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Published: Wednesday | December 11, 2013 Comments 0

St Catherine cops on the hunt for three wanted men

The St Catherine police have renewed their call for three men said to be actively plotting the murder of persons to turn themselves in.

Those wanted are Michael Headley, otherwise called 'Dudus' or 'Tony', or 'David'; Kidan Johnson, otherwise called 'Badfram'; and Mario Duhaney, otherwise called 'Killa'.

The police say they have issued this latest appeal after crime analyses by the National Intelligence Bureau indicate that the men have been making attempts to kill other persons.

The men are allegedly responsible for many serious crimes, including murders across the country.

A reward of $100,000 is available for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of one or all of the men.

Members of the public who may have information on the whereabouts of the men are urged to report it immediately.

New tax-payment form to come on stream

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) says a single tax-payment form is to be introduced for self-employed persons by December 31.

The TAJ says the effort involves collaboration with the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the National Insurance Scheme (NIS).

The new S03 form will allow self-employed persons and individuals to complete and submit a single form to make quarterly payments for income and education taxes as well as NHT and NIS contributions.

This form can be filed at any of the 29 tax offices islandwide or online.

The first quarterly statutory payment using the new S03 form will become due on March 15 next year.

After that, quarterly payments will be due June 15, September 15, and December 15.

Society dysfunctional with unclear values - Thwaites

The Education Ministry has joined the Dunoon Technical High School in mourning Monday night's murder of 17-year-old student John-Michael Hett in Portmore, St Catherine.

According to the Constabulary Communication Network, at about 8:30 p.m., the student and two other men were walking along the Arumdel roadway in Waterford when they were pounced upon by armed men who opened fire, hitting them.

All three were taken to the Spanish Town Hospital, where the teen was pronounced dead.

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said the student's killing points to the wider issue of a dysfunctional society with unclear values.

He said young Jamaicans are very vulnerable in a context where persons resort to violence to resolve issues.

Thwaites stressed that there is even greater urgency for a values and attitudes campaign in schools and for strong mentoring through uniformed groups.

Ministry to boost health sector with new ambulances

Declaring that by 2030, Jamaica should be seen as the health hub of the Caribbean, Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson says the ministry will be seeking to purchase an additional 10 ambulances during the 2014-2015 financial year to further increase the fleet across the public-health sector.

Ferguson, who was speaking during the handing over of a new ambulance to the University Hospital of the West Indies yesterday at the ministry's head office in downtown Kingston, said: "The Centres of Excellence in primary care will be recipients of ambulances. ... This handing over is part of the solidarity in health and our commitment to building a strong health sector together."

The ambulance is one of 19 purchased this year - at a cost of US$884,323 - with funding from the National Health Fund.


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