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Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Eyebrows were raised during Thursday’s meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) when works czar E.G. Hunter disclosed that only 22 per cent of members of parliament (MPs) have used the entire allocation for Christmas...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Lawmakers were left peeved on Wednesday after a startling revelation that two newly constructed municipal corporation buildings have run afoul of their own guidelines for public buildings by failing to create full access by the disabled. Members of...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:19 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Deputy Auditor General Marlon McAdam dismissed on Tuesday a suggestion by Permanent Secretary (PS) Dr Alwin Hales that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) did not breach government guidelines when it racked up $1.2 million in car-...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) worker whose salary skyrocketed by 304 per cent on an initial promotion after two months on the job, and ultimately 583 per cent on a second elevation within 13 months, has been described by the management of...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Auditor General’s Department has strongly reprimanded the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for its inertia in responding to worrying internal audit findings that repeatedly flagged significant internal control deficiencies placing...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Julian Robinson, a member of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament examining the National Identification and Registration Act, 2020, has recommended that the proposed National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) should be...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2020 | 12:14 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

As a joint select committee of Parliament sets in motion plans to deliberate on the new National Identification and Registration Act, 2020 (NIDS) in early January, one lawmaker is suggesting that the Government offer incentives for Jamaicans to...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2020 | 12:15 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration is challenging the Supreme Court’s ruling that the detention of five men under the states of emergency (SOE) was unconstitutional. Speaking in the Senate yesterday, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:31 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A new National Identification and Registration Act, 2020 (NIDS), was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday with significant departures from the previous controversial law that was struck down by the Supreme Court on April 20, 2019, as unconstitutional....

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says zones of special operations (ZOSOs) established in volatile and depressed communities should seek to eliminate the influence of “benevolent dons” and position the security forces and state agencies as...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Senate yesterday passed the Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2020, with two adjustments to make more complete provisions for the rights and living conditions of seafarers in line with the Maritime Labour Convention. Piloting the bill in the Upper...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Kingston...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Financial expert Dennis Chung says the Holness administration had no alternative but to tap the coffers of the National Housing Trust (NHT) over the next five years to shore up government spending in the wake of the massive fallout owing to the...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Landlords who utilise technological devices such as cameras to spy on their tenants or invade their privacy could soon face sanctions when the Cybercrimes Act is amended. Director of legal reform in the Ministry of Justice, Maurice Bailey, told...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

While not announcing a new estimate for flood damage to roads and other infrastructure on the weekend, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said on Tuesday that the new bill could surpass the more than $2 billion originally tabulated after the country was...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Government has issued a strong warning to owners and operators of residential healthcare facilities that failure to comply with regulations and protocols related to COVID-19 by month end will result in prosecutions, closures, and fines...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sounded a warning to Jamaicans who construct houses on gully banks and other areas prone to flooding, saying that his administration will take steps to establish “no-build zones”. He contended that the Government...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

With the gun being the chief instrument in homicides in Jamaica, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says the Government intends to update legislation governing the circulation and use of firearms before year end. The announcement comes as...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2020 | 12:21 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Ministry of Health and Wellness says it could not find a copy of a critical evaluation document it sent to the National Contracts Commission (NCC) for its approval of the Market Me Consulting Limited Jamaica Moves contract. The document could...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A marine student from the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) was among those assigned to provide close-protection services for then education minister Ruel Reid, even though the student had no special training in security. The CMU student,...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Efforts by the Pamela Monroe Ellis-led Auditor General’s Department (AuGD) to get critical information from the Joint Committee on Tertiary Education’s (JCTE) sponsorship of a party or dinner for former permanent secretary Dean-Roy Bernard continue...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

After four years of an arduous but fulfilling tour of duty, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, the outgoing European Union (EU) head of delegation to Jamaica, has described her posting as “fantastic”. “We have been extremely lucky to have enjoyed...

Published:Friday | July 24, 2020 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Peter Thompson, the chief executive officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), has defended his management’s technical competence in the selection of farm roads for repairs despite claims from his boss, Chairman Nigel Myrie,...

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

The Greg Christie-led Integrity Commission is moving swiftly to strengthen its capacity to move against corruption in the public sector by forging alliances with other major anti-corruption bodies. While addressing the Integrity Commission...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Nearly a decade ago, Greg Christie, in his then capacity of contractor general, made a far-reaching recommendation in the 2011 annual report of the Office of the Contractor General for the “illegitimate abuse of the ‘Government’s emergency...

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