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

Some sugar workers in Golden Grove, St Thomas, say they appreciate being allowed into new, sturdier housing for the passage of Hurricane Matthew, but they are concerned about the lack of water, electricity and functioning sewage system.The...

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee of Parliament has warned members of parliament that they will not get approval to buy fixed assets following the "disaster" involving the $6-million purchase of a backhoe in 2007.The issue was raised...

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

National Security Minister Robert Montague declared in Parliament yesterday that the deadly violence ravaging St James has been reaped from the social decay in the island and it is now time for everyone to admit their wrongs."We are reaping the...

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

With fear spreading over the intensification of gun violence in Kingston and St James, Education Minister Ruel Reid yesterday said special security measures are being considered to reduce risks to children and schools.He told the Senate on Friday...

Published:Saturday | September 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government is to open a formal investigation into the death of high school footballer Dominic James.Education and Youth Minister Ruel Reid told the Senate yesterday that the ministry is "interested" in finding out whether there were any breaches...

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A new property tax system to get rid of the transfer tax and stamp duty now charged are to go before the Cabinet for approval by December 31 as one of two new structural benchmarks under Jamaica's four-year loan programme with the International...

Published:Thursday | September 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Disclosure that taxpayers have paid out approximately $302 million since 2012 for the provision of consultancy services to support the work of elected politicians has reignited questions about the suitability of the Constituency Development Fund (...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A senior public official is under the microscope for a series of corruption allegations, including illicit enrichment and failure to declare assets, in a case that a high-ranking government official says will highlight "serious systemic weaknesses"...

Published:Tuesday | September 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

More poor and vulnerable Jamaicans are in need of greater welfare assistance from the Government to reduce the impact from the fallout linked to the controversial tax break, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.The IMF issued the...

Published:Monday | September 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Acknowledging that just-re-elected People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller is in the departure zone, her predecessor, P.J. Patterson, is warning aspirants to the post to "put themselves in a lane" and get their timing right.The...

Published:Sunday | September 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaica Labour Party administration seems set on fulfilling its promise of making it a legal requirement for the publication of assets and liabilities of prime ministers and leaders of the opposition, based on an anti-corruptionlegislation that...

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica's academic and business representatives say a World Bank study pointing to the multibillion-dollar benefits regional countries can get from sustainable exploitation of the Caribbean Sea highlight weaknesses in government policy over the...

Published:Friday | September 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

It cost taxpayers $4.6 million for a four-day visit to Jamaica in July by Dr Keith Rowley, the prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago.The expenditure, which was released to The Gleaner by the Office of the Prime Minister under an Access to...

Published:Thursday | September 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The only transparent and practical means to fund political parties and reduce threats to Jamaica's democracy is currently for private-sector companies to increase their financial support, Daryl Vaz, a senior member of the Andrew Holness...

Published:Thursday | September 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Ronald Thwaites, the opposition spokesman on education, is warning Education Minister Ruel Reid to be careful about the threat that he has issued to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) that Jamaica is prepared to "review" its relationship with...

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The true beneficiaries of Jamaica's third cellular licence remain under a cloud as the Government has admitted that in doing its due diligence, it did not go beyond the names submitted on the application by Symbiote Investments Limited.Symbiote is...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:06 AMJovan Johnson

Shirley Lindo met a man - Ricardo Thompson - with a 'vision' in the late 1990s and today the two are leading Jamaican exporters in the fledgling castor oil industry which is projected to be worth close to US$4 billion (almost J$500 billion) on the...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Private-sector players in Jamaica say they cannot be blamed for the lack of investment in downtown Kingston, the historic city area that has been suffering from blight over many decades."I'm not going to be willing to make the private sector keep...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government could give consideration to appointing a corruption prosecutor, or czar, as part of efforts to achieve its 'five in four' and pedal Jamaica to sustainable growth and development, Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the Ministry...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Gladstone Hutchinson, a former economic planner in the public service, is to become the Government's point man for the restoration of downtown Kingston, a centuries-old port city in Jamaica's capital.Daryl Vaz, the minister without portfolio in the...

Published:Tuesday | September 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica is accusing the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) of being "very difficult" but has said it will not back down from its push for exam grades for some 40 students of Penwood High."We have our concerns that CXC is being very difficult, and...

Published:Monday | September 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Almost one year after an audit uncovered the alleged misuse of millions of dollars of farmers' money deposited in the National People's Cooperative Bank (NPCB), the resulting investigation appears nowhere near completion.According to Agriculture...

Published:Monday | September 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Economic Growth Council (EGC) missed its August 31 deadline to submit its plans for growing the economy, but Daryl Vaz, the Government's point man on investments, says there should be no worries as the document could be submitted today."It's...

Published:Saturday | September 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Approximately 40 students of Penwood High School in St Andrew will have to wait a while longer to know whether they will get grades in six subjects they sat in this year's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.The school did not...

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

It has cost the Government more than $1 billion so far to respond to the Zika virus threat, and plans are being made now to seek approval for a budget of at least $300 million more to continue the fight.Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton...

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