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Published:Wednesday | August 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With the recent departure of Andrew Wheatley from the Cabinet, political commentator Dr Paul Ashley says senior member Karl Samuda, who lost his portfolio as industry and agriculture minister in late March, should be saddled with the task to oversee...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The ongoing scandal that began at the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam has claimed its latest casualty with the resignation yesterday of Andrew Wheatley as minister of science and technology. This follows several weeks of allegations of nepotism...

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 4:00 PMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Former managing director of Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) Dr David McBean resisted attempts by chairman of the entity, Trevor Forrest, to belatedly insert Carolyn Warren on a shortlist of persons to be interviewed forthe position of manager -...

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

Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague has said that the new Road Traffic Act that was passed by the Senate on May 11 would be debated by lawmakers in the Lower House when they return in September from their summer break.Despite a 13-per cent...

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) yesterday sought answers on management changes resulting in the sacking of heads of public bodies at three agencies which were then under the Ministry of Science, Energy and...

Published:Saturday | July 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Upper House yesterday approved the Child Diversion Bill, paving the way for children who are in conflict with the law to be dealt with under a special regime instead of instituting criminal proceedings against the youngsters.Lawmakers gave the...

Published:Friday | June 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Former Contractor General Greg Christie has said that the relevant oversight body should send a team to investigate allegations of corruption and nepotism at Petrojam, the state-owned oil refinery.Christie told The Gleaner yesterday that the...

Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Managing Director of the Transport Authority, Cecil Morgan, told members of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday that five 40-seater buses costing $115 million ordered by the previous management of the entity could not pass over...

Published:Saturday | June 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Chairman of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) Wykeham McNeill has dismissed as "palpably false" suggestions by Government Senator Matthew Samuda that McNeill's relative was a director of a travel agency who...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is positioning itself to prepare more airtight cases in court against major criminal offenders with the recruitment of attorneys who will assist investigators to put together case files.Commissioner of Police...

Published:Wednesday | June 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The drafting of legislation to introduce a new police service is far advanced and the measure is slated for tabling in Parliament during the current legislative year.National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang, who made the announcement in Gordon...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Members of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have questioned the withholding of benefits for children under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) if they do not attend school.The monthly benefit for children...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Vowing to put an end to what she described as a "stinking sore" issue plaguing children at a primary school as well as the residents of Greenwich Town in Kingston, Angella Brown Burke yesterday put the National Water Commission (NWC) on notice that...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition spokesman on Energy Phillip Paulwell has sounded a note of caution that extended delays in the upgrading and expansion of the Petrojam oil refinery could see the entity facing an uncertain future."In two years' time, more than 400...

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...

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