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Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Opposition Spokesman on National Security Derrick Smith says the hardships being faced by Jamaicans as a result of the current extended fund facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may be fuelling crime levels on the island.Smith, a...

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Despite being a Jamaican and the first black man to be appointed a police chief in Canada, the Government's efforts at diaspora engagement are yet to include a direct outreach to Devon Clunis, head of the Winnipeg Police Service.A son of Harmony...

Published:Thursday | May 7, 2015 | 1:38 PMDaraine Luton

With only 10 plea deals struck under the Plea Bargaining Act, a move is now afoot to remove some of the barriers which have made the law unattractive for criminals to give information on other persons in exchange for lighter sentences.Plea judges...

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

An opposition member of parliament is suggesting privatising the National Water Commission (NWC) and getting the National Housing Trust (NHT) out of the business of constructing houses."It may be time to think anew in both water and housing," said...

Published:Wednesday | May 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Youth Minister Lisa Hanna has challenged Jamaicans to be more involved in the fight to stamp out instances of violence and sexual abuse against children, stating that efforts to positively impact the lives of the country's young will amount to zero...

Published:Tuesday | May 5, 2015 | 5:31 PMDaraine Luton

Board chairmen of the country's regional health authorities have been instructed to conduct a comprehensive audit of their major hospitals and health centres to determine the availability of supplies as well as the challenges being faced in ensuring...

Published:Monday | May 4, 2015 | 6:27 PMDaraine Luton

Novice drivers could face stiff prosecutions if their blood alcohol levels exceed 0.01 per cent, a move which is aimed at reducing road crashes.A report of the joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament that considered the new Road Traffic...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 4:38 PMDaraine Luton

THE MOVEMENT towards having casino gaming a part of the Jamaican landscape took another major step yesterday with the passage of two pieces of regulation in the Senate.Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding said the regulations would signal to the...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 4:24 PMDaraine Luton

If a child misses school for three days in one week without a reasonable excuse, the school principal is now obliged to visit the student's home with a view to ensuring his regular attendance.Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites said the directive...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

"I am envisioning a government system where somebody can be a member of the Cabinet even if they are from the other political party," Charles Frost told the gathering at Campion College in Liguanea to loud howls of disapproval.

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Despite owing millions of dollars to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown Burke says the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) will be holding back 20 per cent of funds due to the light and power company...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 9:46 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says the performance of Jamaica's education system was under par when he took over in 2012, and he is claiming that the People's National Party-formed government is bringing about major transformation in...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

More than a dozen of the homeless people removed from downtown Kingston ahead of last month's visit of United States President Barack Obama have been reintegrated with their families, says the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke. Some...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

A senior member of the governing People's National Party (PNP) has said parents who do not take responsibility for their children should not be considered good Comrades. Ronald Thwaites, the Member of Parliament for Central Kingston and...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is arguing that the performance of Jamaica's education system was below par when he took over in 2012, and is claiming that the People's National Party (PNP)-formed government is bringing about major...

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Two Jamaican firms are among the entities that have been shortlisted to take over the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).                                ...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

WITH MAJOR housing developments taking place in the Perth area of Manchester, Member of Parliament Michael Peart has said the upgrade of the roadway from Mandeville to Spur Tree via Swaby's Hope will generate...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Kern Spencer, a former junior energy minister, is producing a reality series which will give Jamaicans a peek into the lives of the Spencers.And he says that there is a great chance that the propensity of his mother, Peggy Ewen, to threaten to beat...

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Start-up businesses will not be required to pay the Minimum Business Tax until after two years of operations.At the same time, businesses will not be required to pay the tax unless their gross sales exceed $5 million per year.The House of...

Published:Sunday | April 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

In August 2013, when Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller travelled to China to meet with government officials as well as potential investors, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), the parent company for China Harbour Engineering...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The principal of an improving high school in the Corporate Area has urged his colleagues to be mindful of their embrace of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA), an organisation which he said has made it difficult for to remove incompetent and...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Prim Lewis' leadership of the Schoolfield Primary and Infant School in St Elizabeth has been hailed by Education Minister Ronald Thwaites as exemplary.Thwaites, making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament last Wednesday, said the...

Published:Thursday | April 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Dr Lois Shalla, a Canadian national, has been announced as Jamaica's chief information officer (CIO), giving him responsibility to direct the country's e-Government programme. "He...

Published:Saturday | April 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

She is now Senator Dr Angela Brown Burke - emphasis on doctor. Just last week, the veteran politician completed her doctoral work, and her accomplishment did not escape colleague senators when they assembled for last Friday's sitting of Parliament's...

Published:Friday | April 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

CRIMINALS WHO confess to serious crimes such as non-capital murder, shooting and rape mayy soon be able to up to 50 per cent discount on their sentences if they acknowledge their guilt at the first opportunity.The Criminal Justice (Administration) Act, which was...

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