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Published:Sunday | June 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Assuming Horace Dalley's disclosure that every percentage increase in wage offered to public sector workers would cost $1.2 billion, it seems that the Government will have to engage in either a massive tax package to raise the funds to prevent the...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2015 | 4:50 PMDaraine Luton

A Jamaican legislator has described Parliament's major oversight committee - the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) - as a toothless lion and has called for the creation of an entity to allow it to better fight against...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The Capital Development Fund (CDF), which represents the country's earning from bauxite levy, has been depleted to $5.8 million, and many communities that have given up their red gold now feel cheated.Richard Parchment, member of parliament (MP) for...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Jamaica is indebted to foreign governments and agencies to the tune of $53.9 billion, nearly half of which is owed to China.Financial statements tabled in the House of Representatives last week by Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips indicate that $24...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Stating that the country's economic recovery and security could be put at grave risk if the Government misses established wage targets, Jamaica's national security minister yesterday appealed to the Police Federation to return to the bargaining...

Published:Monday | June 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Robert Brooks gazed into a wide open, rugged pit at Johnson Bottom in North Central Clarendon. A few decades ago, the area was a hive of mining activity. Bulldozers, backhoes and trucks were engaged to rip the ore from the earth, the aim being to...

Published:Sunday | May 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

DESPITE THE deadline for residents of Windsor Heights, St Catherine, to pay for the lands they have occupied free of cost for decades, the Government has said it has no plans to evict the occupiers from the lands.Dr Morais Guy, minister without...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to empower the administrator general to distribute assets worth millions of dollars to beneficiaries of deceased persons more easily.Attorney General Patrick Atkinson, who piloted the bill to...

Published:Tuesday | May 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Seventy-nine-year-old parliamentarian Pearnel Charles was yesterday labeled an "irrelevant relic" by Dr Omar Davies, 11 years his junior, as members of parliament crossed swords on the matter of state spending, during yesterday's sitting of the...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Occupiers of 1,250 lots in Windsor Heights, St Catherine, now face eviction from the properties many of them have called home for years because of their failure to agree to a payment schedule in order to remain on the lands.The Ministry of Transport...

Published:Sunday | May 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

During the Budget Debate, Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips announced that the Government would be seeking to collect half a billion dollars from the rationalisation of outdated fee measures.That rationalisation is part of the revenue package which...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Audley Shaw wants the Christiana bypass in North East Manchester, which was held up by the People's National Party (PNP) as an example of poor use of taxpayers, to be officially opened.The one-kilometre road, which was constructed in 2011, cost...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

After years of being in a state of disrepair, the Rio Grande Valley in Portland is to see major repairs to the roadway under the Chinese-funded Major Infrastructure Development Programme (MIDP).Transport, Works and Housing Minister Dr Omar Davies...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Arguing that the Government has been lukewarm in its approach to public-sector reform, the Opposition, Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), said that the reason a better wage offer cannot be made to...

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

CHRISTIANA, Manchester: Having seen his winning margin sliced dramatically in the last general elections,  North East Manchester Member of Parliament has told constituents that he needs his dominance restored. Shaw, referred to as a five-star...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

CHRISTIANA, Manchester: South Trelawny Member of Parliament Marisa Dalrymple Philibert Sunday night delivered a sobering address to Labourites in Christiana, Manchester, telling them that hard work and unity are necessary for the Jamaica Labour...

Published:Sunday | May 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

CHRISTIANA, Manchester: A Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) parish council aspirant has called for parents across the island to wear black and join teachers in their fight for increased wage. "Wear black because we need to ensure that the nation'...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Memry Edie was a nervous wreck Wednesday afternoon as she watched a massive bush fire draw closer and closer to her house which sits along the riverbank in Gordon Castle, Llandewey, St Thomas.For more than a week, the fire has been raging in the...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Outgoing head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission to Jamaica, Dr Jan Kees Martijn, says he is sad to leave Jamaica but expressed delight that the country's economic reform programme appears to be on track."I think Jamaica has made a lot...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) new chief of missions to Jamaica, Uma Ramakrishnan, said yesterday that the missing of the nominal primary surplus target by the country under its Extended Fund Facility is not a big deal.Jamaica missed the...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips says the Government will have to cut back on other forms of spending in the economy if public sector workers are to get a higher wage increase than has been proposed by the State."We have to be able to ensure that...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

EVEN after seeing efforts to secure the parliamentary opposition's support of three bills that would pave the way for Jamaica to abolish appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy...

Published:Tuesday | May 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Despite a $4-billion shortfall in the nominal primary surplus target under the extended fund facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Fund’s staff team, which reviewed Jamaica’s performance, is to ...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

If there were doubts as to whether quality presentations can be made in the Sectoral Debate without members of parliament being on their feet for upwards of two hours, think again.The revamped debate, which ended last week, demonstrated that members...

Published:Monday | May 11, 2015 | 3:50 PMDaraine Luton

Dr St Aubyn Bartlett recalls getting a piercing stare from Edward Seaga in 2003 after he abstained from voting on a bill that would eventually pave the way for Jamaica to join the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its original jurisdiction.With...

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