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Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM

School term to be extended

The Ministry of Education said it will be extending the school term for schools in regions one and two because of the impact of the chikungunya virus on school attendance.

According to a statement from the ministry, it is yet to decide on the specific extension period, but that information will be made public as soon as possible.

Kingston and St Andrew comprise Region One, while Portland, St Thomas, and St Mary comprise Region Two. These parishes had been the worst affected by the chikungunya virus rocking Jamaica.

British nationals in court for credit card fraud

Detectives attached to the Fraud Squad have charged 38-year-old Chantelle Mulrain and her 17-year-old daughter, both British nationals, after they reportedly used a forged credit card while at a hotel on Saturday, October 11.

Reports are that last Wednesday, the women checked in at the hotel and spent two nights. During that time, they benefited from meals amounting to US$1,600 using the forged credit card.

It was at that time that the hotel manager discovered that the credit card was forged and alerted the police.

Both are charged for obtaining credit by fraud and are to appear in the Corporate Area Resident Magistrate's Court today.

TAJ seizes three vehicles

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) yesterday carried out a seizure operation against Shur Power Generators & Engine Manufacturing Company Limited for outstanding PAYE and Education Tax of just over J$4 million.

The action was taken as the delinquent taxpayer had not honoured its obligations and failed to comply with a court order that was issued in 2012.

TAJ, through its Special Enforcement Team (SET), in collaboration with the court bailiff, seized three vehicles belonging to the company.

The SET, which operates islandwide, is mandated to handle all recovery matters relating to chronically delinquent taxpayers for various tax breaches.

Taxpayers are encouraged to speak with TAJ to make suitable arrangements if they are faced with difficulties in honouring their tax obligations to avoid enforcement action.