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Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government is taking steps to increase the monetary penalties prescribed in some pieces of legislation.This was announced by Justice Minister Delroy Chuck on Tuesday during his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament.He said that the...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition spokesman on Science and Technology Julian Robinson has called on the new Integrity Commission and the auditor general to urgently examine the operations of the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, noting that the viability of the entity...

Published:Saturday | May 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

If delinquent National Water Commission (NWC) customers were entertaining the thought of another amnesty to clear their outstanding bills, the agency's president, Mark Barnett, said "it's simply not on"."We have done enough. We have given enough...

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Andrew Wheatley has announced plans to establish an academy in Jamaica to address the country's defence against cyber criminals.Wheatley reported that the country suffered heavy losses in 2016...

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang's assertion that the size of the Jamaica Constabulary Force in relation to the population is relatively adequate has been challenged by security expert Robert Finzi-Smith, who believes that the police need...

Published:Friday | May 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With the parliamentary Opposition maintaining its call for the Government to present a crime plan for the country, Prime Minister Andrew Holness last Tuesday sought to put the issue to rest by declaring that his administration has gone past plans...

Published:Friday | April 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

A performance audit of the public postal service, which was conducted by the Pamela Monroe Ellis-led Auditor General's Department, revealed that the arrangements with postal agents to deliver mail were uneconomical as the agents handled little or no...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Audley Shaw will today establish a first in Jamaica's modern parliamentary system, being the only former finance minister to open both the Budget Debate and the Sectoral Debate in the same legislative year.In March, a spirited Shaw presented a...

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Former People's National Party Councillor Constantine Bogle, one of several persons who leased the Yallahs Market from the municipal corporation years ago, could be on a collision course with Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie, who is...

Published:Tuesday | April 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With the threat of deportation hanging over their heads, thousands of undocumented Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals who migrated to the United Kingdom (UK) when they were children between the late 1940s and the early 1970s are to receive...

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Fears of spiralling oil prices on the international market, owing to escalating tensions in the Middle East and the likely impact this could have on Jamaica's economy, are being assuaged by Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke who...

Published:Tuesday | April 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

In the wake of recent reports from the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ) that more than 100 nurses have been adversely impacted by the noxious fumes at Cornwall Regional Hospital, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has apologised for the...

Published:Thursday | April 5, 2018 | 12:14 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has acquiesced to a proposal by Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips that some provisions in the regulations governing states of public emergency should be adjusted. This is to make it clear that certain powers given to...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Telecommunications firm Symbiote, which trades as Caricel Jamaica, will have its licence revoked, Andrew Wheatley, minister of science, energy and technology, told the House of Representatives yesterday."I have written to the principals of Symbiote...

Published:Tuesday | March 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has made good on his promise to restructure his Cabinet, fitting in his key adviser Dr Nigel Clarke who now heads the Ministry of Finance while shifting Audley Shaw, who previously held the post, to the Ministry of...

Published:Monday | March 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says he is not ready at this time to make a pronouncement on whether the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) should be accorded the powers to arrest and prosecute members of the security forces who...

Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that after two years in office, he is now at the point where a decision will be made shortly to reshuffle his Cabinet. Speaking in a one-on-one interview with The Gleaner yesterday, Holness reasoned that there were...

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Charging that the People's National Party (PNP) has been tinkering with land titling for years, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said his administration was far down the track in putting in place plans to register thousands of acres of land.In his...

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With a 16 per cent increase in the murder rate to date, compared with the similar period last year, Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to address national-security concerns in his contribution to the Budget Debate this afternoon. He will also...

Published:Friday | March 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has suggested that former director of elections Orrette Fisher was pressured out of his job because of his agitation for a reverification of the current voters' list.In his contribution to the Budget Debate in...

Published:Saturday | March 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security's Rehabilitation Programme Policy (RPP) has come under serious scrutiny from Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis, who has reported that staff members at the ministry are benefiting from the funds earmarked...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government is contemplating plans to offset a $9-billion debt owed to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) for streetlights by selling its 20 per cent stake in the light and power company.Finance and...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

A visit by the Gleaner news team to Sovereign Centre in St Andrew to see if persons with disabilities have easy access to designated parking for them revealed that many able-bodied persons occupied those spaces with impunity.This reporter quizzed...

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government is moving to position the country's state-owned oil refinery as one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the region, declared Prime Minister Andrew Holness, who said that Petrojam Limited would be upgraded to supply the energy...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The beleaguered state-owned Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is projecting a dramatic increase in its loss from operations for the new financial year 2018-2019.For the new fiscal year, the bus company's losses from operations are...

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