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Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Government will be spending at least $2.5 billion over the next two fiscal years to clean up the voters' list, removing hundreds of thousands of names that should not be on the register.Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Finance and Public...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Declaring that there was urgent need to fight crime on all fronts, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says that the Government will, in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, significantly boost the budget of the justice sector.In the current financial year, nearly...

Published:Thursday | January 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The hotline to make reports of incidents of child abuse will now be working 24 hours a day, eight hours more than the previous 16 hours it operated. This move by the Government comes in the wake of increased reports of child abuse.The Office of the...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Members of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee will today comb through the First Supplementary Estimates of Expenditure which contains an additional $6.8 billion for public debt servicing and an extra $5.9 billion for the...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 12:51 AMEdmond Campbell

Indicating that he has the political will to implement the long-awaited public-sector transformation exercise, including job cuts, Andrew Holness, the head of the Government, yesterday announced some far-reaching measures to overhaul the public...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

With the Government yesterday outlining plans for the implementation of the public-sector transformation programme this year, unions representing workers in the service have said that they are on board.Helene Davis Whyte, president of the Jamaica...

Published:Friday | January 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Even as the Government targets April this year to pass the long-awaited Pensions (Public Service) Act, the main union representing public-sector workers says that state employees still have concerns about aspects of the proposed law.Under the new US...

Published:Friday | December 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) O'Neil Grant is crying foul at what he describes as the discriminatory treatment of officers in the Fiscal Management Group (FMG) of the public sector who are often required to reapply for...

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Three months before the widening and upgrading of a 2.4 kilometre section of Marcus Garvey Drive, residents of Greenwich Farm, a community which the road passes, are demanding that an overhead pedestrian crossing be part of the project, apparently...

Published:Tuesday | December 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

There are jitters in the marketplace that the country could be faced with a severe shortage of rice for the Christmas season, with one major importer of the product arguing that if the freeze imposed on the distribution of rice on the wharves is not...

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

While indicating that he would not offer a comment on the absence of Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller from yesterday's signing of the Partnership for a Prosperous Jamaica Agreement at King's House, Prime Minister Andrew Holness signalled that...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Millions of dollars more have been earmarked for spending on bush-clearing work and drain cleaning across the country as members of parliament (MPs) submit Christmas work projects for approval. This comes fast on the heels of the Government's $600...

Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Political commentator Martin Henry says while the last cycle of the Portia Simpson Miller administration might be viewed as a watershed moment in Jamaica's longer-term history, her performance as a member of parliament is woefully lacking and her...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie says he expects the new slate of mayors to hit the ground running after they are sworn into office on December 8.In a press release yesterday, McKenzie advised that all 228 councillors, along with mayor...

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

With the February 25 general election win providing well-needed momentum for its candidates, the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) yesterday overturned the People's National Party's (PNP) stranglehold on municipal corporations and took control of...

Published:Friday | November 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

As the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) pores over an application by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) for a rate increase affecting residential, small, and large commercial customers, at least one sector group is expressing great concern that if...

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte is working feverishly to provide the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) with advice ahead of Monday's local government elections, particularly in relation to a Supreme Court ruling, which effectively...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

An intense race is on between first-time councillor candidate for the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Paul Thompson and incumbent Elaine Osbourne for the Manchioneal division in Portland, with a win by either contender likely to determine which side...

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Even as the Government yesterday announced a three-pronged approach to overseeing the new arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC), Keith Duncan, is assuring Jamaicans...

Published:Saturday | November 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Allegations that some candidates and their campaign teams are planning to embark on a vote-buying scheme in the upcoming local government elections, have prompted head of the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) Dorothy Pine McClarty to warn...

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

With the rapid erection of orange and green flags across constituencies in the run-up to the November 28 Local Government Elections, at least one councillor in St Thomas says he has no plans to engage in a cloth war.Councillor Rohan Bryan of the...

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Fred Ewers, an elderly resident of Amity Hall, St Thomas, was unfazed by the sweltering heat of the sun as he moves his hand in a circular motion with a 'float', skilfully creating a level surface on the fresh concrete he had earlier poured to fill...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Less than two weeks before Jamaicans go to the polls to elect their local representatives, the Opposition People's National Party has gone on the offensive over garbage, accusing the Government of playing politics with the issue.At the same time,...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Discussing the economic potential of off-campus student housing in communities near the two universities in St Andrew Eastern, member of...

Published:Friday | November 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

At least two key sector leaders want the two major political parties to carry out campaigns in a civil manner that will not disrupt productivity in the run-up to the local government elections announced yesterday for November 28.Warren McDonald,...

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