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Published:Thursday | October 29, 2020 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

While making it clear that dog owners must be held accountable if their animals injure people or cause damage to property, Jalil Dabdoub, president of the German Shepherd Club, is urging the Government to make adjustments to the Dogs (Liability for...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 2:33 PMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With a membership of more than 300, the Small Business Association of Jamaica (SBAJ) says a recent survey it conducted has revealed that 35 per cent of its business operators have closed their doors owing to the crippling effects of the COVID-19...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2020 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says that the heads of the security forces “see the need” for the declaration of a state of public emergency (SOE) to quell the spike in murders in the last few weeks. However, government action, seemingly...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2020 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

As the security forces make significant inroads into the local drug trade, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang said that the major narcotics dealers are dangling big money before members of the security forces to entice them to assist them...

Published:Tuesday | October 13, 2020 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With significant revenue streams from several attractions it owns now at a trickle owing to the severe impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has had to seek financial support from the Government to keep...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2020 | 12:14 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Months after the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service disbursed sums under its CARE programme for people hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, 35,000 Jamaicans are yet to collect the money from banks and remittance companies. This has left...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:15 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The country’s two largest correctional facilities now house 103 inmates over the age of 60, and the Independent Commissions of Investigations (INDECOM) says the conditions under which they and other prisoners are being held violate both local and...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2020 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With 24 active cases of COVID-19 and five deaths recorded in Waterford, St Catherine, and 21 cases in Whitfield Town, Kingston, the Government has imposed a curfew on the densely populated communities to prevent an exponential spike of the highly...

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2020 | 6:24 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s 63 legislators in the House of Representatives have been urged to undergo COVID-19 testing immediately after the parliamentary marshal, who was in close contact with the majority of them at the September 29 sitting, registered positive...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2020 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Acknowledging that many students across Jamaica will not be able to access lessons virtually, Education Minister Fayval Williams has invited businesses and others to partner in transporting learning material across the country to drop-off points...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Auditor General’s Department is reporting that records obtained from the HEART Trust have revealed that of the 687 participants who were enrolled in the Career Advancement Programme Youth Empowerment Solutions (CAP-YES) programme from 2014 to...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2020 | 12:15 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

After more than four years of painstaking negotiations, Jamaica and the United States (US) are on the final leg of inking a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement (CMAA), a memorandum of understanding aimed at stamping out the smuggling of contraband...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2020 | 12:14 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Despite adjustments in the usual format of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)-administered tests and the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting the last school term, Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Jasford Gabriel said that all these...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:15 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With the community transmission phase of COVID-19 in full flight, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has indicated that he has no plans to impose tighter restrictions. Holness’ remarks at a press conference at Jamaica House has resonated with financial...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 7:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The devastating loss suffered by the People’s National Party (PNP) in Thursday’s national polls, held amid a severe coronavirus pandemic, has shattered the hopes and dreams of Peter David Phillips, whose quest for the prime ministership fell...

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2020 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

In an election face-off where strategic political groundwork could determine the next government, the People’s National Party (PNP) and the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) are urging electors to observe the health protocols when they vote today...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2020 | 12:19 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

A new People’s National Party (PNP) administration will not burden the country with new taxes to fund a raft of big-spending initiatives in its WEALTHY initiative, Mark Golding, the opposition spokesman on finance, has said. The election appetiser...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2020 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Outgoing member of Parliament for St Catherine North West Robert Pickersgill is describing as “false and propaganda” claims by Newton Amos, the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) prospective candidate in the upcoming general election, that no money has...

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has sought to dismiss assertions that the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration did not treat the implementation of the Disabilities Act as a matter of priority during its more than four years in...

Published:Saturday | August 22, 2020 | 12:24 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

New curfew orders have been imposed by the Government in four more parishes as coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket. In the wake of 98 recorded cases of the virus and one death on Thursday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that while this...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2020 | 12:32 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

At least four of the five seats in Clarendon could decide which political party holds sway in the upcoming election as the leadership of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People’s National Party (PNP) converge on constituencies in the parish...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2020 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration will pass legislation to classify politically motivated offences as hate crimes after the September 3 general election. At the same time, Dr Peter Phillips, the...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Dismissing notions that he was too ill and lethargic to lead the country, Dr Peter Phillips, the 70-year-old People’s National Party (PNP) president, declared on Tuesday that he was “fit and ready to go”. Having completed surgery for Stage Three...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Having attained ‘seven-star general’ status in political parlance, and arguably one of Jamaica’s longest-serving ministers in any administration over a 23-year period, Robert Pickersgill, whose decades-long political career is coming to an end, is...

Published:Tuesday | August 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With a worrying rise in the number of Jamaicans contracting COVID-19 in the last week, prospective election candidates who plan to crank up their political machinery in a show of strength today – nomination day – are being warned that campaign...

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