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Published:Thursday | March 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Police Federation has a final opportunity today to indicate if its members are willing to accept retroactive payments up to April 2017, Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw disclosed while closing the 2018-19 Budget Debate...

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Government has completed 90 per cent of the business processes required for the implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS), Prime Minister Andrew Holness disclosed during his contribution to the Budget Debate yesterday.The...

Published:Tuesday | March 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The lack of an improved solid waste management framework locally has hampered the effectiveness of anti-litter social marketing campaign, Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica, according to Suzanne Stanley, chief executive officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust."...

Published:Saturday | March 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Opposition senators objected to a proposed role of the national security minister in the bill to establish the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) as an independent body during yesterday's sitting of the Upper House. Clause 9,...

Published:Friday | March 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Peter Phillips, leader of the opposition, called for the Integrity Commission, the country's newly formed single anti-corruption body, to be empowered to investigate all government contracts, no matter how small, as he made his Budget Debate...

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Public sector workers can receive a better wage offer than the 16 per cent increase over four years that is currently on the table, according to Opposition Spokesman for Finance Mark Golding, who was addressing a post-Budget Debate press conference...

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Opposition Spokesperson on Finance Mark Golding yesterday dismissed the Government's announcement that there would be no new taxes for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, stating that it is three Budgets late with the move.In his maiden Budget Debate...

Published:Friday | March 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Finance Minster Audley Shaw has announced that the Government will focus on increasing competition among banks, as opposed to regulating banking fees, in a "time-bound action plan to stop predatory charges and fees by financial institutions".Shaw,...

Published:Wednesday | March 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Students from primary schools now account for 30 per cent of the population at Jamaica's leading secondary school, Campion College. This is an increase from five per cent over the last decade.Principal Grace Baston said there was a strategic...

Published:Saturday | March 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Opposition Spokesman for Finance Mark Golding raised concerns about the economic implications of the debt that will be incurred from the roll-out of the National Identification System(NIDS) as Parliament's Standing Finance Committee examined the...

Published:Friday | March 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is pushing to reduce debt related to Jamaica's Caribbean Community (CARICOM) membership. Portfolio Minister Kamina Johnson Smith disclosed that the country owes the CARICOM Secretariat just under $...

Published:Tuesday | February 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

National Security Minister Robert Montague believes the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) is not as firm as it should be, assuring that there will be a legislative push for Jamaicans to account for their wealth."They (legislators) watered down the...

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Child traffickers now face up to 20 years in prison, which is double the previous maximum penalty under the Child Care and Protection Act.The Senate passed companion bills yesterday to amend the Trafficking in Persons and the Child Care and...

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The restoration of dignity and what it means to Jamaicans will be on the agenda of Reverend Karen Kirlew when she becomes the first female president of the 169-year-old Jamaica Baptist Union (JBU) on Sunday.Being held under the theme 'Being God's...

Published:Thursday | February 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Jamaicans in conflict with the law will no longer benefit from outdated fines as close to 700 pieces of legislation will be amended by the end of the 2018-2019 financial year to include stiffer penalties, according to Minister of Justice Delroy...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Acting Leader of the House Everald Warmington tried to move a motion on Thursday in the Lower House to reverse a decision by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding in 2007 that allows the Opposition to name members to chair oversight committees.The...

Published:Saturday | February 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Former Prime Minister Bruce Golding, who chaired the commission to review Jamaica's relations within the CARICOM and CARIFORUM frameworks, believes that some of the proposed sanctions for member states will stir up controversy.The recommended...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says that discussions are under way for the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) to provide breast cancer patients who are Her2 positive with direct access to a highly effective drug, Herceptin.Tufton...

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) has been acting on recommendations from the auditor general to strengthen its quality-control framework, according to Managing Director Gary Howell. He said the agency has been employing more qualified persons...

Published:Friday | February 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

Complaints by visitors to Jamaica have been trending down over the past five years despite a recent travel advisory issued by the United States Department of State, warning tourists to avoid secluded places or situations, even in resorts.Last month...

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