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Published:Sunday | June 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) took command of the social media in the lead-up to the 2016 general election as it outperformed the People's National Party (PNP) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and the rest of cyberspace.Now having been...

Published:Saturday | June 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Jamaica's outdated paper-based criminal records system is now a thing of the past. Yesterday's launch of the Computerised Criminal Records System has been praised by crime-fighters and legal luminaries, including Chief Justice Zaila McCalla and...

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday declared that an element of his Growth Agenda has been activated with the joint effort of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the European Union (EU) to set in motion a programme to drive food exports...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday declared that he was headed to the civil court to quash what he described as a coordinated and persistent strategy being employed to smear his reputation.Holness suggested that political machinations were once...

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The fire at the Wisynco factory in St Catherine yesterday ignited the anguish of the Senate even as lawmakers registered their despair with the carnage on the road.Veteran legislator, Opposition Senator K.D. Knight sought to jolt his colleagues to...

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

A summons from growth tzar Michael Lee Chin to Jamaicans in the diaspora to invest in the country has piqued the interest of diaspora representative of the Southern United States Wayne Golding.Lee Chin has signalled that he will be engaging in a...

Published:Thursday | May 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Finance Minister Audley Shaw yesterday highlighted what he described as multimillion-dollar transactions undertaken by the former administration with which the new financially strapped Government is now saddled.Shaw told the House of Representatives...

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Review Commission to be led by former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has been assigned to assess the value of CARICOM to Jamaica.Asserting that Jamaica's foreign policy must support its economic and development policy,...

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Prime Minister Andrew Holness disclosed yesterday that he has mandated Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett to undertake a comprehensive probe into the use and execution of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF)."I have asked the minister of tourism, who...

Published:Monday | May 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Despite a tense economic and social crisis enveloping his nation, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro yesterday came to an agreement with Prime Minister Andrew Holness to boost ties...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has tapped the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) for $54.65 million, which it has allocated to all 63 members of parliament with the Government members getting the lion's share.A document seen by The...

Published:Friday | May 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller yesterday declared that the Government has veered dangerously out of kilter on a path that she described as "tax-perity", with education and national security already taking a battering."Jamaica is now at a...

Published:Thursday | May 19, 2016 | 12:45 AMGary Spaulding

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Dr Peter Phillips yesterday called for Finance Minister Audley Shaw to come clean on Jamaica's debt-reduction programme under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement. Phillips said, during a post-Budget...

Published:Wednesday | May 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Dr Peter Phillips, opposition spokesman on finance, yesterday declared the Budget presented less than a week ago by Finance Minister Audley Shaw a "sham" and warned Jamaicans to brace for a new round of taxes in the current fiscal year."It is clear...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Minister of Finance and Public Service Audley Shaw yesterday unveiled a modified version of the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) campaign promise of a $1.5-million income tax break, which will now apply to PAYE earners across the board."We are extremely...

Published:Friday | May 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Minister of Finance and Public Service Audley Shaw yesterday presented data suggesting that Jamaica's export bill to Trinidad and Tobago has, for the first quarter of 2016, amounted to a paltry 1.3 per cent of what it imports from the country."The...

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Notwithstanding the injection of hundreds of millions of dollars, and more than two years after work was scheduled to be completed on what should have been the region's first paediatric cardiac centre, there is still no pulse at the facility and...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 12:01 AMGary Spaulding

Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce, and agriculture, has promised to continue to assist the sugar sector but remains emphatic that the Government will not be a participant in the industry."Let me make it absolutely clear: the Government, of...

Published:Thursday | May 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is to set aside a special designated area at the Piarco Airport in the Port-of-Spain capital for Jamaicans who have been denied entry into that country....

Published:Wednesday | May 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

National Security Minister Robert Montague has been accused of using the "sensitive and contentious" issue of hanging as a diversionary tactic in the face of murders being committed in Jamaica, even as he promised to launch a multi-pillared attack...

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

A high-ranking American security official has highlighted an urgent need for Jamaica and its regional and hemispheric neighbours to guard against radicalism that spurs terror. Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, commander of the United States Southern Command,...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Youth, employment and wealth creation and corruption were among critical issues raised by Prime Minister Andrew Holness when he met with new Commonwealth secretary general Baroness Patricia Scotland on Tuesday.Scotland informed The...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Declaring that he has always lived the impossible dream, new growth tsar Michael Lee Chin yesterday endorsed strictures of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) even as he solicited a pledge of partnership from Jamaicans on the path to sustained...

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 3:02 AMGary Spaulding

New Commonwealth secretary general, Baroness Patricia Scotland, is on her way to Belize to explore how to further strengthen a climate change centre to assist Jamaica and other CARICOM member states.

Published:Friday | April 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

From the raging 'Rhygin' of yesteryear's notoriety to 'Duppy Film' of modern-day infamy, over the decades, the narrative has changed, but the storyline remains the same.Duppy Film is the latest to have commanded centre stage in the arena of the...

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