lawsuit in Richmond Circuit Court against Venture Richmond and Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers Inc.
The suit also names security provider Regional Marketing Concepts Inc and another company which provided concessions for the concert.
The leader of Toots and the Maytals was struck in the head with a tossed vodka bottle while he performed on Brown's Island in James River. After suffering a deep head cut, Hibbert cancelled the remaining dates on his tour and returned to Jamaica.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Venture Richmond objected on Monday to the allegation of negligence, saying the teen charged is solely responsible.
PATH to cushion effects of fare increase for rural students
Rural students benefiting from the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) will now be able to access a special transportation allowance.
Labour and Social Security Minister Derrick Kellier said in light of the recent increase in public-transportation fares, this initiative will offset a large portion of the costs to send children to school.
"While all children in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, including those who are on PATH, are subsidised by the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, there's no similar subsidy for children in the rural areas," Kellier said.
No further fare increase, says transport minister
The transport minister says associations representing public-passenger vehicle operators should not waste their time asking for any further adjustments in fares.
Bus and taxi associations have complained about the 25 per cent, across-the-board increase for the sector, calling it woefully inadequate.
At least one group has indicated that it plans to submit a request for a new fare structure.
However, Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies says such a move would be fruitless.
He maintains that the 25 per cent is the best the Government can do at this time.
Bus and taxi associations insist they need a higher fare increase to help cover escalating costs.