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TAJ prosecutes taxpayer
Tax Administration Jamaica, through its Intelligence, Investigation and Enforcement Unit, recently prosecuted Aladin Restaurant Ltd and its director Mohamad Belal Almasri for breaching Section 56 (5) of the General Consumption Tax (GCT) Act.
The tax authority led evidence that during March, May and July 2018, the accused unlawfully collected GCT from its customers while not being a registered taxpayer.
Aladin Restaurant Ltd and Almasri pleaded guilty to the offence on October 8 in the Sutton Street Corporate Area Parish Court (Civil Division).
Mandela Highway lights back on
The National Works Agency (NWA) is advising that the streetlights along Mandela Highway are, now, back in operation.
The lights became inoperable after circuit breakers were removed by thieves.
Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the NWA Stephen Shaw, says that the circuit breakers were discovered to be missing during checks made over the weekend.
He said that he has been advised by the Jamaica Public Service Company Limited that the necessary repairs have been made and the streetlights are now functional.
Shaw said that unscrupulous characters have been preying on the lighting infrastructure along the Mandela Highway since they have been installed.
He is appealing to the perpetrators of this activity to stop this practice.
'Strengthen Family Court to address violence'
The PNP Women's Movement is calling on the Government to strengthen and broaden the scope of the Family Court as part of efforts to deal with cases of violence against women and children.
In a release yesterday, the organisation said: "Violence against women and children, and the heinous nature of these crimes, have been growing in Jamaica. We must move quickly as a country to end this behaviour. Swift justice is a critical part of establishing a framework of prevention, as a signal is sent to the perpetrators that these acts of violence against our women and children are unacceptable."
The organisation said it was imperative that the Parliament completes the revision of the Sexual Offences Act, the Offences against the Person Act, the Domestic Violence Act, and the Child Care and Protection Act. The Sexual Harassment Bill, tabled in January 2016, should also be quickly passed into law.
Negril to get market
Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says plans are under way to construct a market in the resort town of Negril.
McKenzie said he visited the proposed project site and has seen the designs, adding that "I was told by the technical team that the cost will be somewhere between $60 and $75 million for the construction".
The minister further indicated that the project is expected to commence during the 2019-20 fiscal year.
McKenzie said the market forms part of planned infrastructure developments for Negril which are being fast-tracked.
He said the Government is fully committed to developing the island's coastal towns, and cited Negril as "one of the gems that we have to protect".
Lucea to twin with Chinese city
Lucea Mayor Councillor Sheridan Samuels is reporting that the proposed twinning with Chinese city Huangshi is far advanced.
He said that Huangshi officials are to travel to Lucea to formalise the agreements.
Samuels said a date has not yet been identified for the visit.
Huangshi is the second-largest city in the Hubei province.
It has a population of approximately 2.7 million people and has a strong foundation of industry.
Lucea, which has a population of approximately 6,000 people, according to a 2012 census, is considered ripe for investment and development.