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Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The front-line anti-corruption team is now in place, with one exception. The director of information and complaints has been identified and is now awaiting appointment, retired Justice Seymour Panton, chairman of the Integrity Commission, has said...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) has sided with the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) in a long-standing dispute with the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) over a change in the bank’s vacation leave policy, over which the union has expressed...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:34 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN on Health Dr Morais Guy is warning the Holness administration not to be lulled into a false sense of security, like the Russians, who appeared to be managing COVID-19 well until they discovered thousands of related deaths that...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

HEALTH AND Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has made an impassioned plea for the more than 1,000 ship workers who arrive into the country today to ensure that they act responsibly and conform to the home quarantine guidelines. At high noon,...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

MONTHS AFTER the country slipped on the global Corruption Perception Index, newly appointed executive director of the Integrity Commission, Greg Christie, yesterday signalled that he is ready to hit the ground running, as the oversight body...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government has come under fire for perceived excessively long coronavirus containment measures that have damaged the economy, haemorrhaging hundreds of thousands of jobs and blowing an $81-billion revenue hole in the 2020-2021 Budget. Financial...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2020 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

WHILE INDICATING that the Government is not contemplating laying off public-sector workers owing to the impact of COVID-19, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has warned that if the country’s economy does not change gears and accelerate towards near...

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2020 | 12:19 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Grade six students displaced by coronavirus restrictions will not sit the remaining components of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams but will be placed in secondary schools on a mix of current and past results. At the same time, the Government...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2020 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Staring down a challenge that it has breached the constitutional rights of Vaughn Bignall of Bignall Law, the General Legal Council (GLC) has welcomed a lawsuit to determine whether attorneys can lawfully advertise their services. As the Supreme...

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2020 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Ravaged by fallout from the coronavirus disease, the Holness administration has established a high-powered task force to kick-start Jamaica’s battered economy and chart the road to recovery in the medium term. Chaired by Finance and the Public...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

More than three months after the publication of a special audit report on alleged malpractices at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), the beleaguered institution is scrambling to find proof to substantiate reimbursements of nearly US$120,000...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2020 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Retired Professor Tara Dasgupta, a distinguished researcher in physical chemistry at The University of the West Indies, Mona, for decades, has died of COVID-19 related complications, increasing the number of deaths locally to six. His passing...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2020 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie has said that the Government’s decision to reject the use of the Cuban antiviral drug Interferon Alpha 2B to treat persons battling COVID-19 at this time was made after consultations with...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaican Government says it will not be using the Cuban antiviral drug Interferon Alpha 2B to treat persons battling COVID-19. The disease has killed five persons, with another 120 testing positive. This development comes even as Washington...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

In the wake of a fifth COVID-19 death and a dramatic 44 per cent spike in cases in Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has ­announced a one-week lockdown for the parish of St Catherine beginning at 5 a.m. today until a similar time on April 22...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2020 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Calling on Jamaicans to make a sacrifice to limit the spread of COVID-19 over the Easter holidays, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday introduced tighter curfews and other restrictions, effectively clamping down on festivities during the...

Published:Wednesday | April 1, 2020 | 12:29 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

A 58-year-old man who had a travel history to France and was recovering from COVID-19 died yesterday at The University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), as government officials intensified calls for Jamaicans to limit movement and interaction to...

Published:Tuesday | March 31, 2020 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Starting tomorrow, Jamaicans will be under an all-island curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. to slow down the spread of COVID-19, which has killed one person locally, with another 35 infected with the virus. It will last for seven days. Members of the...

Published:Friday | March 27, 2020 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s second-highest foreign-exchange earner, remittances, could suffer a massive blow this year owing to the devastating effects of COVID-19 on jurisdictions overseas with large diaspora communities. Signs of a downward trajectory have already...

Published:Tuesday | March 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

As 65-year-old Trevor Small, a self-proclaimed garment constructor based in Kingston, walked along a near-empty Ocean Boulevard yesterday evening, he pondered the new work limitations that will be imposed on senior citizens like himself. Effective...

Published:Thursday | March 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) wants the Government to provide a moratorium on payroll statutory contributions during the COVID-19 crisis and a mitigation grant of $50,000 per family under the Programme for the Advancement Through...

Published:Monday | March 16, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Operators and employees of food establishments across the country are being urged to take the necessary steps to remain free of COVID-19. Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte told journalists last Friday that under the Public Health Food Handling...

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Health is tracking between 200 and 300 persons who potentially came in contact with novel coronavirus patients across six parishes: Kingston, St Andrew, St Thomas, Clarendon, St James, and St Ann. This revelation was made moments...

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

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis says she examined the Fiscal Policy Paper (FPP) in accordance with the Financial Administration and Audit (FAA) Act and submitted the document to Parliament within the time stipulated by law. Before the start of...

Published:Tuesday | March 10, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips, has pushed back against critics who assert that he does not have the mettle to lead his party to victory in the upcoming general election. Phillips dismissed the claim that he could...

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