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

Former parliamentarian Sharon Hay-Webster has expressed renewed interest in serving as the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate for North East St Catherine.Hay-Webster, a two-term member of parliament for the old South Central St Catherine...

Published:Monday | September 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Former parliamentarian Sharon Hay Webster has expressed a renewed interest in serving as the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP's) candidate for North East St Catherine. Hay Webster, a two-term MP for the old South Central St Catherine constituency for...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

As provocative as Delroy Chuck's 'buy them out' suggestion may be, it is one that is worthy of serious consideration, providing it is undertaken in such a way that will preserve the dignity of the less-fortunate people who occupy these depressed...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Former Jamaica Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has called for the construction of a university on local soil in honour of late Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.Patterson, one of the founding signatories to the PetroCaribe agreement, while speaking at...

Published:Sunday | September 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Cuba has served a warning to countries of the region not to allow any outside forces to destroy the PetroCaribe, a facility created by the late left-wing leader, Hugo Ch·vez, which the vice-president of the State Council of Cuba, Salvador Valdes...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Nearly $95 million is to be spent renovating the corporate office of the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, and Education (CHASE) Fund located at Belmont Road, St Andrew.Cabinet in June approved the award of a contract in the...

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

Jamaica will be seeking to push Venezuela to begin the upgrade of the Petrojam refinery in order for it be ready when the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) cuts its demand for heavy fuel oil in 2017, and turn to gas to run its new power plants....

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

East Rural St Andrew Member of Parliament Damion Crawford wants elected personnel to be given powers to decide on the implementation of projects in their constituencies."There is a democratic capture happening where the elected has very little say...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2015 | 10:18 AMDaraine Luton

Disappointed that suggestions he made a year ago in Parliament about how to get the economy going were ignored, West Rural St Andrew Member of Parliament (MP) Paul Buchanan has made a call for a mechanism to be put in place for the examination of...

Published:Wednesday | September 2, 2015 | 12:53 PMDaraine Luton

CLAIMING THAT there is danger of an outbreak of leptospirosis in his constituency because of the pile-up of garbage, Audley Shaw wants the auditor general to conduct a performance audit to determine the extent to which Southern Parks and Markets is...

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

NORTH EAST St Andrew Member of Parliament Delroy Chuck said yesterday that he is not anti-poor, and that his suggestions for the buying out of properties in depressed communities is born purely out of a desire to ensure urban renewal and the...

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

Jamaica's water minister was until yesterday unaware that the central parish of Manchester had rivers.Robert Pickersgill was a picture of shock yesterday when his government colleague Mikael Phillips revealed in the House of Representatives that...

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

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller said yesterday in the House of Representatives that a committee is being set up to find ways of recognising the achievements of the Jamaican athletes who placed second in the medals table  at the recently concluded World...

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2015 | 6:05 PMDaraine Luton

The Simpson Miller Government is being urged to consider leading a process of renewal in Jamaica's inner cities by purchasing, on a large scale, property owned by poor people and selling them to developers to build housing solutions for middle-class...

Published:Friday | August 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Despite spending more than $755 billion through the national Budget on education since 2005, Jamaica will not meet the target set out in the national transformation road map of having 60 per cent of students sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education...

Published:Sunday | August 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

A new political ombudsman will be appointed before the next election. Well, that is what Phillip Paulwell, the leader of government business in the House of Representatives, says.Former Political Ombudsman Bishop Herro Blair demitted office in June...

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

If education Minister Reverend Ronald Thwaites has his way, he would rush to the feet of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) seeking to have the requirement to send home teachers who have reached retirement age removed from the current Extended...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Having won 10 of the 18 constituencies in Clarendon and St Catherine, the political machine designed to organise the People's National Party (PNP) in those southeastern parishes is taking aim at capturing two additional parliamentary seats in the...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2015 | 1:58 PMDaraine Luton

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) yesterday revealed that it relies onobituaries published in the media to purge the voters' list of dead people.Responding to a story published in this newspaper, the election body acknowledged that it faces...

Published:Sunday | August 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Before Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips sits with his technical team to craft the outline for the 2016-2017 Budget, members of parliament will be using the floor of Parliament to appeal to him for money to be allocated to various projects in their...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillips said yesterday that the joint-select committee considering the Customs bill is open to making adjustments to the proposed legislation if necessary.A raft of private-sector groups, including the Private Sector...

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Dr D.K. Duncan yesterday warned the governing People's National Party (PNP) to take stock of itself, arguing that no political party beset by significant internal conflict can be successful in a general-election campaign.At the same time, Duncan,...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Jamaican shipping and port interests say that inadequate facilitation poses the greatest threat to Jamaica's emergence as a major logistics hub and warn that proposed amendments to the Customs Act, as currently framed, could entrench the problems.A...

Published:Tuesday | August 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

At least five sitting government members of parliament (MPs) are under threat of not being allowed to face the voters in the next general election, with regional appraisal panels approving challenges to their candidacy.Youth Minister Lisa Hanna and...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

An old fire hydrant peeps out from behind a patch of wilted grass at the side of the roadway in Ballard's Valley, South East St Elizabeth. Its caps have long disappeared, but there is nothing escaping from this connection point which firefighters...

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