When did a swim suit become major news?

December 18th, 2014

Imagine how shocking it was for many persons to see our very own Minister of Youth and Culture, Lisa Hanna, in a picture wearing a bathing suit on the beach. Yes! Imagine being in a swim suit on the beach. How preposterous! It caused such a stir that it practically became “prime” news. Let’s just [...]

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What do you think of the Prime Minister’s most recent address to the nation?

January 11th, 2013

On Sunday January 6, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller gave an address to the nation. This address has been shot down by several individuals and organizations who believe that it lacked depth, and failed to give the country to a better understanding of the complications with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) deal, among other things. [...]

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What happens if Jamaica does not get IMF deal?

November 6th, 2012

An agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been the only solution I have heard Jamaica’s previous and current Government come up with for dealing with the country’s economic problems. Although the public has been constantly told that there is nothing to worry about and that the deal will be finalised soon, many issues [...]

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Is the minimum wage increase sufficient?

August 13th, 2012

A minimum wage increase will take effect on September 3, 2012. The minimum wage will be increased from $6,655 per 40-hour work week to $7,239.40 for industrial security guards and $4,500 to $5,000 for everyone else. Labour Minister Derrick Kellier made this announcement recently in Parliament, and stated that the Government considered certain factors including [...]

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No tax on printed materials

June 7th, 2012

It was recently announced that General Consumption Tax will now be applied to nearly all printed materials. This includes some textbooks that are not on the Ministry of Education’s recommended book list for schools. Personally, I think this is a wrong move by the government and I am not happy about it at all. Why? [...]

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What do you think of the private sector tax-reform proposal?

May 21st, 2012

Recently, the Private Sector Working Group (PSWG), made a tax-reform proposal. However, several individuals have criticized some aspects of this proposal because they believe it is essentially anti-poor. The PSWG has struck back by stating that the existing structure of the general consumption tax (GCT) is what should be branded as anti-poor. According to chairman [...]

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