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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...

Published:Friday | March 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips said that the revenue measures announced yesterday by the Government would have a devastating impact on the working poor in Jamaica."Contrary to all that they are claiming, the truth is, what they...

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw will today unveil revenue measures in the House of Representatives to fund the second phase of the personal income tax reform, which could cost taxpayers approximately $16 billion, or 0.9 per cent...

Published:Tuesday | March 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Scotiabank Jamaica is reporting that while there was no standard bank charge to exchange a $5,000 note, a $385 fee was incorrectly applied to some customers.The bank says instructions have been given to all branches to discontinue the charge.Deputy...

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2017 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) has spent $140 million in the 2016-2017 financial year to settle third party claims arising from accidents.Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry said the state-owned bus company has budgeted $96...

Published:Saturday | March 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Government is making a bold step by creating another avenue from which members of parliament (MP) can play a direct part indetermining the distribution of millions of dollars in resources to constituents, particularly farmers.Already, the 63 MPs...

Published:Friday | March 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

There are conflicting signals about the Government's policy on a bauxite levy in the upcoming fiscal year, with the Minister of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry, yesterday shooting down claims by Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw...

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw has suggested that the Bank of Jamaica used moral suasion by engaging players in the foreign exchange market to help bring about the current stability of the exchange rate.Shaw told members of...

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services, Ina Hunter says while investigation continue into allegations that convicted entertainer Vybz Kartel is illegally recording music in prison, correctional officers who fail polygraph tests in...

Published:Wednesday | March 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Opposition Spokesman on Energy Phillip Paulwell is urging the Government to reconsider its policy of waiving the payment of bauxite levy to bauxite firms operating in Jamaica, noting that this could deny communities well-needed support from that...

Published:Tuesday | February 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Portfolio ministers in the Andrew Holness administration will, beginning today, face a barrage of questions from members of the parliamentary Opposition as they drill down into the Estimates of Expenditure and estimates of revenue to get details...

Published:Thursday | February 16, 2017 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell

If the Andrew Holness administration has any concrete plans to raid the National Housing Trust (NHT) for budgetary support this year, it will run into a brick wall of opposition from the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA).President of the JMA...

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

Lamenting the increase in violent crimes and other unlawful activities in Jamaica, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) Metry Seaga is making an urgent call for a social partnership to fight crime.The no-nonsense JMA head said...

Published:Sunday | February 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell

They sat on a curb wall at the People's National Party (PNP) headquarters, Old Hope Road in St Andrew, last Wednesday, enjoying the pulsating reggae rhythms which energised person in the large crowd who waited patiently for the arrival of Dr Peter...

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

The Corruption Prevention Commission is reporting that for 2015, the University of Technology (UTech) recorded the highest percentage rate of delinquency in terms of employees who failed to file annual statutory declarations with the Corruption...

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