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April 05, 2018
Ricardo Makyn Multimedia Photo Editor A reveller enjoys the inaugural Ocho Rios carnival road march along Milford Road and Main Street in the tourist town on Easter Monday.

New railway one step closer 

The Montego Bay to Appleton leg of the Revitalisation of the Railway System in Jamaica is one step closer to reality.

The consortium led by business mogul Adam Stewart and the Jamaica Railway Corporation (JRC) last Friday signed a memorandum of understanding for the 'build out' of Phase One of the resuscitation of the railway.

The 55-kilometre segment of the JRC Railway Tracks, adjacent lands and buildings, including civil infrastructure and tunnels are to be rehabilitated and developed into, Jamaica's first Heritage Tourism Tour via the railroad.

New market for Port Maria

A new market is to be constructed in Port Maria, St Mary, to replace the old structure on Hodgson Street.

A contract for the project is to be signed today at the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development in Kingston by Portfolio Minister, Desmond McKenzie.

The new market is expected to be more conducive to customers purchasing food items and transacting other business. This will also boost economic activities in the town.

Mayor of Port Maria Richard Creary said that the St Mary Municipal Corporation will manage the new market.

"It's a brand new market, a total reconstruction. It's a two-storey building with commercial shop spaces on top for rent, just like any plaza," he noted.

Property tax payments now due

Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) is advising all property owners that property tax rates for the 2018/19 fiscal year are now available and became due April 1.

This means that persons have until the end of April to pay and avoid a 10 per cent penalty, which may be applied. Amounts to be paid remain the same as last year as there has been no increase in property tax rates.

Property owners are reminded that they have the option of paying their property tax in half-yearly instalments on April 1 and October 1 or in quarterly instalments on April 1, July 1, October 1, and January 1.

Persons are encouraged to pay their property tax online via the Tax Portal at, using a Mastercard, Visa or Keycard credit card, instead of visiting a tax office to do so. Property owners using the online option are advised that they should have the valuation number of the property on hand when making the payment.

In addition to the online option, property tax payments may be made at any of the 29 tax offices across the island.

Water disruption for Hanover and Westmoreland

The National Water Commission (NWC) is advising customers served by the Logwood Treatment Plant that they will experience a disruption in their water supply today between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This disruption in supply is to facilitate urgent maintenance work at the facility

Areas to be affected include: Logwood, March Town, Cave Valley, Santoy, Orange Bay, Esher, Negril, Sheffield, Green Island, Salt Spring, Cauldwell, Pell River, Archwell, Saxam, Bloody Bay, Negril West End New Hope, Retreat, Nonpareil, Westland Mountain, and surrounding areas.

The NWC urges customers to store water for use during the outlined period.

Nurses support global campaign

Nurses in the public health system have pledged to tackle the issue of abuse against women and children through the global campaign, Nursing Now.

The three-year campaign is being undertaken in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), to raise the status of nurses globally, and to maximise the contribution that nursing makes to universal health coverage, women's empowerment, and economic development.

"It has put nurses in a position to look at their mandate of caring and to look at a specific area of violence against women and children," says Chairman of the Nursing Council of Jamaica (NCJ), Dr Leila Dehaney.

Another aspect of Nursing Now seeks to empower nurses to take their place at the heart of tackling 21st Century health challenges, and to recognise and promote the profession as a key group in the health sector in countries around the world to provide healthcare for all, influence policymakers, and make important social and cultural changes.

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