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Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Members of Parliament who have 'attacked' Food For The Poor (FFP), claiming that poor-quality houses are being built for poor Jamaicans at unreasonable costs are ungrateful and should apologise to Jamaica's largest charity, argues Pearnel Charles,...

Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Definitions of rape are becoming "wayward", Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has argued, suggesting that, perhaps, it is time that Jamaica removes that designation from the books and captures it under a general category such as sexual assault.He threw...

Published:Tuesday | May 23, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Two new measures called the Care Order and the Antisocial Behaviour Order are being proposed for the courts to use in treating with children. They would formally replace the 'uncontrollable' designation that some advocates argue results in the abuse...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

The authorities should not be surprised at areas left devastated by floods earlier this week, argues geologist Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr, who insists that poor planning and behavioural practices, as well as the failure to use research data to inform...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has conducted an assessment of how consumption spending has been affected by the tax measures that the Government has imposed to fund the increase in the income tax threshold.The PIOJ made the document public...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has confirmed that approximately 200,000 people benefited from the increase in the income tax threshold to $1.5 million. But that is a number that opposition members of the Public Administration and...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaicans in poor households who do not get assistance under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) "will be worse off" because of the Government's tax measures imposed to fund the increase in the income tax threshold.That'...

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2017 | 5:44 AMJovan Johnson

Three young friends from rural Jamaica, each of them age 21, have accepted the challenge to embrace entrepreneurship. Along the way, they have experienced the usual bureaucratic hurdles that the authorities have long acknowledged, need to be removed...

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Using the North-South Highway is proving to be quite expensive for lawmakers, but that cannot be an excuse for not turning up for the people's business at Gordon House, Derrick Smith, the leader of government business in the House of Representatives...

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Anti-corruption campaigner Professor Trevor Munroe would, ideally, want a review of constitutional powers given to the director of public prosecutors (DPP) to intervene in cases, but the office holder, Paula Llewellyn, says that that appears to be a...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 5:28 AMJovan Johnson

Perhaps if there was not a hurricane threat last October, Mikael Phillips and Delroy Chuck would be the only lawmakers to have attended all 50 sittings between March 2016 and March of this year. Phillips, the Manchester North Western member of...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Greg Christie, the contractor general in 2012 who battled the then People's National Party (PNP) administration to monitor the US$720 million North-South Highway contract, said that though politicians on both sides are insisting that it was a good...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

If a child in state care spends 12 months of a 15-month period without a parental visit, the Child Development Agency (CDA) is recommending that that should be specific grounds in law for a court to terminate parental rights.Parental abandonment is...

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Lawmakers remain unconvinced about the merits of raising the age of consent from 16 to 18 years old and have told Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison to bring more evidence to support the position she has been advancing.Harrison yesterday...

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Outlawing using children to sell on the streets or in markets is a good intention, the National Parent-Teacher Association and a violence expert noted. However, they are cautioning that such punitive measures must equally be matched by government...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Small Business Association of Jamaica has admitted that it is having a problem with many of its members fulfilling their legal obligations to file annual returns.Registrar of Companies, Judith Ramlogan, has disclosed that 36.8 per cent of...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

The country's main anti-corruption body says that it will now have to intensify a probe into the US$720 million North-South Highway contract between the Government and the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC).Contractor General Dirk Harrison...

Published:Friday | May 5, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Discussions on new toll rates for the North-South Highway are still ongoing, but the National Road Operating and Constructing Company (NROCC) is warning that Jamaica must be prepared to accepts the "risks" for pushing to slash rates.NROCC is the 15-...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 5:02 AMJovan Johnson

Commercial property owners are still uncomfortable with the levels of increase in the rates used to calculate their tax, but there is no call for a further revision to the new regime, the Realtors' Association of Jamaica has said.The realtors and...

Published:Thursday | May 4, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Most of the 1,200 acres of prime lands that the Jamaican Government has already provided to the Chinese developers of the North-South Highway was not valuated, and that is "untidy", a lawmaker has told the state agency representing the Government's...

Published:Tuesday | May 2, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

One-third of the entities registered with the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) do not file their annual returns, and Judith Ramlogan, the registrar of companies, believes this is a major problem that needs to be addressed.According to Ramlogan, the...

Published:Tuesday | May 2, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Dubbing himself "The Great Implementer", Education Minister Ruel Reid is reporting that schools have been managing well and without the chaos he claims was predicted by naysayers critical of the abolition of the auxiliary fee system.And he appears...

Published:Tuesday | May 2, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaican Government, by intervening to help financially challenged students sit exams, could be setting a bad precedent if it does not work out a sustainable mechanism, Professor Archibald McDonald, principal of the Mona campus of the University...

Published:Monday | May 1, 2017 | 5:00 AMJovan Johnson

Opposition Senators have accused the Government and some of its agencies, including the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), of not being aggressive enough in ensuring that Jamaica makes use of its portion of a £300-million UK grant (J$54-billion)...

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 4:00 AMJovan Johnson

Information belonging to more than 14,000 Jamaican students from 16 local high schools being stored on an online database hosted in the United States is being held hostage by hackers who are demanding US$5,000 to release the data.The system, which...

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