New vending spaces for Christmas
The Kingston and St Andrew Corporation is preparing to put in additional vending spaces for Christmas.
Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke said, with the anticipated usual increase in activity in the market district, temporary vending will be allowed in the vicinity of St William Grant Park and in North, East, and West Parade.
"This is not a call for all and sundry to set up shop in these areas. In fact, all persons must be authorised to do so and pre-registered, and are not expected to be new players in the market," Brown Burke declared on Tuesday.
Handcart markets are now illegal
Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke on Tuesday announced that handcarts operating as markets on wheels are now illegal.
Burke, who was speaking during the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) monthly meeting, said that following several consultations, the corporation has arrived at a final decision.
"All handcarts conveying goods will be required to be registered with the KSAC. Handcart operators are required to pay an annual registration fee of $3,000. This is the same fee as paid by vendors operating inside the markets," she said.
Brown Burke also pointed out that there will be no additional fees.
Works portfolio assigned to Eastern Westmoreland MP
Eastern Westmoreland Member of Parliament Luther Buchanan has been temporarily assigned to the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.
A statement issued by the ministry on Tuesday said Buchanan, who is state minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, is to oversee the works portfolio of the ministry.
His transfer to the works ministry follows the resignation of Richard Azan as state minister. Azan quit the job two weeks ago in the wake of public pressure arising from his admission to facilitating the illegal construction of shops in Spaldings, located in his North West Clarendon constituency.
$9.9b paid to public sector workers since 2013 - Dalley
Minister without portfolio in the finance ministry Horace Dalley said the Government has paid over $9.9 billion to public sector workers since the start of the year.
In a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Dalley said the payment includes $144.18 million to the West Indies Group of University Teachers to cover a five per cent arrears.
He also said $3.78 billion has been paid over to public-sector workers as part payment of a seven per cent arrears.
Dalley said two tranches amounting to $7.6 billion remains to be paid.