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Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness yesterday led an assault on claims by Finance and Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips that his income-tax proposal would drill a more than $30-billion hole in the Budget.Backed by Opposition Spokesman...

Published:Thursday | February 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has rebounded to improve her chance of securing victory in the upcoming general election, after an unprecedented stumble in favourability rating four months ago.With two weeks to go before Jamaicans go to the...

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

It was a family affair for Derrick Smith as he ventured out to be nominated at the Pembroke Hall Community Centre yesterday.Smith, who was nominated two hours after his challenger, Donovan Isaacs of the People's National Party (PNP), came to the...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The two major political parties are confident that no additional surprises will be sprung when their representatives and supporters venture into the 63 constituencies across Jamaica today to nominate their standard-bearers.After two eleventh-hour...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Finance and Planning Minister Dr Peter Phillips has described as inequitable, unworkable, extraordinarily complex and retrograde the cost of a campaign plan of Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Andrew Holness that he said would drive up government...

Published:Sunday | February 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Although Jamaica has taken a lead on renewable energy in the Caribbean, a global expert says regional governments are lagging behind in bringing their energy infrastructure in line with modern times."The focus should be to revamp the region's energy...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

From the day that Imani Duncan-Price was born, her schooling in the art of politics started.Now that Duncan-Price has come of age and serving in the Upper House, she has opted to take the plunge into representational politics and it appears a...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2016 | 12:50 PMGary Spaulding

DELANO FRANKLYN, the People's National Party (PNP) campaign spokesman, has confirmed that former president of the organisation P.J. Patterson had "dialogue" with North Trelawny political functionaries days before John-Paul White stepped aside as the...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has issued a warning that a new provision on the nomination form means there will be no ease up on political candidates who lie about their nationality.Selected commissioner Justice Karl Harrison yesterday...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Agronomist Victor Wright has been selected to replace John-Paul White who has stepped aside as the People's National Party (PNP) standard-bearer for Northern Trelawny.PNP General Secretary Paul Burke, who last night confirmed the selection, told The...

Published:Tuesday | February 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Dr Saphire Longmore is well aware that her entry into the People's National Party (PNP) power zone of North East St Elizabeth has the feel of a 'David vs Goliath' story, but she is quite confident that she is up to the task."It is seen as probably...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The People's National Party (PNP) has extended yet another vote of confidence to its candidate for Northern Trelawny in the upcoming polls, John-Paul White, whose multimillion dollar tax debt found its way on the campaign trail, in the aftermath of...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2016 | 6:25 PMGary Spaulding

The People's National Party (PNP) says former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Leader Edward Seaga, should focus on the series of defeats endured by the JLP under his leadership and leave the PNP alone.  PNP campaign spokesman, Delano Franklyn...

Published:Monday | February 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

The verbal duel under way between the two major political parties over Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller's decision to call the general election ahead of the upcoming Budget Debate intensified yesterday, with People's National Party (PNP)...

Published:Sunday | January 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller last night dramatically summoned Jamaicans to cast their ballots for a new Government on February 25, the 10th anniversary of her ascension to the position of president of the People’s National Party (PNP...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

It is impatient of debate that Jamaican prime ministers wield enormous powers.Apart from influence enjoyed over the all-powerful executive arm of the Government - the Cabinet - prime ministers, in the absence of a fixed election date provision in...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Jamaica's economic programme yesterday attracted sweeping endorsements from a high-ranking United States (US) official even as he issued an assurance that his government was not concerned about the outcome of the upcoming polls."The future of...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness has issued a warning to the Portia Simpson Miller-led People's National Party (PNP) Government that the party will not sit by and allow the people of Jamaica to be duped into a pre-budget...

Published:Tuesday | January 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding, Senior Gleaner Writer

Protesters have blocked several roads in North East and North West St Elizabeth. The affected areas include the famed Holland Bamboo main road as well as the roads leading from Lacovia to Maggoty...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter David Phillips, casually strode to the platform to accept The Gleaner Man of the Year Honour Award for 2015.This was in stark contrast to the dogged sense of purpose that characterised his resolute approach...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

A reputable academic has suggested that the murder wave that has been making its way across Jamaica over the past decades is more devastating than the one-off terrorist attack of September 11, 2001 in the United States (US).Anthony Clayton, Alcan...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 2:28 PMGary Spaulding

As the political campaign approaches fever pitch, a warning has been issued to persons who use social media to defame others.State Minister in the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Julian Robinson has issued a caution to social-...

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

GIVEN PERENNIALLY low conviction rates by local courts of law in Jamaica, Alcan Professor of Caribbean Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Anthony Clayton is suggesting that application of capital punishment will...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 2:53 PMGary Spaulding

THE NEWLY appointed board of the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) to be chaired by Joseph M. Matalon will be meeting next week to chart the way forward for the regulatory body."The focus initially for all of the new members of the OUR (board) is...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMGary Spaulding

LEADER OF the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Andrew Holness is harbouring deep fears for Jamaica that he feels are not being adequately addressed by the current People's...

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