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Published:Monday | October 12, 2015 | 12:47 AMDaraine Luton

Having boasted so much about restoring Jamaica's good name in the international arena, the Portia Simpson Miller -led Government is certainly doing a good job of transporting Jamaica back to the back quarters of colonization and bowing to Backra...

Published:Sunday | October 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The favourability rating of Portia Simpson Miller has hit an all-time low, falling 42 percentage points from the time she was first sworn in as prime minister in March 2006, based on opinion polls conducted by Bill Johnson."Things are just wearing...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson has categorised as public mischief claims being made that the Zika virus is in Jamaica.In a statement to the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Ferguson said that "there is no such evidence" of the virus being in...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

It is being proposed that a petition signed by 15 per cent of voters in a municipality be able to trigger the dissolution of a parish council, providing that the minister in charge of local government is satisfied that it is not competent to perform...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

A "difficult journey" to the enactment of campaign-finance laws in Jamaica is "nearing an end" as the legislation committee of Cabinet yesterday held what is believed to have been the last meeting to finalise a draft bill before it is laid in...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Opposition Member of Parliament Delroy Chuck has described the country's two maximum-security prisons as "dungeons" and has said that "there is no doubt that we need to really eliminate them".Chuck's categorisation of the Tower Street and St...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

With limited fiscal space for capital spending this fiscal year, residents in North West St Elizabeth are being told not to expect any major roadworks in the constituency, despite the major thoroughfares being in deplorable condition.Dr Omar Davies...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Jamaica has moved a step closer to allowing for the impeachment of public officials, a long-promised feature of the country's democratic landscape.The Local Governance Bill, one of the three strategic pieces of legislation that have been brought to...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Having shocked the nation in the 2011 general election when he upstaged Dr Christopher Tufton to win South West St Elizabeth by 13 votes, the People's National Party's (PNP) Hugh Buchanan is predicting that he will again win the seat if he is placed...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Seven days after the British Government announced via a press release that it had signed a deal "to send Jamaican prisoners home", the United Kingdom last night had yet to amend its reports despite the Jamaican Government declaring them inaccurate....

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The Cabinet could be stripped of the power to propose new dates for general elections in certain circumstances if Parliament agrees to a recommendation from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to have the Constituted Authority advise the...

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Peter Blake claims that the idea for the creation of an integrity commission in the People's National Party (PNP) was his idea.The PNP established its integrity commission, which was part of efforts to fight corruption of all forms in the community...

Published:Friday | October 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Decrying the state of conditions in Jamaica's prisons, National Security Minister Peter Bunting said Wednesday that the country would benefit greatly from the construction of a...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), says a memorandum of understanding MOU) that has been inked by the regional university and Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, will lead to the production of growth-...

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Dr Christopher Tufton says he is not yet ready to leave politics despite seeing his latest attempt to get back to the House of Representatives blocked by delegates on Saturday."That issue does not arise at this point in time for me. One always has...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Professor Verene Shepherd, chair of the National Commission on Reparation (NCR), is insisting that Jamaican legislators settle for nothing short of an apology for the ills of slavery from British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is expected to...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

At least two persons have been shortlisted for the job of political ombudsman, but it is likely that the person who next occupies the office will not be given a seven-year tenure.Phillip Paulwell, minister with responsibility for electoral matters,...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

JAMAICA'S Members of parliament (MPs) are being urged by one of their own to turn their backs on British Prime Minister David Cameron unless the issue of reparation for the ills of slavery is placed on the agenda for his visit to the island next...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2015 | 12:06 AMDaraine Luton

William Mahfood, president of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), said on Monday that his organisation was not endorsing any political party to form the Government after the next general election...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Karl Samuda, a senior member of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), said yesterday that there is need for a political ombudsman to intervene in an Internet domain warfare involving both political parties.Bishop Herro Blair resigned in June...

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

J.C. Hutchinson, the sitting member of parliament for North West St Elizabeth, has often said he will be hitting former West Indies fast bowler Daren Powell back over his head for six and causing a major dent in the youngster's political career....

Published:Tuesday | September 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

With A general election expected in a few months, the calls for legislation governing campaign finance reform are getting louder.The National Integrity Action (NIA), the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Jamaican Bar Association...

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

A Marcus Garvey People's Political Party (MGPPP) government would use the laws of adverse possession to take hold of private lands and distribute to landless Jamaicans for developmental purposes.Horace Matthews, chairman of the MGPPP, said access to...

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

It is an open secret that the prorogation of Parliament is not far away. In fact, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has told supporters of her political party to get ready for the sound of the trumpet, which would signal fresh elections.We already...

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

Justice Minister Mark Golding said yesterday that bills have already been drafted to amend the Childcare and Protection Act and the Sexual Offences Act to increase the penalties for people who abuse children.Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller,...

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