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Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Government has again signalled its intention to review the country's residential density zoning standards, but the Andrew Holness-led administration has still not given any timeline for this to be done.Almost eight months after he told...

Published:Sunday | December 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Theologian the Reverend Dr Garnett Roper is adamant that the many fortune tellers now operating in Jamaica is a reinforcement of Jamaicans' belief in things that are fake, and the lack of self-worth by many persons in the island.According to Roper,...

Published:Sunday | December 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Sonia Clarke Lee - the former principal of Spring Gardens All-Age in St Catherine, who was illegally dismissed by the school board - is now expecting a merry Christmas as it appears the Ministry of Education will pay her the more than $20 million...

Published:Saturday | December 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When a mother at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) was observed with her newborn on her bed, instead of in a bassinet beside the bed, the institution chose itself as the beneficiary for Christmas goodies from CIBC employees.And yesterday,...

Published:Thursday | December 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) has withdrawn the $700 million it had set aside for the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EoJ) pilot reverification programme from the First Supplementary Estimates tabled on Tuesday, and the reasons for the removal did not...

Published:Wednesday | December 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

She braved morning sickness in her final year at Norman Manley Law School, while being a full-time newspaper editor. Now the new mother of a baby boy was yesterday called to the Bar, at 11:45 a.m., in the Chief Justice Court."It really has been a...

Published:Monday | December 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Newly minted chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament, Mark Golding, at his first sitting on Friday, shut down Everald Warmington for the entire proceedings, telling him that he was in breach of the...

Published:Thursday | November 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

A "scandalous mess" is how Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) described the failure by a contractor to deliver 200 pre-owned motor vehicles to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), having missed two deadlines...

Published:Wednesday | November 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament yesterday chided the operations of the National Health Fund (NHF) and fumed at its decision to write off $2 billion owed by the Ministry of Health, even while the ministry owed the entity $130...

Published:Monday | November 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Minister of National Security Robert Montague yesterday told Labourites at the National Arena in Kingston that he would shortly bring to Parliament legislation to deny bail to individuals charged with gun crimes, and if convicted, they would not be...

Published:Monday | November 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader and prime minister, Edward Seaga, who had been absent from the party's annual conference for several years, yesterday told thousands of Labourites that he showed up at this year's conference, held at Kingston...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Allen Michael Chastanet, the prime minister of St Lucia, who shares a middle name with Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Prime Minister Andrew Holness, will headline the list of Caribbean politicians to address the public session of the party's 74th...

Published:Saturday | November 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

When Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters meet tomorrow for their 74th annual conference, party officials are expecting Labourites to turn out in large numbers to celebrate the recent by-election victory in South East St Mary, which has increased...

Published:Friday | November 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Three attractions indigenous to Jamaica's tourism product are to receive greater exposure from visitors who will gather in Montego Bay, St James, for the first-ever World Tourism Conference next week.The three-day 'Global Conference on Jobs and...

Published:Thursday | November 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The People's National Party (PNP) Integrity Commission is expected, within a few weeks, to respond to general secretary Julian Robinson on the way forward following Tuesday's tabling of the contractor general's special report on allegations of...

Published:Wednesday | November 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has sent a copy of his special report on allegations of impropriety in the office of Member of Parliament (MP) Lisa Hanna, and the St Ann Municipal Corporation, to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The privately operated Andrews Memorial Hospital has been targeted to become a centre of excellence offering first-world neurosurgeries, and the doctors driving that push are staking their reputations on its success.The duo of business partners,...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

The medical profession, the first official point of contact for many victims of intimate-partner violence, is being urged to become more active in providing information that could save lives or prevent harm to the mainly women who are killed by...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Jamaica's 2011 Rhodes Scholar, Dr David Walcott, is moving to make the island the best in neurosurgery in this region.Walcott, who has done advanced studies in immunology, a branch of biology that studies the immune system in organisms, says there...

Published:Saturday | November 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

After two marathon sittings last Friday, and again on Monday, the Senate sat for only 64 minutes yesterday, adjourning after it voted to amend the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Act to extend the contract of Governor Bryan Wynter until 2019.It was all smiles...

Published:Wednesday | November 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Public-sector workers will become the guinea pigs of the National Identification System (NIDS) rollout as they have been selected for the pilot programme for the collection of biometric data to produce a unique identification number for all...

Published:Tuesday | November 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Jamaica will have its National Identification System (NIDS) after all. Hot-tempered exchanges and unkind comments by senators marred the afternoon session of yesterday's Senate deliberations on the NIDS Bill in the Upper House. However the...

Published:Monday | November 13, 2017 | 4:00 AMErica Virtue

Women have been urged to reject cultural practices where they are expected to be hit as a sign of love or for their spouses to prove their manliness by boasting to friends what they have done.The view was one of several presented at a recent Gleaner...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

In life, Colin Fitz-Herbert Bullock was a public servant, civil servant, policymaker, teacher, daddy, second dad, favourite uncle and beloved Cornwall College old boy.In death, he was sent off with the dignity befitting someone who had spent much of...

Published:Wednesday | November 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMErica Virtue

Veteran political commentator Dr Paul Ashley said the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) will earn the ire of South East St Mary if the very public promises made in the run up to Monday's by-election are not kept.Ashley, in an interview with The...

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