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            [post_content] => In just over a year, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) was said to have confiscated more than J$250 million (US$2.1 million) worth of counterfeit goods at the island’s ports of entry.

Major Richard Reese, Commissioner of Customs and the JCA’s chief executive officer, shared that some of teh confiscated items included cigarettes, clothing, footwear, handbags, belts and hats, some intended for the local market, others destined for other countries.

Addressing the JCA's five-day intellectual property rights seminar for custom officers yesterday, he made the disclosure alongside, Kalista Powell, a director in the agency's Border Protection Unit, who also disclosed that the containers bearing the counterfeit products were intercepted between January 2014 and April 2015, following intelligence and joint inter-agency operations that involved local and overseas law enforcement entities.

She said that in April, a significant portion of the items forfeited by the owners. Investigations are underway in relation to the other items.

"Persons have been charged and court proceedings are ongoing," Powell said at the seminar staged in collaboration with the World Customs Organization.

Commending the success of the operations, Major Reese said that counterfeiting and piracy of authentic products were "illicit businesses on which criminal networks thrive".

"This is one of the means by which organised crime criminal networks also fund their illegal activities. The Jamaica Customs Agency will continue to collaborate with our partners, local and international, as we make every effort to remove the profit from organised crime and facilitate legitimate trade," he assured.

Powell also emphasized the need for joint efforts to curb counterfeiting.The Jamaican laws states that the penalties for counterfeiting products, whether for manufacturing or trade, include forfeiture of goods, fines, or imprisonment.
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Millions Seized In Counterfeit Goods By Jamaica's Customs Agency

July 29, 2015
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In just over a year, the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) was said to have confiscated more thanJ$250 million (US$2.1 million) worth of counterfeit goods at the islands ports of entry....Continue reading

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            [post_date] => 2015-07-25 10:00:54
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            [post_content] => The Bahamian government has increased the minimum wage by 40%. He warns that employers who refuse to cope with the change will undergo the full extent of the law.

Increasing the amount to $210 per week or $42 per day or $5.25 per hour, the Ministry of Labour and National Insurance and the Minister of Public Service, Shane Gibson said he has signed the Minimum Wages Order to be raised. The new minimum wage will take effect on the 15th of August.

“While we in the government would have liked to have seen it a bit higher, we have accepted the recommendation of the National Tripartite Council and acted accordingly,” Gibson said.

Before coming to a final agreement on the figure for the new national minimum wage, the minister said that he was informed that members of the council “deliberated, agonized and analyzed” data acquired locally and internationally, and compared legislation from several CARICOM member states.

He said that the council would assist with managing the effects of the minimum wage order by monitoring the cost of living anf retail price index, and recommending any further increases where needed. Gibson in the meantime sent a strong warning to business that they would be closely watched to ensure that they always comply with the new order.

The Inspectorate Unit of the Department of Labour has also been instructed to implement a comprehensive inspection plan to ensure that there is compliance, and it would aggressively pursue violators who deliberately withhold the increment from hardworking Bahamians.
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Bahamians To Get Bigger Pay Packs As Government Increases Minimum Wage By 40%

July 25, 2015
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The Bahamian government has increased the minimum wage by 40%. He warns that employers who refuse to cope with the change will undergo the full extent of the law. Increasing the...Continue reading

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            [post_date] => 2015-07-24 10:00:26
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            [post_content] => It was confirmed by Secretary of Health, Ana Rius, that three Puerto Rican young men are infected with malaria. It is believed that they contracted the disease while celebrating their graduation with classmates on a trip to the Dominican Republic.

A reports from the El Nuevo Dia shared that in the first week of July the students travelled to Punta Cana. They began experiencing the symptoms on their return to Puerto Rico about two weeks after.

Initially, five members of the group were diagnosed with symptoms of malaria by physicians, but only three were subsequently confirmed and hospitalised. Releasing only that the boys were "young, under the age of 21 and older than 15" and that "the Health Department has begun the process of monitoring these school", the health secretary kept other details regarding the students of the school involved on the low.

Stating that there is no significant record of mosquitoes detected carrying malaria, Rius said that this is an exceptional case as it is rare for people in Puerto Rico to be infected with the disease.

"Here for many years that strain was almost eradicated; one never says 100 percent; you can never say in science that it is 0 percent, but there are few, very few cases," she added.

She also went on to recommend that everyone travelling to Punta Cana visit a doctor prior to leaving the island to go on their trip. It was also suggested for you to use of medicines derived from quinine and doxycycline.
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Puerto Rican Students Contract Malaria After Trip To Dominican Republic

July 24, 2015
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