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Published:Monday | October 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Keith Duncan, co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), has again urged Jamaicans not to be unduly worried about the recent slippage in the value of the Jamaican dollar against its US counterpart.Responding to concerns...

Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Despite being at the receiving end of the stick of disgruntled politicians, Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has come out in strong support of the country's political representatives, telling invited guests at the 13th anniversary signing...

Published:Friday | September 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

The Government is reviewing the multimillion-dollar contract paid to Yolande Ramharrack, the woman employed by the board of Petrojam Limited as its human resources manager, but without the required qualification.Ramharrack was recruited for the post...

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Chief Technical Director in the Office of the Prime Minister Jacqueline Lynch-Stewart has emphasised that the absence of fathers' details from birth certificates will not prevent persons from registering under the National Identification System (...

Published:Monday | August 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Foreigners operating businesses in Jamaica who are non-English speakers but whose company information will be needed by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) for the business establishment survey have been urged to participate and not let...

Published:Wednesday | August 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

As the row between the clergy and the Registrar General's Department (RGD) over its imposition of a mandatory registration and annual fee for marriage officers widens, the department says sorry for the way Suffragan Bishop Robert Thompson was...

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

As Parliament's Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee goes into summer recess, more than 40 projects were approved at yesterday's sitting. But Chairman Everald Warmington criticised some projects brought for approval.A project from long-...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Yolande Ramharrack, the human resource manager at the scandal-hit Petrojam, yesterday admitted that the advertisement to which she responded for the position required applicants to have a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree, which she did...

Published:Wednesday | July 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Calls for an increase in the $20-million allocation to members of parliament under the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) were yesterday shut down by Chairman Everald Warmington.Manchester North Western MP Mikael Phillips pleaded on behalf of...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

The fears of parents, teachers and children that the Primary Exit Profile Examination (PEP) would interrogate primary-school children's knowledge of foreign language has been allayed by the Ministry of Education, whose officials say that is not an...

Published:Tuesday | June 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

There are growing fears that many programmes administered by non-governmental organisations to assist the most vulnerable Jamaicans could be shuttered shortly as international funding dries up.Addressing a recent Gleaner Editors' Forum last Thursday...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

People's National Party (PNP) commissioners to the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) have said that they have been witness to claims of abuse made by the former director of elections, Orrette Fisher, who resigned from the body in the middle of a...

Published:Thursday | March 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

A call has been made for a uniformed definition of the term "minor" during submissions to the joint select committee on the proposed Data Protection Act (DPA) 2017 this week.Patrick Lalor, advocacy officer for Jamaica Aids Support for Life (JASL),...

Published:Wednesday | March 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

The legality of Jamaica Eye - the latest crime-fighting effort of the Ministry of National Security, which works in tandem with private companies using CCTV images - was yesterday questioned during the sitting of the joint select committee hearing...

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Software developers SlashRoots Foundation/Make Better Community said while the spirit of the Data Protection Act of 2017 was commendable, the scope of the bill in its current form would impose undue burden on small companies in all industries,...

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

With 600 active projects under way, Kingston and St Andrew have taken the lion's share of financial contribution, as well as the number of funded projects from the Culture, Health, Arts, Science and Education (CHASE) Fund in its 15 years of...

Published:Monday | March 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Tax expert Allison Peart is arguing that there is need for greater investment in technology education if Jamaica hopes for greater efficiency in the private and public sector and if the country is serious about economic growth.Speaking at the second...

Published:Wednesday | February 28, 2018 | 12:07 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Five submissions were made at yesterday’s sitting of the joint select committee of Parliament hearing deliberations on the Data Protection Bill of 2017, the companion legislation to the National Identification System (NIDS), but it was during...

Published:Thursday | February 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) was yes-terday told that the Government was still owed millions of dollars from Everglades Farm Limited for the lease of Hampden Sugar Factory, including more than 7,000...

Published:Thursday | January 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

Another dizzying round of questions by members of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) on the contract fiasco regarding the 200 pre-owned police vehicles, which has left two government ministries and two agencies...

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue/ Senior Gleaner Writer

First Angels Jamaica (First AngelsJa), the umbrella investor group dedicated to helping start up ventures, has underscored that it is not difficult for aspiring local entrepreneurs to get its attention.But the ventures must have some qualities in...

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