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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,...

Published:Wednesday | November 6, 2019 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

One lawmaker has argued that the human rights of detainees who have been fed a single dumpling for supper in two separate cases – and a bulla in other instances – have been violated by the State. Peter Bunting, a member of Parliament’s Public...

Published:Saturday | November 2, 2019 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Bemoaning the culture of delay and bureaucracy in Government that obstructs the speedy implementation of infrastructure projects, Senator Ransford Braham has called for a comprehensive review of how Government does business. He has encouraged the...

Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Despite being assessed by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) as “fit and proper” to do business in the local regulated cannabis industry, at least 238 business interests in the sector have been shut out of the banking system. Chairman of the...

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2019 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A chorus of discontent greeted a large contingent of technocrats from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) yesterday in Gordon House as lawmakers vented their frustration with the lacklustre approach by the Cannabis...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:34 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A performance audit by the chief guardian of state expenditure has uncovered practices by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in which the agency has paid scant regard to government guidelines in the awarding of contracts valuing...

Published:Saturday | October 26, 2019 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Members of the Upper House of Parliament yesterday gave the nod to three companion pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening Jamaica’s regime against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2019...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Opposition spokesman on Finance and Chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Mark Golding, wants the Government to take immediate steps to amend the Integrity Commission Act, giving the corruption oversight body power to declare...

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2019 | 1:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Jamaica Labour Party politician-cum-lecturer Othniel Lawrence was parachuted into a Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) consultancy that has been described by the interim president as a one-of-a-kind contract sealed by the institution. Parliament’s...

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2019 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Despite achieving a Vision 2030 target more than a decade early, instead of celebrating, policymakers are now downbeat that a tapering off of the population growth rate could land Jamaica in “serious problems”. Members of Parliament’s Public...

Published:Thursday | October 17, 2019 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

In a bid to ratchet up support for the Government’s crackdown on crime, 35-year-old government Senator Matthew Samuda painted a graphic picture of Jamaica’s murder crisis: more people than can fit in Kingston’s National Stadium have died violently...

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