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Published:Friday | September 27, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Property-tax collection drive

Parish councils, in conjunction with the Tax Administration Jamaica, have embarked on a special collection drive to enable easier payment of property tax by owners and occupiers of all properties islandwide.

This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the public will be able to pay property tax at Longville Park Plaza, Clarendon; Alligator Pond Infant and Primary School, Manchester; Runaway Bay Post Office, St Ann, and Harbour View Police Station, St Andrew.

Mona Prep opens engineering lab

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites has hailed the opening of an engineering laboratory at the Mona Preparatory School, noting that the facility will foster critical and analytical thinking in students.

Speaking at the official opening ceremony on Wednesday, at the institution's Old Hope Road premises, Thwaites said the lab "is far more appropriate for problem solving and analysis than it is for memorising and regurgitation."

Court of appeal reserves judgment

Legal submissions were completed on Wednesday in the appeal brought by bill-payment company Paymaster Jamaica Limited, which is asking the Court of Appeal to overturn a Supreme Court ruling which threw out its billion-dollar lawsuit against its competitor GraceKennedy Remittance Services and computer programmer Paul Lowe.

The Court of Appeal has reserved its decision.

Paymaster is asking the court to find that GKRS, which operates Bill Express, and Lowe infringed Paymaster's copyright to the software for its bill-payment business, which was launched in 1997.

Credit info lobbies Government

The Government is being lobbied by the country's first licensed credit bureau, Creditinfo Jamaica Limited, to sanction the addition of telecommunications and utility companies to the list of entities designated as credit-information providers under the Credit Reporting Act (2010).

Creditinfo's Chief Executive Officer Megan Deane explained that the lobby is being pursued against the need for information on persons who have no credit history.

NWC water disruptions

The National Water Commission has advised that as a result of electrical challenges, customers served by the Cue Pumping Station in Hanover, are experiencing a disruption in their water supply.

The NWC said it working assiduously to resolve the challenges and restore water to the affected communities by Thursday, October 3.

Areas affected include: Mount Piece, Cue, Clifton, Askenish, Bailey Hill, Mount Piece, Dias, Cacoon, Water Cress, Richmond, Blenheim, Williamsfield, and Greenland.

Vigilante justice is murder - Scott

"Vigilante justice is not justice, it is murder," exclaimed the Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of Clarendon Michael Scott.

His pronouncement comes after last Tuesday's mob killing of a man in the neighbouring Mullet Hall community by residents who accused him of raping and murdering a young woman.

Scott told residents in a community meeting in Summerfield, Chapelton, Thursday evening that "people who participate in mob killings are just as bad as a murderer who uses a gun."