Sunday, 24 June 2012

THE BUZZ REPORT: Romain Virgo rocks the US West coast this summer

Buoyed by acclaim for his latest album, The System, including praise from such respected publications as the New York Times and Billboard, reggae sensation Romain Virgo has embarked on a US summer tour that will take him to cities across California, Oregon and Washington in June and July. Virgo will perform (with fellow artists Perfect and Prince Allah) at numerous venues and at major events like the Sierra Nevada World Music Festival (June 23), the Bridge City Music Festival (July 6) and Reggae on The River (July 21).

Speaking of talented men, Gramps Morgan is making some serious mogul moves this year. The crooner is reportedly gearing up to launch a food line targeting the US, Africa and the Caribbean. More details to come.

What a relief! The Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) has confirmed that Government has agreed to remove the 16.5% GCT from all books, and an approved list will no longer be required from the Ministry of Education to determine which books are taxed. Instead, a 2% non-refundable GCT charge on all imported books (except for religious material) will be levied at the ports. Customers will therefore no longer pay GCT on books, but may see a minimal increase in book prices as a result of the additional 2% charge.

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