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Amazon Offers Employees us$5,000 To Quit

Amazon is offering some employees up to $5,000 to quit their jobs. The “Pay to Quit” program, which was announced by CEO Jeff Bezos yesterday, is an effort to make sure that employees really want to be there. “The goal is to encourage folks to take a moment and think about what they really want,” “In the long-run, an employee ...

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NSWMA Gets $20 Million To Repair Roadway To Riverton Dump

The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is to be provided with $20 million to carry out repairs to 2km of roadway along the access road to the Riverton City dump in St. Andrew. The funds are being provided by the Government of Mexico and will be allocated through the 2014-2015 Estimates of Expenditure. The project is slated to begin ...

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Barack Obama Makes $500,000 a Year

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid $98,000 in taxes on $481,098 of adjusted gross income in 2013. The first family, which reported an overall income of $503,183 before factoring in tax reductions, made about 27% less than in 2012, when their adjusted gross income was $608,611. The Obamas donated $59,251, or 12.3% of their income, to ...

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ISCF Gets Injunction Against JCF Merger

The Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) a short while ago received an injunction in the Supreme Court to block the merger with the Jamaica Constabulary Force. A merger of the two arms of the police force was announced recently by the Police High Command. The ISCF is contending that the merger is not being done by an Act of Parliament. ...

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JPS Wants To Increase Rates By Double-Digits

The Jamaica Public Service Company, JPSCo, has signalled to the Office of Utilities Regulation, OUR, that in its new tariff design it wants to restrict increases in the price of electricity to both residential and small commercial enterprises that consume at the lowest consumption band. To that end, the utility company says it is seeking an average 21% increase in ...

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Garbage To Electricity Project Being Resuscitated

The government has indicated it will be resuscitating efforts to generate electricity from garbage. A hurdle which had prevented any waste to energy project from getting off the ground, has now been cleared and projects will be started soon. The Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica has already indicated that it is contemplating a 46 megawatt waste to energy plant at Riverton ...

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Jamaica Ranks 25th in Worldwide Prostitution Earnings

A website www.havoscope.com, which provides data and information on black market activities around the world, ranks Jamaica 25th in Prostitution Revenue Worldwide. According to the ranking, Jamaica earned US$58 million from prostitution, falling behind the Czech Republic which earned US$200m. The number one earner is China, which hauled in US$73 billion in revenue from prostitution.

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$60 Million Budgeted To Build More Classrooms in Jamaica

Additional classrooms are to be constructed at four primary schools across the island of Jamaica this fiscal year, at a cost of $60 million. The money has been allotted in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, under the Primary Education Support Project, which seeks to improve the performance, efficiency and equity of the primary education system. The project also seeks to ...

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Public Defender Earl Witter Retires

Public Defender Earl Witter has retired, after seven-and-a-half years in the job. Deputy Public Defender Matondo K. Mukulu has been appointed to act as Public Defender. Mr. Mukulu, who is a public law specialist, will be serving in this capacity until an appointment is made by the Governor General. Mr. Witter, who is 78 years old, served as Public Defender ...

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$100 Million Set Aside For Tivoli Enquiry

Some $100 million has been set aside in this year’s Jamaican Budget for the holding of a commission of enquiry into the May 2010 security operations in West Kingston. Justice Minister Mark Golding, made the revelation during Tuesday night’s sitting of Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee.

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