The Finance Minister, Audley Shaw, left the island this afternoon to attend the annual World Bank /IMF meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.
Petrojam has announced that gasolene prices are to go down by $1.50 cents for another week.
The heads of the nations business and productive sectors want the Government to quickly implement measures to reduce the effects of the impending civil service cut.
Financial analysts are weighing-in on the decision to increase the GCT on telephone services and accessories from 20 per cent to 25 per cent.
There are different views from two trade union leaders after the announcement that there will be cuts in public sector.
The prime minister Bruce Golding has given the clearest indication yet that the civil service will be cut.
The Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller has criticized some of the measures put forward by the finance minister Audley Shaw to finance the additional $6 billion in the budget.
President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Wayne Cummings says a 80 per cent increase in the departure tax is reasonable at this time.
The National Workers Union, NWU, is raising several concerns relating to the divestment of Air Jamaica.
The 29-year-old man who was captured on Television Jamaica (TVJ) chopping another man did not go to court yesterday as was expected.
Jamaicans will be required to pay more in general consumption tax (GCT) on telephones and accessories and departure tax as part of the government’s efforts to finance the increase in the budget.
The Opposition Leader Portia Simpson-Miller in her contribution to the debate said the government’s interest rate policy had set up the country for a massive fiscal deficit.
David Smith, the former boss of the embattled foreign exchange trading club Olint, is now in jail in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI).
Another British legal luminary has commented on the controversial issue of whether Jamaica should retain the United Kingdom based Privy Council as the country’s final appellate court.
National Security Minister Dwight Nelson says changes are being made to the current assignment of security personnel to make more members of the Constabulary Force available to fight crime.
The Consumer Affairs Commission is advising of a recall in the United States of Tylenol for infants and children.
Thirty eight year old labourer Noel Simpson who was accused of fatally shooting his landlord in downtown Kingston has been freed of the murder charge.
The Tourism Ministry is to dig into the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) for approximately $900 million to top up its budget for overseas marketing.
The Finance Minister Audley Shaw today provided more information on the factor that could lead to a cut in the size of the civil service.
There was a squabble in the debates on the Supplementary Estimates as the Opposition demanded an update of stolen sand from a beach in Trelawny.
The nation is still waiting to hear from the government as to how it plans to fund the 2009/2010 budget.
The Jamaica Teacher’s Association (JTA) today signed off on the government’s salary payment schedule for public sector teachers.
The Broadcasting Commission has ordered cable operators to compensate customers who had paid for HBO and Cinemax channels, which have been discontinued.
A 50 year old fugitive who fled the United States last year after fraud related charges were laid against him, was this morning held in St James by a police team.
The Government and the Opposition are now engaged in a robust debate at the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament as they review the Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure.