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            [post_content] => Former Information and Telecommunications Minister, Daryl Vaz is due to face trial early next year on corruption related charges. Vaz who will appear in court on February 16, 2015 had been charged in 2012 following allegations of bribery. According to reports, Vaz had conspired with former Senior Superintendent James Forbes and businessman Bruce Bicknell, to quash a bribery charge against Bicknell.

Prosecutors alleged, that Vaz approached the arresting officer, Seargent Jubert Llewellyn, and offered him "gold bars" a code word for promotion, if he withdrew the charge against Bicknell. In july, Director of Public Prosections (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, withdrew the bribery charge against Bicknell, citing that it would be difficult to mount a successful case against him without substantial evidence.

However, Superintendent Forbes was convicted and fined JA$800,000 (US$7140.00) for his role in the conspiracy. Vaz, who represents the constituency of West Portland as a part of the opposition, Jamaica Labour Party, appeared in court last Thursday during which time the trial date had been set.

Some Jamaican citizens have voiced there discontent with how the entire fiasco has been played out so far and pointed out that Vaz has always been one to attract controversy. A lack of trust in the overall justice system has seen many voicing that the entire case will be off little interests. It is believed in many quarters that Vaz will walk away "scotch-free", but not on merit.
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Former Jamaican Minister Daryl Vaz To Stand Trial On Corruption Related Charges

September 17, 2014
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Former Information and Telecommunications Minister, Daryl Vaz is due to face trial early next year on corruption related charges. Vaz who will appear in court on February 16, 2015 ...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Tax officials in Antigua have provided tax amnesty to businesses which will allow each to clear all outstanding debts without the inclusion of penalties. Ralph Warner, Commissioner of Inland Revenue Department (IRD) said the programme which began in July will be extended until December.

“Some of the feedback we got especially from the medium and large tax payers was that they needed more time to come up with the funds to take advantage of the initiative. So we decided we will extend it until December 31,” he said.

Mr. Warner noted that approximately sixty (60) businesses capitalized on the initiative thus far and believes that number will grow significantly given the extended deadline.

“It looks as if persons that are owing large amounts will take part in the initiative and we hope they do because this is basically to help the tax payer regularise their status with the department. The feedback I have been getting back is that persons are willing and will be taking part in the initiative once we decided to extend the time frame,” he said on Antigua's Observer Radio.

The Initiative with the name "Fresh Start" is a part of the government's new campaign which seeks to help delinquent tax payers regularize their status. Locals pay 15% sales tax on most items.
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Antigua Provides Tax Amnesty For Businesses

September 13, 2014
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Tax officials in Antigua have provided tax amnesty to businesses which will allow each to clear all outstanding debts without the inclusion of penalties. Ralph Warner, Commissioner...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says that there are has not been any confirmed case of Ebola in the Caribbean. The organization went on the state that while this may be the case now, the region should become too comfortable as the current status may change at any time.

“The overall risk assessment remains low risk for the Caribbean region. Be that as it may this is not a time for complacency because of the consequence of an imported case…will be serious for the health of our residents and for the tourism industry in the Caribbean,” said CARPHA executive director Dr. James Hospedales.

Dr. Hospedales indicated that while the risk level remains low, it is important for Caribbean nations to ensure that several mechanisms are in place to mitigate the potential arrival of it's impact. He cited that the measures can be found in the international health regulations (IAHR) and include appropriate communication messages to be disseminated to the general population, travellers and health workers to ensure that people reduce their risks.

“This is key, we will have other problems beyond Ebola in the future, achieving compliance with the international health regulations is the way to be able to be prepared,” he said. CARPHA revealed it is not able to carry out tests which would determine if someone had contracted the Ebola Virus. However, international arrangements have been made with the United States Centre for Disease Control (CDC) and the Public Health Agency in Canada.
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The Caribbean is "Ebola-Free" says CARPHA

September 12, 2014
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The Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) says that there are has not been any confirmed case of Ebola in the Caribbean. The organization went on the state that wh...Continue reading