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Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 4:14 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Members of Parliament have rushed to the defence of Member of Parliament for South West St Andrew, Everald Warmington. MP for North East St Andrew, Delroy Chuck, said Warmington was...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 12:07 AMDaraine Luton

POLITICIANS WHO misuse campaign donations will not be subjected to criminal prosecutions despite a call from two lawmakers in the Senate on Friday for persons who breach the law to face punitive sanctions.A clause in the campaign finance bill says...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Despite ripping the Campaign Finance Bill to shreds during the debate in the Senate last Friday, Government Senator Lambert Brown was silent when it mattered most, sealing his lips when the opportunity came for him to vote against the bill.Brown...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

THREATS MADE by Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation that it would send home a huge chunk of its workforce if the Government pushes ahead with plans to collect outstanding levy from them have been rebuffed by Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips, who...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Despite only 14 per cent of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidates for the next general election being women, Andrew Holness, the party's leader, says the...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Financial secretary Devon Rowe yesterday resisted suggestions that the Government was ill-advised when it purchased a hedge to protect against increases in oil prices, a venture which has thus far "gone down the tube", according to Audley Shaw.Shaw...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness yesterday insisted that Audley Shaw would be the finance minister if the party is elected to form the Government in the upcoming general election.Holness, the leader of the opposition, gave a robust...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 12:52 AMDaraine Luton

Two bills that are deemed to be of importance in making Jamaica an  International Financial Services Centre were yesterday passed in the House of Representatives. The General Partnership and Limited Partnership bills, which were passed, are...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The buy-back of Jamaica's PetroCaribe debt is chiefly responsible for a $166.8 billion increase that has been proposed for the national Budget.The First Supplementary Estimates, tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday, show that the...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 6:46 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Controversial Member of Parliament Everald Warmington twice referred to Government Member Lisa Hanna as "a Jezebel" during today's sitting of the House of Representatives prompting her colleagues to rush to her defence. A Jezebel...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Long before he was transferred out of the Ministry of Health, Dr Fenton Ferguson took the necessary steps to ensure that any suspected case of the Zika virus (ZIKV) that was detected in Jamaica by medical doctors was to be reported to the ministry...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

At least two candidates who will be contesting the parliamentary election due this year have turned to crowdfunding as a source of raising money for their campaign.Dr Dayton Campbell, the member of parliament for North West St Ann, and Dennis...

Published:Saturday | January 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

THE PATH is now set for Jamaica's national security minister to, with the stroke of a pen, waive the country's right to exercise jurisdiction over a citizen found on the high seas with contraband.Senators yesterday voted along party lines to pass...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Some road contractors have been building substandard roads and, in some instances, have hoodwinked the authorities by submitting falsified reports on tested materials."The quality of the nation's road infrastructure could be compromised if NWA [...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The Government is being accused of putting the interest of Jamaicans behind Chinese interest with the parliamentary opposition alleging that it effected a major change to a provision in a draft agreement that sought to dictate the extent to which...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

South West St Catherine Member of Parliament (MP) Everald Warmington is urging the Government to immediately establish a special programme geared specifically at providing employment and support for the thousands of students leaving educational...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

An opposition lawmaker used the floor of Parliament yesterday to charge that the State has not been doing enough for sports persons.Everald Warmington claimed that young athletes are only recognised by the Government at the time of their performance...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 4:07 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Transport Minister Dr Omar Davies has revealed that as at December 2015, the government incurred US$1 million (J$120 million) in the failed effort to privatise the Norman Manley International Airport. Davies, speaking in the House of...

Published:Tuesday | January 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Cabinet has approved a 50 per cent increase in the amount candidates will be allowed to spend in general election campaigns.Phillip Paulwell, the minister with responsibility for electoral affairs, said yesterday that the upper spending limit for...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Central Westmoreland Member of Parliament Dwayne Vaz says he "will never ever use songs with violent lyrics again".Vaz has been on the receiving end of condemnation following his decision to sing parts of Vybz Kartel's Wah Dem Feel Like at a public...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2015 | 10:15 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Evangelist Sandra Brooks has told Comrades that God expects the People's National Party (PNP) to heal the divisions within its ranks. "A party that is divided cannot stand," Brooks said at a PNP gospel concert in front of the...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2015 | 9:57 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Except for a few diehard supporters, the street in front of the People's National Party (PNP) headquarters on Old Hope Road, St Andrew was sparse Saturday night. The PNP had hoped to stage a massive Corporate Area gospel concert just before...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee, one of the country's leading geologists, has indicated that any unplanned housing development in Dallas Mountain, St Andrew, would be ill-advised and could lead to pollution of the Hope River.Lyew-Ayee also said that an area...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Phillip Paulwell's response to a question from opposition member Gregory Mair about when a bill to amend the Access to Information Act (ATI) will be taken to Parliament is, at the very least, unsatisfactory and should not be accepted. Paulwell, the...

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Technology Minister Phillip Paulwell says the Universal Service Fund (USF) must find ways to "collect every red cent" which is due to it from telecommunications providers that have not been paying over a universal levy to the Government.As at March...

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