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Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Association of Certified Embalmers and Funeral Directors wants to play a role in the development of the Public Health Funeral Establishment and Mortuary Operations Regulations that will govern the profession. President Calvin Lyn said...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Oswald Williams-led board at the state-owned National Energy Solutions Limited (NESoL) allowed Lawrence Pommels, operations engineer, to sign cheques for seven months after his stint as acting chief engineer ended in November last year.According...

Published:Monday | July 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Declaring that young Caribbean nationals are displeased with the level of transparency in CARICOM, a local academic and former youth ambassador is urging that they be empowered with data to advocate for how they want to see the regional bloc operate...

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Professor Archibald McDonald, outgoing principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus, was instrumental in the implementation of self-financed programmes at the institution. But now, he wants the policy of quoting fees for non-...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The management of ports and aviation systems is one of the major areas of collaboration in the joint commission between Jamaica and Panama. An agreement for the establishment of the joint commission was signed in June 2016 and has now been activated...

Published:Thursday | June 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Opposition Spokesman on Health Dr Dayton Campbell has charged that healthcare has become swept up in public relations and there needs to be more equity in the sector."Jamaica Moves seems to be the big-idea project, and while [it] is good, it does...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The performance task component of the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) seeks to minimise parental interference and allow students to apply analytical skills to make sense of the world around them through projects."... We are aware that many times, the...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Minimum wage earners will have more money in their pockets based on a 13 per cent increase from $6,200 to $7,000 per 40-hour workweek, which takes effect on August 1. The minimum wage for security guards moves from $8,854 to $9,700.Labour Minister...

Published:Tuesday | June 26, 2018 | 12:16 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Robert Lawrence, chairman of the Universal Service Fund (USF), has expressed shock that major private sector groups have called for a forensic audit at the state agency tasked with providing universal access to information through the...

Published:Tuesday | June 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Primary Exit Profile (PEP) will equip educators with data on students, especially slow learners, to better facilitate their transition into the high-school system, according to officials from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information....

Published:Monday | June 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Several pastors across the island could surrender their marriage officer's licences in protest of a decision by the Registrar General's Department (RGD) to charge them $10,000 to register, plus an annual registration fee.The pastors are also upset...

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Industry and Commerce Minister Audley Shaw is troubled by Jamaica's trade deficit with the United States and has urged the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) to provide more support."The end of March this year, in fact, showed that we imported...

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Immaculate Conception High has dropped from being the second-highest ranked secondary education institution last year to number 17 this year according to rankings compiled by local think tank, Educate Jamaica.According to the report, 90.7 per cent...

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has embraced the Bruce Golding-led Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission's proposal for greater equity in the assessment and calculation of fees payable to the CARICOM Secretariat and agencies by member states...

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says there are Jamaicans who have misunderstood the proposal to withdraw from the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), if certain commitments, as outlined in the Golding Report, are not met."The Cabinet debated...

Published:Monday | June 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Professor Trevor Munroe, executive director of the National Integrity Action, is concerned about the unpreparedness of public administrators who appear before parliamentary oversight committees to answer important questions related to administration...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament have blasted Petrojam for engaging and paying Rodney Davis, a Canada-based consultant, US$17,000 (J$2.2 million) per month for a project, which could be handled...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Dr Perceval Bahado-Singh, chairman of the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam has repaid an airline ticket of over US$7,000 (J$900,000) for travel to a meeting in the United Kingdom, which he did not attend. But the Public Administration and...

Published:Wednesday | June 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips has proposed an expert study to examine the effectiveness of the zones of special operations (ZOSOs), which were extended for an additional 60 days in Mount Salem, St James, and Denham Town, Kingston, by the House...

Published:Monday | June 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Civil society groups are lamenting that while HIV screenings have increased, the gains are being eroded by issues arising from the stigma-riddled experiences of HIV-positive citizens with the healthcare system.Ivan Cruickshank, executive director of...

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie says that the Government is determined to stop the painful cycle of playing catch-up after disasters and the constant diverting of development funds to finance clean-up and restoration activities."The...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Dr Tracy McFarlane, social and health psychologist, is of the view that while the impending ban on sugary drinks in schools could be effective, there is an overarching need to urgently change attitudes related to the consumption of sugar."Right now...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The University of the West Indies (UWI) has rejected an assertion by Krystal Tomlinson, president of the People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO), who claims that the institution helps to stigmatise youth participation in governance by not...

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2018 | 11:03 PMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Health is moving to streamline the operations of the four regional health authorities across the island, which is grounded in the need to bolster service delivery at public health institutions, according to Health Minister Dr...

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The United Kingdom and China have answered the call by Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton for bilateral partnership to boost the training of critical-care nurses. He had made the appeal in January 2017 at the World Health Organization's summit in...

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