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Published:Friday | July 14, 2017 | 9:46 AMJerome Reynolds

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says the Government will be looking at amending the Parole Act and the expungement law to provide further incentives for criminals who plead guilty through the plea-bargaining process. Chuck said the amendments...

Published:Tuesday | July 11, 2017 | 11:06 AMJerome Reynolds

The Government has collected $3.7 billion in property taxes over the first quarter of the financial year. Finance Minister Audley Shaw says the figure is an improvement of $400 million when compared to the same April to June period last year. Shaw...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 2:01 PMJerome Reynolds

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says Jamaica and other CARICOM countries have agreed to give serious consideration to imposing taxes on sugar-sweetened drinks as a means to cut non-communicable diseases. Prime Minister Holness made the declaration at...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 10:04 AMJerome Reynolds

The Sugar Association of the Caribbean (SAC) says Jamaica and Guyana should have favourable sugar cane crop seasons despite the impact of rains. Jamaica’s agriculture sector took a battering from extensive flooding due to rains in April and...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 4:17 PMJerome Reynolds

Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Commission Kent Gammon says the consumer protection agency secured $21.5 million in refunds and compensation for consumers in the 2016-17 Financial Year. Gammon says of this amount, $16.8 million or 78 per...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 12:02 PMJerome Reynolds

The Consumer Advisory Committee on Utilities (CACU) is calling for telecommunication company Digicel Jamaica to withdraw the maintenance fee it imposed on prepaid customers. Digicel is now charging a penalty of $15 to prepaid customers who spend...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 9:24 AMJerome Reynolds

Consumer Affairs Commission Chairman Kent Gammon says the Commission will be conducting its Annual School Textbook Survey during the last week of this month. Gammon says the agency will survey a list of approximately 133 popular texts from the...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 1:24 PMJerome Reynolds

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, has disclosed that a working group on plastic packaging has been established to address single-use plastic bags and styrofoam. Vaz says the group will submit...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 11:26 AMJerome Reynolds

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has expressed regret at the scare caused at the Norman Manley International Airport on Friday. There were reports of a bag exploding at the terminal building, which triggered panic. It later emerged that...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 11:01 AMJerome Reynolds

Applicants to the University of the West Indies, Mona are now required to pay a non-refundable commitment fee of $20,000. The university says the fee was approved by the Campus Finance and General Purposes Committee in May. It says the fee applies...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 9:42 AMJerome Reynolds

Members of the public can now make anonymous reports about corruption, bribery and fraud to Crime Stop Jamaica. The organisation is also accepting reports about acts of malfeasance or misfeasance which affect the government’s revenue....

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 9:21 AMJerome Reynolds

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says more District Constables are to be deployed across tourist areas. Bartlett says the constables will be strategically placed in areas identified as hot spots. He says these include cruise-ship piers,...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 9:12 AMJerome Reynolds

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) has increased bus operations along two routes in the Corporate Area in light of a robbery spree by rogue taxi operators targeting users of public passenger vehicles. The JUTC says more buses have been...

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 9:21 AMJerome Reynolds

At least 10 people were shot, including children, across the Corporate Area yesterday. The police say about 3 o' clock in the afternoon gunmen went to the Andrew community of Payne Land where they shot four persons including a 2-year-old child...

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 9:08 AMJerome Reynolds

The police are on the hunt for killers who murdered one of their colleagues last night. Dead is Constable Hubert Hyman who was attached to Mobile Reserve. The police say about 9 o' clock Constable Hyman, who was off duty, was in Central...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 10:32 AMJerome Reynolds

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says consideration is being given to include a representative of the Opposition to sit on the National Security Council, the body that will advise the Prime Minister on declaring a zone of special operation by the...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 10:23 AMJerome Reynolds

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck says arrangements will be made to ensure that persons living in a zone of special operation have access to legal representation and advice. Chuck said the legal aid clinic will be required to visit zones at least once...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 10:11 AMJerome Reynolds

The Government is to introduce electronic monitoring of persons out on bail, especially those charged with serious crimes. National Security Minister Robert Montague said negotiations are being held with a supplier to provide the equipment....

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 9:28 AMJerome Reynolds

Opposition members of the joint select committee of Parliament that reviewed the proposed law that will allow the Prime Minister to declare special zones for security operations are today to submit a minority report on the committee’s...

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 8:48 AMJerome Reynolds

The Ministry of Health is relocating babies in the special care nursery at the Cornwall Regional Hospital in St James due to noxious fumes. The move follows complaints by nurses who say the air quality is affecting their health and their ability to...

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 11:07 AMJerome Reynolds

The Ministry of Education is undertaking an inspection of infant, primary and secondary schools.        The exercise, which is being done in partnership with the National Education Trust and the University of...

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 4:57 PMJerome Reynolds

Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr Winston De La Haye, says a preliminary report from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad has indicated that samples from a Jamaican patient has tested negative for Cholera....

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 12:40 PMJerome Reynolds

Agriculture Minister, Karl Samuda, says Jamaica is monitoring the situation surrounding the ban by the United States on the importation of fresh beef from Brazil arising from safety concerns. Yesterday, the US Department of Agriculture ...

Published:Friday | June 23, 2017 | 10:14 AMJerome Reynolds

The family of Jamaican, Jawara McIntosh, the son of reggae icon Peter Tosh, is to take the Bergen County Jail in New Jersey in the United States to court over an alleged beating that has left him in a coma. The family’s attorney, Jasmine Rand...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 10:20 AMJerome Reynolds

Winston Watson, General Manager of the state-run Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), has indicated that its biodiesel energy project has now moved into the phase where it is being...

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