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Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Work to develop a compensation policy for the public sector is well advanced, according to State Minister for Finance and the Public Service Rudyard Spencer.In his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in Parliament on Tuesday, Spencer said the...

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Delinquent motorists who have accumulated traffic tickets will be given an amnesty to settle their obligations before the new Road Traffic Act is introduced.Debate on the far-reaching Road Traffic Bill has already started in the House of...

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is now taking steps to introduce the first phase of its rural-urban transport plan.Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry said that the transport plan would be rolled out between Old Harbour in St...

Published:Wednesday | April 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Government used its superior numbers in Parliament yesterday to pass the Property Tax (Amendment) Act, 2017, after the parliamentary Opposition called for a divide at the committee stage, forcing House Speaker Pearnel Charles to put the proposed...

Published:Saturday | April 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Education Minister Ruel Reid yesterday drew the ire of his Opposition colleagues in the Upper House for calling the process of setting up a joint select committee of Parliament "a talk shop". His unflattering tag came when he sought to recant on his...

Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Jamaica's disaster management systems yesterday received a significant boost with the Japanese Government providing nearly US$13 million in grant support for a project to improve the country's emergency communication network.Finance and the Public...

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang signalled yesterday that the Government was taking steps to relocate some squatters in settlements he described as "dense".In his contribution to the...

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has referred three former executives of public bodies to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) following an investigation into procurement related expenditure of the Jamaica 50 celebrations.In a...

Published:Tuesday | April 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Dr Peter Phillips has signalled that the parliamentary Opposition will put up strong resistance to any measure introduced by the Government that is oppressive.In a Gleaner interview after receiving the instrument of office as opposition leader at...

Published:Saturday | April 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Commissioner of Land Valuation Eric Allen yesterday defended the work of his agency in assigning property values to the estimated 835,000 lots across the country.Finance and Public Service Minister Audley Shaw, who announced the changes inproperty...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The governing Jamaica Labour Party has challenged claims by Clarendon North West Member of Parliament Richard Azan that millions of dollars in public funds, under a contract monitored by the National Works Agency, were used to provide accommodation...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has said the early retirement scheme to be offered to public-sector workers effective April 1, 2017 over a one-year period is part of the administration's efforts to cut the oversize state wage bill.A projected wage-to-...

Published:Monday | March 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Receiving the proverbial baton from his predecessor Portia Simpson Miller, new president of the People's National Party (PNP), Dr Peter Phillips yesterday wasted no time in wooing young Jamaicans to become members of the party...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

There was high drama in Gordon House yesterday before members on the Government side alone passed the 2017-2018 Appropriations Bill or the Budget. The parliamentary opposition triggered a sudden uproar, which was followed by an angry walkout as they...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Despite objections by some players in the insurance industry to the Government's imposition of general consumption tax (GCT) on group health insurance, Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw yesterday defended the measure, suggesting...

Published:Wednesday | March 22, 2017 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell

Revealing the Government’s latest strategy to bring rampant criminality under control, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday tabled legislation that could authorise the security forces to search places, vehicles or persons within specific...

Published:Saturday | March 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Debate on the Arbitration Act, 2017, was suspended in the Senate yesterday after lawmakers highlighted gaps in the legislation that has been in gestation for some time now.A major criticism levelled against the Government by Senator Mark Golding,...

Published:Saturday | March 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Members of the Upper House yesterday paid tribute to Joseph McPherson, a former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) senator and trade unionist who died recently.Senator Kavan Gayle described McPherson as a stalwart in both the JLP and the Bustamante...

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Chairman of the Police Federation Sergeant Raymond Wilson has expressed concern that the Government has started debate on the Pensions (Public Service) Act, 2016, when there remains a number of unresolved issues in relation to the police.Finance and...

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

In what Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller described as a "bittersweet" contribution in her final Budget Debate presentation in Gordon House yesterday, the longest current serving political representative in Parliament said that despite moments...

Published:Thursday | March 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

A crucial amendment has been made to the Pensions (Public Service) Act, 2016, with the Government yielding to a chorus of appeals from public-sector workers to implement the five per cent contribution on a phased basis.President of the Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips is of the view that the Jamaican economy will not achieve high rates of economic growth unless the country addresses the problems stemming from social and economic inequality.In his presentation to...

Published:Wednesday | March 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips has described as "pernicious", the new tax on group health insurance premiums.Noting that Jamaica's health system is grossly inadequate to provide proper services to citizens, Phillips argued that no...

Published:Saturday | March 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid has rejected a motion moved by Opposition Senator Wensworth Skeffery to create a special fund to allow needy Jamaicans to access financing for tertiary education for their children."I would...

Published:Friday | March 10, 2017 | 12:15 AMEdmond Campbell

Motorists will bear a significant weight of the nearly $30 billion in revenue measures announced yesterday by Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw in Parliament.In opening the 2017-2018 Budget Debate, Shaw announced a 20 per cent hike...

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