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Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has reported that the United States (US) has increased its cooperation and support in preventing the illegal flow of firearms from its shores into Jamaica.Earlier this month, The Gleaner reported that 70...

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Government senators yester-day shot down a proposal for civil society or rights groups to sit on the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency's (MOCA) oversight committee, which is to hold the director general and other officers of the...

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Members of the Upper House yesterday coalesced to decry the plastic nuisance causing serious environmental concerns in Jamaica and around the globe on World Oceans Day.Before the Senate embarked on the business of the day, Senate President Tom...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague said the Government is committed to saving the jobs of some 1,200 workers at the UC Rusal-owned Windalco plant in Ewarton, St Catherine.In a statement to the House of Representatives yesterday,...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Dean-Roy Bernard on Wednesday faced disgruntled members of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), who chided the ministry for not engaging the...

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

A comment about the hiring procedures and the recruitment of a slew of Generation 2000 (G2K) members at the Tourism Product Development Company Limited, which was directed to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Jennifer Griffiths,...

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

While concerns have been raised about the nearly $9 million in travel expenditure for Delano Seiveright , senior communications strategist in the Ministry of Tourism, for a 15-month period spanning February 2017 to May 2018, the man at the centre of...

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Following revelations of conflict of interest in a programme designed to provide emergency grants to the poorest Jamaicans, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security says it has increased its capacity to identify fraud."Since the audit, we have...

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Transport Minister Robert Montague has said that as soon as the House of Representatives approves Senate amendments to the Road Traffic Act and the governor general gives his assent, the Government would be rolling out an extensive public-education...

Published:Friday | June 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is urging the minister of finance and the public service to urgently facilitate the appointment of a fully qualified chairman of the board of the National Housing Trust (NHT).In a news release...

Published:Friday | June 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The United States Government has provided US$4.5 million (J$540m) to support a local initiative aimed at significantly denting the incidence of human trafficking, especially as it affects children in Jamaica.A Child Protection Compact Partnership...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans who are summoned to carry out their civic duties serving as jurors are said to be crippled by fear, leaving the justice sector scrambling to put together jury panels to try cases, particularly in rural Jamaica.Justice Minister Delroy Chuck...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has urged some public servants to desist from carrying out their duties in an unprofessional manner, citing the action of a police officer in 1995 who "negligently seized an aeroplane" and racked up judgment debts to...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

With a massive $26 billion owed by National Water Commission (NWC) customers, President Mark Barnett says the company is now in discussions with several entities that have expressed an interest in purchasing the outstanding receivables.Barnett told...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The Ministry of National Security has said that it is working on a policy on how to treat, care, and house mentally ill persons who are incarcerated but who are unfit to plead.State Minister for National Security Rudyard Spencer told his...

Published:Tuesday | May 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Pedal cyclists who run the red light or refuse to obey stop signs on the nation's roads could be dragged before the courts and face a maximum fine of up to $24,000 or, in default of payment, spend 10 days in prison.Under the new Road Traffic Act,...

Published:Friday | May 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

While lauding the Government for its efforts to certify early childhood institutions, Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites has said that this is insufficient to bring about the revolution of care and healthy socialisation required for...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Acknowledging that Jamaica's crime problem is fuelled primarily by gang-related activities, Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang has indicated that Parliament will be asked to review the anti-gang law, formally titled the Criminal Justice (...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Four members of Jamaica's bicameral legislature recently benefited from a parliamentary fundamentals course on practiceand procedure staged by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Pearnel...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Debris piling up in a gully on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston may not be good news for companies in the area that suffered immensely from extensive flooding in September 2016.Heavy showers in the last few days serve as a reminder that the start of...

Published:Tuesday | May 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The promises to grant citizenship and other benefits to the Windrush Generation, including Jamaicans, could be enshrined in law soon if the Theresa May-led Tory Government bows to pressure from some 200 British members of parliament who are...

Published:Saturday | April 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The Postal Corporation of Jamaica (PostCorp), which was established in 2000 to leadthe modernisation and commercialisation of the public postal service, has failed to make any meaningful breakthrough in carrying out its mandate 18 years later....

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Speaker of the House of Representatives Pearnel Charles drew the proverbial red line in the Lower House on Tuesday by standing twice to restore order during a tumultuous sitting in which he compared the behaviour of some lawmakers to that of...

Published:Tuesday | April 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Inundated by a flood of harsh criticisms and public outrage over its handling of the Windrush Generation saga, the Theresa May-led Conservative Party Government yesterday moved beyond apology and compensation and pledged to grant citizenship to...

Published:Wednesday | April 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans and other Caribbean nationals dubbed the Windrush Generation who have been aggrieved by the actions of the United Kingdom (UK) government should immediately take steps to seek redress, advised Diana Baxter, solicitor in Britain.At the...

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