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Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

There's no debate that Jamaica needs to produce and grow, but it is the legs to get that done that has some key stakeholders worried about whether the Government can achieve its targets.Prime Minister Andrew Holness has set up a council of...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

"In times like these we need a saviour," goes a line in the popular Christian hymn by American Ruth Caye Jones.That's the tune now being sung by powerful business interests, academics and lobbyists who have declared that downtown Kingston, the trade...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has reportedly joined Jamaican authorities in reviewing examination administration protocols over foul-ups involving two local schools that left more than 60 students without their grades for the May/June...

Published:Tuesday | September 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The magnitude of Guyana's oil discovery was disclosed yesterday, and, today, a leading Jamaican economic thinker is urging authorities of the South American nation to use Jamaica's experiences with bauxite to ensure that benefits are sustainable.The...

Published:Sunday | September 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

One major Chinese company that has invested billions of dollars in Jamaica in the past decade, China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is publicly denying any knowledge of an 'established practice' to pay bribery to Jamaican government officials....

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Twenty-seven students of Denbigh High in Clarendon, whose Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) English literature exam scripts went missing, are expected to get their grades early next week.Dr Maurice Smith, permanent secretary in the...

Published:Saturday | September 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Dr Karl Blythe could be hauled before a disciplinary committee of the People's National Party (PNP) for his "unethical and false comments" about the health of Party President Portia Simpson Miller.PNP Chairman Robert Pickersgill disclosed yesterday...

Published:Friday | September 2, 2016 | 12:05 AMJovan Johnson

Technology Minister Andrew Wheatley and Peter Bunting, the opposition spokesman on national security, are headed for a potentially major clash when the House of Representatives resumes sittings this month over the spectrum licence issued...

Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 9:00 AMJovan Johnson

Missing examination scripts has led to 27 students of the Denbigh High School in Clarendon being ungraded in English literature, sending the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) hunting.The Barbados-based institution is hunting because Denbigh High...

Published:Thursday | September 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Chinese companies in Jamaica are reportedly denying knowledge of a kickback policy, following claims made in the People's National Party (PNP) donations scandal, which has also drawn a response from United States government representatives in the...

Published:Wednesday | August 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The question of whether it is a People's National Party's (PNP) custom, while forming Government, to collect kickbacks from investors doing business with the country was brought to the surface yesterday as senior member Dr Omar Davies sought to...

Published:Tuesday | August 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government is comprehensively reviewing the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) in the wake of the bungling that left 40 students of Penwood High without grades for six Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects."We are...

Published:Monday | August 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

News that Jamaica will continue to lobby the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to award grades for six subjects initially classified as 'ungraded' is being welcomed by affected students of the Penwood High School in St Andrew.The samples of the...

Published:Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Officials at the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) and the Penwood High School could be sanctioned for not reporting to Jamaica's education ministry that about 40 students did not receive grades in six subjects sat in this year's Caribbean...

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has hinted that it would be difficult to get a change in the decision not to grade 40 Penwood High School students in six subjects because of the non-submission of required documents.Education Minister Ruel...

Published:Thursday | August 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The educational progress of approximately 40 students of the Penwood High School in St Andrew has been forced to a halt after a bungling by school administrators resulted in them being 'ungraded' in six subjects sat in this year's Caribbean...

Published:Tuesday | August 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The management of the soon-to-be divested Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) has said it is gearing up for a fight with a trade union at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) over the dismissal of 16 workers from the engineering department.The dismissal...

Published:Saturday | August 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Caribbean countries with weak regulatory systems that could facilitate financial crimes need to act fast to strengthen their safeguards, said Prime Minster Andrew Holness. Failure to do so, he noted, could worsen the issue of international banks...

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

External oversight from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be critical to Jamaica achieving gross domestic product (GDP) growth of five per cent in four years while also preventing the country from 'backsliding' on fiscal discipline, Michael...

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Andrew Holness-administration says it cannot give a timeline for its response to the multi-million-dollar gratuity and pension scandal uncovered at the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ).At the same time, civil society is facing criticism for its '...

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 11:37 AMJovan Johnson

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn says the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) could have ignored her recommendation and brought charges against parliamentarian James Robertson over the 2011 findings of a criminal ...

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Court of Appeal has used a judgment to tell the Jamaican Parliament that the judiciary is bound to consider established rules in sentencing people and not just the intent of elected representatives.The top court made the position clear in a...

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Some members of the 151-year-old Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are resisting efforts such as moving from making manual entries into station diaries to using computer-based systems to improve basic policing Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford...

Published:Thursday | August 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The United Nations, local and regional rights groups, and advocates say a train has now been set in motion for colonial laws throughout the English-speaking Caribbean outlawing anal sex to tumble after a Belize court ruled that laws in the country...

Published:Wednesday | August 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A potentially messy affair is developing between Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte and Public Defender Arlene Harrison Henry, the latter of whom has declared her office will not back down from attempting to be allowed to participate in a court...

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