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Published:Saturday | May 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Nearly 2.9 million Jamaicans visited public health facilities for medical care in 2016.Of this number, a little more than 1.5 million visited the public health centres.At the same time, almost 670,000 Jamaicans sought medical care at the accident...

Published:Saturday | May 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Tensions reached boiling point in the Upper House yesterday when Opposition Senator Lambert Brown questioned why the Government has not asked Danville Walker to resign as...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw says that he is prepared to examine a suggestion to re-establish the tax committee of Parliament to review the administration's tax measures before they are announced.His comments came on Wednesday...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Legal Reform Unit of the Ministry of Justice is pledging to deploy nearly 50 per cent of its human resources to carry out a comprehensive review of Jamaica's laws, including those dating back to the 19th century.Maurice Bailey, director of legal...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Jamaica's health sector is to undergo a major overhaul in the next two years, with the Government sourcing $3.5 billion from the National Health Fund (NHF) to repair, replace, and upgrade critical infrastructure across the country.Health Minister Dr...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

THE Member of Parliament for Hanover Western, who was state minister in the ministry with responsibility for water in the last administration, has described the National Water Commission (NWC) as a public body that is bankrupt of ideas.Taking aim at...

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

With the National Insurance Fund (NIF) having pulled in $14 billion in investment income last year, Opposition Spokesman on Labour and Social Security Dr Fenton Ferguson is urging the Government to provide pensioners with an interim $1,000 increase...

Published:Tuesday | May 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Setting his sights on reversing the fortunes of the People's National Party (PNP) in St James, where the party lost two seats in the February 25, 2016 general election, newly appointed Deputy General Secretary Basil Waite said his first order of...

Published:Saturday | April 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

As law enforcers from both the United States and Jamaica intensify their efforts to put a massive dent in the burgeoning multimillion-dollar lottery scam network operating in Jamaica, National Security Minister Robert Montague says investigators...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell

Minister of National Security Robert Montague has rubbished claims by his opposition counterpart, Peter Bunting, that the company which was awarded the contract to import vehicles for the police force did not import one vehicle into the island in...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

National Security Minister Robert Montague is reporting that several correctional officers are currently under investigation for corruption while others have been charged with breaching the law.He said a number of officers in the correctional...

Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has announced plans to carry out a pre-selection exercise for the Canadian and the United States farm work programme from June 26 to July 24, this year.Portfolio minister Shahine Robinson told members of...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign, Trade Kamina Johnson Smith, has dismissed claims by her opposition counterpart that the Government is paying lip service to Diaspora related issues...

Published:Friday | April 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

As the political crisis in Venezuela appears to be spinning out of control with daily demonstrations, some turning violent, Jamaica's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Johnson Smith, says that the amount of oil Jamaica has...

Published:Thursday | April 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Plea Negotiations and Agreement Act, 2017, which provides for a system of plea negotiations and agreements for persons who commit crimes, was yesterday passed in the House of Representatives with 11 amendments.Crafted with the intent of giving...

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Raising questions about 'fit and proper' criteria for receiving contracts from the Government, Opposition Spokesman on National Security Peter Bunting yesterday queried whether someone who had been convicted for narcotics and related offences and...

Published:Friday | April 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

With the proposed merger of the Transport Authority and the Island Traffic Authority (ITA), Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry said rightsizing was inevitable as part of the exercise. “That’s an edict that has been given to me...

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...

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