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Jamaica’s Finance Minister Audley Shaw has announced an increase in the tax on some alcoholic beverages in Jamaica.
A single Special Consumption Tax (SCT) rate will be applied based on the alcohol content at the rate of $960 per litre of pure alcohol.
This increase will apply to alcoholic beverages, vodkas, beers, stouts, wines, tonic wines, liqueurs, whiskey, gin, brandy and overproof rum among others. The tax on tobacco he says will also be increased.
Meantime the Government is planning to spend $262 million less than it originally proposed when it presented the $503.9 billion budget in April.
The retail price of (LPG) has been increased from Bds. $146.55 per 100lbs cylinder to Bds $148.72; from Bds $39.23 per 25lbs cylinder to Bds $39.82 and the 20lbs cylinder from Bds $31.38 to Bds $31.86.
The increase in these prices took effect from midnight last night November 30th 2010.
This amounts to an increase of $2.17 per 100lbs cylinder, $0.59 per 25lbs cylinder and $0.48 per 20lbs cylinder.
In addition, the retail price of gasoline will move from Bds $2.44 per litre to $2.76 per litre; diesel from Bds $2.24 to Bds $2.39 per litre; and kerosene will be adjusted from Bds $1.45 per litre to Bds $1.51 per litre.
Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic. This milestone offers a moment to reflect -- and to renew our resolve.
Over the past three decades, AIDS has caused untold suffering and death. But another story has unfolded through the years, one of the global communities uniting with passion to take action and save lives. These efforts are making a real difference around the world.Fewer people are becoming infected with HIV. Millions of people have gained access to HIV treatment. More women are now able to prevent their babies from becoming infected with HIV.
The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) has launched their re-developed website www.pancap.org which aims to be the primary source of comprehensive and up-to-date information about HIV and AIDS programming in the Caribbean.
The launching is timed to coincide with World AIDS Day 2010, today, and the website is funded by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), United States Government.
According to a release from the CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, it will be PANCAP’s main communication vehicle to inform a wide audience of stakeholders about PANCAP and so it will be regularly updated to include documents, project information, photos, news stories, activities and achievements from countries and partners across the region.
I don’t think anyone would disagree with me if I said that many young people are not encouraged to pursue the avenue of technical and vocational skills by their parents. However, when they excel in the traditional areas of academics, there is much joy and jubilation.
Despite the polite, lip service which we give to young people who are “better with their hands,” the fact remains that more support and recognition is given to those mainstream subject areas than to those of the technical and vocational field. In fact, many Barbadians still see subjects such as woodwork, plumbing and agricultural science and hospitality as a step down, and that persons who take up the technical strain are below their peers in intellectual ability.
As a country racing rapidly towards developed nation status, we must be cognizant of the fact that in order for us to go forward, we must prioritize the development and effective application of the innovative energies and potential of our young people. Of vital importance however, is that we recognize that much of that innovation and creativity will lie within our young, technically skilled persons.
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