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Published:Friday | July 21, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has said, should not delay establishing the single anti-corruption agency with prosecutorial and investigative powers, following yesterday's Senate approval of the enabling legislation."I see no...

Published:Friday | July 21, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

It should be mandatory for people convicted of using children in the production of pornography to register as sex offenders, the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has recommended to Parliament.The offence is outlawed under Section 3 of the...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 7:13 PMJovan Johnson

A single anti-corruption agency with powers to investigate and prosecute is closer to being established as an almost decade-long push got Senate approval this afternoon. The Integrity Commission bill was approved with 103 amendments and comes almost six months after the House of...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

The country's main pro-ganja group has said that in three years, it expects the Government to change its uninformed view that it does not support the recreational smoking of the herb."The Ministry of Health does not support the recreational use of...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

Some judges are allegedly being lenient in punishing able-bodied people who have been convicted of sexually assaulting disabled people, the Combined Disabilities Association has said, surprising legislators."The association feels that penalties...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:24 PMJovan Johnson

The National Association for the Family has proposed using laws to give tax incentives to support marriages as a way to fight crime and violence. But Justice Minister Delroy Chuck, who chairs a parliamentary committee which today heard the...

Published:Wednesday | July 19, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaican Government has warned that it will be increasing taxes on tobacco and its related products in line with recommended rates set by the World Health Organization to fight lifestyle diseases.But, Carreras, one...

Published:Tuesday | July 18, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

A truth-telling medium for Jamaican politicians is the latest recommendation from a senator concerned that the corruption fight will not be won with just laws.Matthew Samuda, a government senator, gave the recommendation last Friday as he...

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

For all its contribution to the development of the Jamaican society, the diaspora deserves more "respect", says Earl Jarrett, chairman of the Jamaica 55 Diaspora Conference that starts Sunday in Kingston."For many Jamaicans, Jamaica represents a...

Published:Saturday | July 15, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government plans to spend $23 million to implement a three-month programme, starting on August 2, under which motorists with $2.8 billion in outstanding traffic tickets can pay fines without penalties.State Minister in the National Security...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Gleaner has obtained the document submitted to CARICOM heads on the failure of many participating nations to implement agreed measures to address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like diabetes and strokes that politicians and...

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

CARICOM leaders have pledged an assault on obesity and a schedule for the full implementation of the free movement of skilled workers in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).Regional leaders gathered in St George's, Grenada, over three days...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

Less than 15 per cent of citizens in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on average access tertiary-level education, a situation regional education administrators argue should propel governments to implement needed reforms if they are serious about...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 7:20 PMJovan Johnson

The Grenada meeting of CARICOM leaders has ended with declared 'unity' on the approach to the Venezuela issue, agreement on an implementation timeline for outstanding free movement issues, as well as threats that taxes could...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 7:36 AMJovan Johnson

CARICOM leaders have agreed to propose a mission team to crisis-hit Venezuela. Dr Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, says the decision was taken during talks in caucus last night and away from media glare on...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:08 AMJovan Johnson

Chairman of CARICOM, Dr Keith Mitchell, has warned his colleagues against allowing 'suspicions' to lead to 'inaction' over the political crisis in Venezuela which provides many countries in the region get oil on special payment...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:13 AMJovan Johnson

Cutting taxes on air travel tickets is among the measures Grenada's Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell says are needed in the region to help foster greater intra-regional travel and close what he labelled the political...

Published:Wednesday | July 5, 2017 | 7:00 AMJovan Johnson

The beach in Grenada's famous town of Grand Anse is free to locals to mix with tourists, and Fyah was shocked to learn that in other parts of the Caribbean, like Jamaica, government...

Published:Tuesday | July 4, 2017 | 7:32 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica will stick to its position on Venezuela even though it will try to use this week's meeting of CARICOM leaders to help bridge divisions in the regional grouping. That’s according to a senior official in the Ministry of...

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 6:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Office of the Contractor General (OCG) says that it cannot account for $2.5 million in the debushing project linked to Tyrone Robinson, chairman of the North East Health Authority and the campaign manager for labour and social security minister...

Published:Friday | June 30, 2017 | 6:00 AMJovan Johnson

Most of the work under the controversial debushing programme last year was carried out prior to the local government election constituencies represented by the Opposition People's National Party (PNP), according to a report by the Office of the...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 6:52 AMJovan Johnson

More constituencies represented by members of the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) benefited from the controversial pre-local government election de-bushing programme implemented last year, according to a report by the Office...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 6:17 AMJovan Johnson

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has concluded in a report that three government ministers may have lied about their role in selecting contractors, subcontractors and setting payment terms in the execution of the controversial pre-...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 6:10 AMJovan Johnson

Contractor General Dirk Harrison has concluded in a report that three government ministers may have lied about their roles in selecting contractors, subcontractors and setting payment terms in the execution of the controversial pre-...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 6:00 AMJovan Johnson

Some legislators were left outraged yesterday on hearing news suggesting that Jamaica would need at least twice the damage from mid-May rains that have left, preliminarily, $5 billion in rebuilding costs, to get a payout from a regional catastrophe...

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