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

Damion Crawford is getting ready to leave representational politics.The East Rural St Andrew member of parliament (MP) made the revelation yesterday, hours after a testy exchange between himself and Dr Angela Brown Burke blew up on social media."I...

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

Several developers are said to have shown interest in putting housing solutions on state-owned lands in the Dallas Mountain area of St Andrew, which has recently been captured, cut up, and was being sold for as low as $3,000 per lot.Opposition...

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

Karl Samuda, a member of the parliamentary opposition, says he is against legislation that would "prevent a company from using its creativity to maximise its profit position".The North Central St Andrew MP, who speaks on industry for the opposition...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Despite spending millions of dollars to support the tablets-in-schools project, it has been determined that the Universal Service Fund (USF) has no mechanism to monitor whether it is getting value for money."We found no evidence of project...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

A Jamaican legislator has suggested that the Venezuelans' rejection of the Hugo Chavez-type socialist policies in national elections on Sunday is comparable to Michael Manley's People's National Party (PNP) being booted from state power by Jamaicans...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday tabled the sexual harassment bill in the House of Representatives as the Government seeks to outlaw sexual intimidation, coercion and pestering in the workplace, institutions and in landlord-tenant...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2015 | 4:38 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

A sexual harassment bill has been tabled in the House of Representatives which seeks to outlaw sexual intimidation, coercion and pestering in the workplace, institutions and in landlord-tenant relationships. Prime Minister Portia Simpson...

Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2015 | 4:22 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Rosalee Gage Gray, the CEO of the Child Development Agency, has been instructed to initiate disciplinary proceedings against members of her staff for their handling of the removal of a group of wards from a State facility. The report said there was...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

PERSONS WHO have fallen victim to a land scheme in Dallas Mountain, St Andrew, are being told to try and recover monies they paid for the property."My suggestion to them is that they seek to reclaim funds from those who they have paid it to," Dr...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Just when one thought the Senate had forgotten its real purpose and had been caught up in political partisanship and petty squabbling, members of the Upper House last week, in debating a particular bill, demonstrated they still remember what their...

Published:Saturday | December 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

JAMAICAN NATIONALS found aboard vessels containing contraband such as drugs on the high seas could soon be denied the opportunity to return to Jamaica to stand trial.The Government yesterday attempted to secure the passage of an anti-crime bill to...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2015 | 3:45 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

An irate Government Senator Lambert Brown brought a premature end to his contribution to an anti-crime bill in the Upper House today amid taunting from Opposition Senator Tom Tavares Finson. Brown, a government senator, and Tavares Finson were are...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2015 | 12:13 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Confessed Irwin Point rapist Patrick Green has been linked to 20 cases of rape through the use of DNA technology, Justice Minister Mark Golding said in the Senate today. Green has pleaded guilty for the 2012 rape of five females, including an eight...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Hundreds of acres of state-owned land are being sold illegally under a "political land for the poor" scheme in Dallas Mountain, East Rural St Andrew, and is nowthe subject of a major fraud investigation by an elite anti-corruption police unit."There...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Two communities in North West St Elizabeth are set to get electricity for the first time by the end of next January.In making the announcement, Phillip Paulwell, energy minister, said that he has been advised by the former Rural Electrification...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Industry Minister Anthony Hylton has sought to defend the position of the Government to confer the same level of priority for securing jobs in the proposed Special Economic Zones (SEZ), on both Jamaicans and nationals of other Caribbean countries....

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 6:41 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

A provision in the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) bill for Jamaicans to be given first priority in landing jobs has been amended. Industry minister Anthony Hylton, in piloting the bill in the House of Representatives today, gave no reason for the...

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 4:57 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica is now one step closer to having the campaign financing bill made into law after the House of Representatives this afternoon approved the legislation despite concern that it does not go far enough. The bill will now be sent to the...

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 3:48 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Two communities in North West St Elizabeth — Johnson Bush Road and Red Hills/10 Foot Road — are set to get electricity for the first time by the end of January next year. In making the announcement, Phillip Paulwell, the energy...

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller said that the call for continuity in certain areas of governance, made by major national stakeholders last week, was an endorsement of the Government she leads."I consider the request to...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 11:09 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Gleaner Writer

Having visited Portland and St Thomas on Sunday, Dr Peter Phillips, the People's National Party (PNP's) campaign director, said it is clear that there is need for a new economic and social dispensation for the eastern parishes. Phillips,...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 10:46 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Gleaner Writer

People's National Party (PNP) president Portia Simpson Miller has responded to a request from a group of major national stakeholders who last week wrote to her seeking commitments for five major items going into the next general elections...

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 10:16 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Having seen James Robertson's winning margin take a massive hit in the last general elections, the governing People's National Party (PNP) believes it can win the West St Thomas seat for the fifth time in the history of the constituency....

Published:Sunday | November 29, 2015 | 8:53 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Dr Morais Guy, the chairman for the People's National Party (PNP's) Region Two says the embattled East St Thomas MP Dr Fenton Ferguson has done enough for his East St Thomas constituency and the parish to be re-elected to serve a...

Published:Saturday | November 28, 2015 | 3:02 AMDaraine Luton

LIGHT AND power providers, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) said yesterday that it is getting independent advice from its lawyers on whether to proceed with a contract with Spanish firm Abengoa to construct its power plant at Old Harbour, St...

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