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

Students across Jamaica will be forced to drink healthier beverages at school starting January 2019 as a result of a ban announced by Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton during his Sectoral Debate presentation in Parliament yesterday."...

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Opposition Senator Lambert Brown has expressed concern that Dr Lloyd Waller has full-time jobs at two public institutions. Dr Waller is senior lecturer and head of the Department of Government at he University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. He is...

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The report on the November 2016 plane crash in Greenwich Farm, Kingston, is expected to be released by the end of June, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has disclosed.Mikael Phillips, opposition spokesman on transport, lamented the delay...

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Government has provided three contrasting basic salaries for Sharon Hay-Webster, an adviserconsultant to Senator Ruel Reid, minister of education, youth and information.Reid informed the Senate yesterday that Hay-Webster's basic salary was $3,...

Published:Friday | June 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) says that it is forced to humanely end the lives of over 65 per cent of its intake due to health reasons and a lack of resources."We are going over 7,000 animals that are coming in...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

President of the People's National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO), Krystal Tomlinson, has claimed that The University of the West Indies (UWI) helps to stigmatise politics by not providing an open environment for political groups to gather and...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) yesterday rejected as incomplete a list of 40 consultants and advisers attached to ministers, which was submitted by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.Opposition...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Ministry of National Security is moving to activate the mediation clause in the police used-car contact with O'Brien's International Car Sales and Rentals. Permanent Secretary Dianne McIntosh disclosed yesterday that the dealer had delivered a...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The allocation of funds to stakeholders in the agriculture sector needs to be grounded in transparency, according to J.C. Hutchinson, minister without portfolio in charge of agriculture.He made the assertion during his sectoral presentation in the...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The youth arms of the main political parties are using contrasting methods to make politics and governance more attractive to youth in a push to boost participation. Young Jamaica, one of two Jamaica Labour Party affiliates, which focuses on...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has warned that statements from the Accountant General's Department related to the Consolidated Fund would be qualified if 30-year-old opening balances were not verified.Monroe Ellis made the disclosure on Tuesday...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has attributed the 19 per cent drop in poverty between 2015 and 2016 to increased employment and reduction in the cost of living.Data from the Jamaica Survey of Living Conditions, released yesterday by the Planning...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Alando Terrelonge, state minister for culture, gender affairs, entertainment and sport, says the appointment of Kedesha Campbell by the prime minister to head the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Programme Management Unit is grounded in fostering...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

"If you don't use it, you're going to lose it," was the warning from Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio with responsibility for land, to those who lease government lands. In his sectoral presentation in Parliament on Tuesday, Vaz announced that...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Fewer than 50 per cent of Jamaicans have said that they know someone who has done an illegal abortion. However, one of the island's leading gynaecologists, Dr Michael Abrahams, is not convinced that that number is accurate."It is quite likely that...

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Peter Levy, president of the Insurance Association of Jamaica (IAJ), has said that he was unaware of insurance companies increasing car premiums for disabled drivers. Opposition Senator Floyd Morris made the claim in his contribution to the debate...

Published:Monday | May 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Residents of some gated communities in the Corporate Area are concerned that their security is being compromised by the upsurge in short-term tourist rentals. They contend that guests arrive weekly and often disturb neighbours by playing loud music...

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Lisa Hanna, the opposition spokesperson on foreign affairs, believes that Jamaica has been too silent on critical issues related to international relations."The United States has announced trade sanctions and tariffs. Britain has decided to withdraw...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

More youth are set to gain employment through the National Service Corps Programme (NSCP) as the Government has disclosed plans to provide approximately $1.2 billion in budgetary support this year."Last year, Mr Speaker, we put $200 million into the...

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2018 | 12:49 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Peter Bunting, opposition spokesman on industry, has proposed that the General Consumption Tax (GCT) turnover threshold should be increased from $3 million to $36 million in a push to remove barriers related to tax compliance in...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Opposition Senator K.D. Knight has said that Jamaicans should stop perpetuating a narrative that the Road Traffic Bill currently before the Senate is geared towards generating additional revenue for the Government. He said that during his stint as...

Published:Monday | May 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Government Senator Charles Sinclair has rejected an opposition proposal that a two-day grace period be provided to motorists to produce their driver's licence when stopped by the police.The proposed fine under the Road Traffic Bill is $10,000 on...

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2018 | 12:31 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Opposition Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns believes the proposed fine of $2,000 for failing to wear a seat belt is too small.  “The reality of it, sir, is that because of the important role that the seat belt plays in restraining, I don...

Published:Saturday | May 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Holistic approach needed to address wiper boy problems - ASP GarrickThe Police say that they will continue to ramp up measures to rid the streets of men who make unwarranted offers to clean motorists' windscreens, and unattached youth at large, but...

Published:Thursday | May 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Members of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament have contended that the auditor general's claim of a cost overrun of US$2.71 million for a Jamaica Development Infrastructure Project for quantity surveyor services may not be painting an...

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