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Students’ Loan Bureau Increases Fines

Jamaicans who fail to make their Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) payments on time and in full will be faced with increased fines this month. The SLB has advised that a new penalty of j$750 will be applied to accounts which make a payment after the due date. The increased fine will apply where persons pay less than the stipulated amount. The new ...

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Marley Foundation Donates j$15m in Equipment To Hospitals

The Robert Marley Foundation has donated $15.4 million in equipment to the Bustamante Hospital for Children, the Victoria Jubilee Hospital, the St Ann’s Bay Hospital, and the Women’s Health Network. According to a press release from the foundation, the Bustamante Hospital received two Touchscreen Patient Monitors, two Mobile Stands with Baskets, four Aneroid Mobile and Desktop Blood Pressure Units, one ...

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Jamaica Passport Fees To Increase

Passport fees will increase as of next Tuesday, May 26, the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency announced yesterday. The cost of a regular adult passport will move from j$4,500 to j$6,500, while the passport for a minor will move from j$2,700 to j$4,000. Replacing lost passports for adults will cost j$11,500 (up from j$9,500) and j$7,000 (up from j$5,700) for ...

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JPS Light Bills To Drop By 7% This Month

The Jamaica Public Service (JPS) says electricity consumers are now paying US $0.25 cents (J$14.47) per kilowatt-hour (kWh), which the light and power company said is the lowest electricity rate since 2010. “The dramatic reduction in overall energy cost is due to lower fuel charges, as well as the improved efficiency of the JPS generating units,” the company said in ...

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Attorney Patrick Bailey Charged With Forgery & Conspiracy To Defraud

Prominent attorney Patrick Bailey who was taken into custody yesterday has been charged with fraud.   He was detained by the Fraud Squad. Bailey was arrested in connection with a J$100 million real estate deal. He will appear in court next week Wednesday. He is the third attorney arrested in recent weeks. Miguel Lorne and Harold Brady were detained last ...

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Andrew Holness Remains The Leader of The JLP

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness triumphed again over internal rivals by easily winning a secret ballot among Jamaica Labour Party members of parliament at a caucus called yesterday to decide his future. 20 of the JLP’s 21 MPs took part in the poll, with Holness being the only one without a vote. 13 of the MPs supported him remaining as their ...

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Credit Card Registration Now Required To Pay JPS Bills Online

JPS now requires customers to register their credit cards in order to pay their bills on its online platform as a result of increased fraudulent activities on its website. In an advisory to customers, JPS said it is improving the security on its ‘myJPS’ payment faci-lity to protect them and registration was part of that process. You will only need ...

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Sangster International Named #1 Caribbean Airport

Jamaica’s Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St James has been named the region’s number one airport for 2015 by the online publication Caribbean Journal. “Any airport where we can grab a piping hot Tastee patty within moments of arrival is a good one in our book. Throw in Club Mo’Bay (a tranquil, Jamaican art-filled oasis we tapped as our ...

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Mobay’s Gloucestershire Hotel is For Sale at US$6.25m

The Gloucestershire Hotel priced at US$6.25 million (j$720m) becomes the latest property for sale in Montego Bay. The 96-room property went on sale this week. The property was owned by local businessman John Sinclair who died in February 2013. The proposed sale forms part of his final will and testament. The Wexford Hotel is also for sale at US$8.5 million, ...

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Kingston Roadside Fish Vendor Accepts Debit & Credit Cards

If you stop by the Rae Town fishing village but find yourself low on cash, don’t rush to leave just yet – Namdi Thompson can facilitate debit and credit card purchases. “I have checked around in a number of parishes and I have never seen another fish vendor using this system,” Namdi Said. Namdi said the POS machine offers customers better ...

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