Security ministry short on funds for early-retirement payments
The Ministry of National Security said it is aware of the growing concerns surrounding the non-payment of the early-retirement incentive to members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who have taken early retirement.
It is estimated that a total $500 million is needed to pay those persons expecting the benefit. However, the Ministry of Finance and Planning has allocated only $100 million for these pension payments for this financial year, the security ministry said.
CCJ to make Shanique Myrie ruling today
The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is to hand down its judgement in the Shanique Myrie case today.
The ruling by the 6-member panel will be delivered via a video conference in the Supreme Court in downtown Kingston.
Legal observers say the ruling could be a landmark one that provides clarification on the rules of travel within the region under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.
Myrie took legal action against the Barbados government alleging that she was discriminated against because of her nationality when she arrived in Barbados on March 14, 2011.
The 25-year-old Myrie also claims she was subjected to a body-cavity search in unsanitary and demeaning conditions before being detained and deported to Jamaica the next day.
The Barbadian government has denied the claims and argued at the hearing that the Jamaican woman had been untruthful to immigration department officials.
Myrie has asked the CCJ to award her almost US$500,000 in punitive damages for the treatment she received on her visit to Barbados.
Put brakes on 'party buses', says Thwaites
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is calling for the Transport Authority to remove so-called party buses from the roads.
It has recently come to light that some students have been paying up to $500 to drive around the Corporate Area on buses on which lewd music is played and sexual activities take place.
It has been reported that these buses are usually heavily tinted.
Speaking yesterday morning on 'Independent Talk' on Power 106 FM, Thwaites expressed outrage at the occurrence.
He said the Transport Authority should ramp up its activities to remove heavily tinted buses from the nation's roads.
Customs seized more than US$5,000,000 this year says Reese
The Customs Department is reporting that it has seized more than US$5,000,000 in cash since the start of the calendar year.
Commissioner of Customs, Major Richard Reese, says the money seizure was done at both the Sangster's and Norman Manley International Airports.
He says the majority of the perpetrators were coming from the United States.
Customs laws dictate that anyone travelling with US$10,000 or more, is required to complete mandatory currency-reporting forms.
Major Reese says more than $47 million in fines and forfeitures were collected for the period April to August.