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Published:Thursday | November 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Two of the leading business lobby groups in Jamaica say that local government should be reformed to allow for the direct election of mayors as part of enforcing accountability and breaking partisan loyalty."That would be apositive," said Warren...

Published:Monday | November 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Hundreds of patrons who flock nightclubs in Manchester are being warned that they put their lives at risk each time they enter the buildings.Addressing a Gleaner Jobs and Growth Forum last week, Rohan Powell, acting deputy superintendent at the...

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

If Prime Minister Andrew Holness intends to honour the law and have local government elections held by December 29, his time to announce a date is running out, as the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) says the conditions are now "less than ideal"...

Published:Saturday | October 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A solar water-heating market waiting for exploitation is an opportunity knocking on the door of Caribbean countries, participants at the just-concluded Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators annual conference were told.However, according to Dr...

Published:Wednesday | October 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Montego Bay, St James:The Organisation Of Caribbean Utility Regulators (OOCUR) is expected to approve a proposal for the group to work with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) in the regional push for a single information and communications...

Published:Sunday | October 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Ronald Thwaites CONSTITUENCY: Kingston CentralThough joyful in declaring Kingston Central is "not a crime hotspot anymore", Ronald Thwaites lamented during his Constituency Debate contribution to Parliament last week that his...

Published:Saturday | October 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

There was only one amendment that the House of Representatives made when it approved a bill to establish the Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA) to merge and replace the cocoa and coffee industry boards.The bill reached the...

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 12:36 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaicans appear not to have deluded themselves into thinking Jamaican and Caribbean affairs will receive much attention in the United States presidential election campaign now in its homestretch. Local watchers, however, believe that the indirect...

Published:Friday | October 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government's new policy shift towards indirect taxation is under more scrutiny as parliamentarians demand action to ensure that the number of Jamaicans living in poverty - approximately 550,000, or 20 per cent of the population - does not swell....

Published:Thursday | October 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Brian Wynter and Financial Secretary Everton McFarlane have come out defending the costly 'insurance' Jamaica has taken out against oil prices as the expiration date nears and a new one is being prepared for...

Published:Sunday | October 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

 Trelawny Southern Member of Parliament (MP) Marisa Dalrymple Philibert used her contribution to the Constituency Debate in the Parliament to issue an appeal to the...

Published:Saturday | October 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Lambert Brown used yesterday's meeting of the Senate to rip into Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw, painting him as a hypocrite over the continued depreciation in the value of the Jamaican dollar.The Jamaican dollar has moved from...

Published:Friday | October 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, supports Jamaican politicians who say the University of the West Indies' (UWI) initial refusal to appear before a parliamentary committee must be used by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries...

Published:Thursday | October 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Opposition Member of Parliament Mikael Phillips is proposing a ban on motorists using earphones while driving as part of efforts to force discipline on Jamaican drivers and cut the number of Jamaicans dying in road crashes each year.He also wants a...

Published:Thursday | October 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Early into the job, former Commissioner of Police Rear Admiral Hardley Lewin said he faced the same backlash the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is getting, namely, that its push to cut police fatal shootings is demoralising...

Published:Thursday | October 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica's elected representatives, smarting from being snubbed by the University of the West Indies (UWI), now say that they will be pushing for necessary changes to ensure that the university, which, this year alone, is set to get funding that could...

Published:Wednesday | October 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Wisynco, the sole maker of styrofoam in Jamaica, has said that by the end of this year it will be using biodegradable additives that will make the product more environmentally friendly, noting that customers should expect a slight increase in prices...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Several stakeholders in the real estate sector say planning is critical if the Government is to capitalise on the tremendous opportunities the sector provides for helping to create sustainable economic growth."... Real estate can be a pillar of...

Published:Tuesday | October 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Six former wards at the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre destroyed by fire in 2009 are to get millions of dollars following their victory over the Government in their bid to get compensation for breaches of their constitutional rights, Children...

Published:Saturday | October 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica is a step closer to banning plastic bags and styrofoam following the Senate's approval of a private member's motion that has raised some concerns from the Opposition, which said it supported the "spirit" of the proposal.Government Senator...

Published:Friday | October 7, 2016 | 12:32 AMJovan Johnson

According to highly placed sources, the Government is to allow former sugar workers to remain in the new housing units at Stokes Hall near Golden Grove, St Thomas, quickly putting an end to a potential clash between authorities and the residents,...

Published:Friday | October 7, 2016 | 12:01 AMJovan Johnson

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the opposition People's National Party have reacted positively to news from the Economic Growth Council (EGC) that some of its proposals to achieve economic growth could form part of a new...

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Local business conglomerate Musson (Jamaica) Limited has failed in another attempt to have a court accept its argument that businessman Claude Clarke "unjustly" enriched himself when it paid off a $12 million debt linked to companies he owned.The...

Published:Tuesday | October 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Yallahs, St Thomas:An angry, roaring sea she's not seen for the past two years convinced Moira Morgan, 62, to leave her house on Shallay Lane along the Yallahs coast and make the trek across the road to the Yallahs Primary School shelter with her...

Published:Monday | October 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Some private-sector companies are allegedly turning up their noses at employing young, disabled Jamaicans as part of the National Youth Service (NYS) summer work programme.Over the years, hundreds of private-sector organisations have partnered with...

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