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Published:Friday | April 3, 2020 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is looking for volunteers to carry out testing for COVID-19 as a senior health official told a parliamentary committee yesterday that healthcare workers have expressed fear in conducting the procedure. “If we...

Published:Wednesday | March 25, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Jamaican workers who have lost their jobs because of the economic ravages of COVID-19 are eligible to receive $54,000 under the Government’s Supporting Employees with Transfer of Cash (SET Cash) programme subject to stipulated conditions. This is...

Published:Friday | March 20, 2020 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

With the COVID-19 pandemic turning its screws on the Jamaican economy, Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced a stimulus package to reduce interest rates by one percentage point to new National Housing Trust (NHT) borrowers while...

Published:Wednesday | March 18, 2020 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Holness administration is taking steps to shore up ­businesses hit hard by the onset of COVID-19 as well as to provide temporary cash support to people who lose their jobs because of the economic fallout from the global pandemic. At the same...

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2020 | 12:44 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The tourism sector, Jamaica’s second-largest earner of foreign exchange, is expected to haemorrhage approximately J$76 billion as government officials cut the forecast for the 2020-2021 fiscal year owing to the severe impact of the dreaded...

Published:Wednesday | February 19, 2020 | 12:38 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Tardiness became a way of life for the Government that directs the legislative agenda in the House of Representatives for the parliamentary year ended 2019-2020. Parliament’s clocks appeared to be running on ‘Jamaica time’ – the facetious reference...

Published:Friday | February 7, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

“There are psychopaths among us!” This was the conclusion of Government senator and consultant psychiatrist Dr Saphire Longmore after recounting some barbaric acts of violence against children and women in the Jamaican society. “When someone can...

Published:Thursday | February 6, 2020 | 12:21 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A government senator is calling attention to men who receive unwelcome advances from their female bosses at the workplace and suffer in silence. Meanwhile, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck yesterday urged Gender Minister Olivia Grange to roll out a...

Published:Wednesday | February 5, 2020 | 12:24 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Declaring that the leadership of the Old Harbour police subdivision was only effective at shutting down “birthday parties and set-ups”, controversial St Catherine South West Member of Parliament (MP) Everald Warmington yesterday criticised the...

Published:Saturday | February 1, 2020 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

When senior Opposition senator KD Knight painted many political figures who “surrounded” Prime Minister Andrew Holness as “sycophants” during a debate Thursday on three motions to extend states of emergency in different parishes, members on the...

Published:Wednesday | January 29, 2020 | 12:32 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Quizzed about what action will be taken against current senior managers at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) who played a role in the spending spree and wanton breaches of government rules, Prime Minister Andrew Holness acknowledged that...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:32 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Charging that claims by Karl Samuda, minister with responsibility for education, that the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) had no challenges in its daily operations at this time, Peter Bunting, the opposition spokesman, said that the school’s...

Published:Wednesday | January 22, 2020 | 12:29 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Speaker of the House of Representatives Pearnel Charles yesterday fought strenuously to shut down a motion of censure against him – the first of its kind to be moved against any Speaker in more than five decades, according to former editor of...

Published:Saturday | November 30, 2019 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

While passing a resolution setting out salaries for members of the Integrity Commission, some members of the Upper House yesterday argued that the corruption oversight czars should have received a better remuneration package. Justice Seymour Panton...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:40 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Taxpayers have had to fork out $12.5 million in an out-of-court settlement to former CEO of eGov Jamaica Limited (eGovJa), Herman Athias, after he was sacked by the company’s chairman, Professor Lloyd Waller. Athias had taken out a lawsuit for...

Published:Wednesday | November 27, 2019 | 12:35 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

As the Government moves to pass more stringent legislation to punish the perpetrators of sexual and other forms of violence against women, Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange is urging Jamaicans to join the movement to end such attacks. Citing...

Published:Thursday | November 21, 2019 | 12:33 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Holness administration should pull the plug on the technical role of the National Education Trust (NET) to manage major construction projects in schools across the country, a government backbencher and member of Parliament’s Public Accounts...

Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2019 | 12:49 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis divulged a shocker yesterday during a meeting of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) when she revealed that the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) submitted to the education ministry variation costs in...

Published:Wednesday | November 20, 2019 | 12:48 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr Grace McLean, has admitted to breaches in implementation contracts amounting to $218 million carried out by Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) to build and expand...

Published:Tuesday | November 19, 2019 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Technocrats from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI), led by acting Permanent Secretary Dr Grace McLean and a team of senior personnel from the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), are to appear before the Public Accounts...

Published:Saturday | November 16, 2019 | 12:29 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith yesterday poured scorn on The Gleaner’s editorial on November 13, dubbed ‘Call in Tapia’, charging that the instructions from the newspaper “have been pulled together to carry out...

Published:Wednesday | November 13, 2019 | 12:49 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Government has earmarked $1.3 billion, broken down into $15-million allocations, to each of the 63 constituencies across the island, to roll out a four-month sanitation, drain-cleaning and beautification programme. At the same time, with the...

Published:Monday | November 11, 2019 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Consultant psychiatrist and government senator Dr Saphire Longmore has turned the spotlight on the treatment of mentally ill persons by their families and the wider society, charging that the stigma and discrimination against this group was “very...

Published:Saturday | November 9, 2019 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Government Senator Kerensia Morrison wants the Holness administration to move swiftly to amend the archaic 1877 Dogs (Liability for Injuries by) Act to impose criminal sanctions against persons whose dogs attack and injure individuals owing to...

Published:Thursday | November 7, 2019 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The asset-rich Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings Limited is struggling with a US$11-million (J$1.62-billion) post-divestment debt. SCJ manages 200,000 acres of land islandwide worth billions of Jamaican dollars. Managing director of SCJ,...

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