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Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

A long-established convention of Parliament following the dictates and wishes of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) is to be broken, with the Government indicating it will not be supporting a provision for state funding of political parties...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is claiming that the decision by the parliamentary Opposition in 2010 not to grant a second extension to a state of emergency was the main reason for Jamaica's spiralling crime rate.Holness, who was then a member of...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Parliament descended into chaos yesterday as National Security Minister Peter Bunting used a ministerial statement to denounce Opposition Leader Andrew Holness for claiming on the weekend that re-electing the People's National Party (PNP)...

Published:Tuesday | November 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro Lemes, is welcoming the tabling of a campaign-finance bill in Jamaica's Parliament and has expressed the hope that other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will...

Published:Monday | November 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Former South West St Elizabeth Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Christopher Tufton is urging Floyd Green not to take anything for granted in the upcoming general election as it could be costly.Arguing that he lost the seat in the last general election...

Published:Saturday | October 31, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

DR CHRISTOPHER Tufton says he is looking forward to making his contribution to the debate on the three Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) bills, which have stalled in the Senate as a result of a boycott by opposition members."I think it is important,...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

President of the Senate Floyd Morris has spurned an ultimatum from Opposition senators that he apologise or acknowledge that he erred in suspending Marlene Malahoo Forte from the Senate last Friday before they return to Gordon House, the seat of...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The school-feeding programme is to be directly linked with a promise, from Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, that an expanded PetroCaribe arrangement will see efforts aimed at reducing hunger and poverty in the region.Jerome Thomas, the Food and...

Published:Friday | October 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Opposition senators have been urged to atone for their sins, particularly as a result of "the tissue of lies" and "fabrication" they are said to have unleashed on the country as a result of last Friday's suspension of Marlene Malahoo Forte....

Published:Thursday | October 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The identity of persons and entities that give under $1 million in campaign contribution is to be kept secret by the country's electoral authorities even as one of Jamaica's most prominent private sector bodies - the Private Sector Organisation of...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has given the clearest indication yet that she has no intention of relieving Dr Fenton Ferguson of his ministerial responsibility for health, telling the minister in Parliament yesterday to ensure that adequate...

Published:Monday | October 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

"IT IS a psychological warfare," declared a supporter of Andrea Moore last Thursday amid tensions within the East Portland People's National Party family...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

President of the Senate Floyd Morris said that, were Marlene Malahoo Forte appearing in a court of law and behaved the same way to a judge as she had to him, she would be cited for contempt of court.Noting that Malahoo Forte is an attorney-at-law,...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 3:22 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte has been suspended from service in the Senate until she furnishes the president, Floyd Morris, with a letter supporting her claims that the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council had expressed an interest...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Arguing that Jamaica needs to rid itself of the propensity to "study and study and talk and talk" without taking action, Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips said on Tuesday that the long-promised amendments to the Income Tax Act, in respect of...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Jamaica's decision on whether it befriends another country appears to be primarily informed by the willingness of that country to provide assistance in time of need.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, while speaking on a motion for Jamaica to use...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

With the general election believed to be on the horizon, the governing People's National Party (PNP) will on Sunday head to its safest parish - Westmoreland - to warm-up for upcoming polls.The warm-up rally, which is scheduled to take place in...

Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

K.D. Knight put it succinctly when he used the phrase "that is what democracy is about".The people vote for a Government, and that Government is empowered to take decisions in the best interest of the people.Parliament, as Knight explained, is that...

Published:Sunday | October 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

With the country on election watch, the latest Gleaner-commissioned Bill Johnson polls have found the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) treading water, while the governing People's National Party (PNP) has built a positive momentum that could...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

OPPOSITION Senator Arthur Williams has revealed that he has had a "change of heart" on matters relating to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and has promised to "act in Jamaica's interest" when he votes on three bills aimed at delinking Jamaica...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

THE GOVERNMENT has indicated that amendments will be made to the Legal Aid Act to allow Jamaicans of modest financial means to be represented by state-paid attorneys at the level of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).At present, legal aid extends...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Arguing that approximately 275 Jamaicans who work under the seasonal workers' programme in the United States are due about J$77,000 each per year for expenses incurred in travelling to the North American country in order to work, a non-...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips has announced that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been agreed on the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) and the country's credit unions."I can report that the credit unions, after extensive discussions with the Bank of...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Key organisers in Jamaica's two main political parties say increases in the voters' list should not be interpreted as a sign of support for either the opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) or the governing People's National Party (PNP) by first-time...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Amid concerns that criminals are hiding online in plain sight, a member of the Government said in Parliament on Tuesday that monitoring suspected persons online may be an important step in preventing misdeeds.Closing the debate on the Cyber-crime...

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