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Published:Tuesday | July 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Georgetown, Guyana: The Vatican knows it cannot directly influence political decisions of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) but Alex Thomas, Pope Francis' representative at this week's regional summit, says he hopes the leaders meeting here...

Published:Sunday | July 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Security and economics high agenda issues at 37th Heads of Government ConferencePrime Minister Andrew Holness is journeying to Georgetown, Guyana, to join other regional heads of government for the 37th regular meeting of the Caribbean Community (...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Ceiling and floor repairs are among some questionable things parliamentarians say should not have to be covered by taxpayers who are funding a $400-million refurbishing exercise for the Accountant General's Department (AGD) to rent the ground floor...

Published:Friday | July 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) should take a more "proactive diplomatic interest" in Haiti, Dr Jermaine McCalpin, lecturer in transitional justice and political integration at the University of the West Indies (UWI), has said.The CARICOM...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Regional information sharing on crime needs improvement, and Jamaica, through its prime minister, Andrew Holness, has indicated that it will be pushing for the issue to be on the packed agenda for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Dr Christopher Tufton, health minister, is clarifying that no legislative changes should be expected from a "comprehensive review" that he says is needed of changes to the Dangerous Drugs Act, which relaxed the usage of ganja in Jamaica.Speaking in...

Published:Wednesday | June 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

"Jamaica has been the ATM for Trinidad and Tobago."That's the claim from the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), which has indicated that it wants Jamaica to use the upcoming Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government Summit to...

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee could take a vote soon that might see constituencies represented by tardy members of parliament (MPs) penalised by having funds set aside for them go towards other constituencies with proactive...

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Just under a week before Prime Minister Andrew Holness attends his first Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government Conference in Guyana, there is a call for Jamaica to push for quick changes to widen the categories of professionals permitted...

Published:Tuesday | June 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is being urged to reassess his administration's position on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), especially in light of the vote by the United Kingdom (UK) to leave the European Union (EU) and the reasons behind it....

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

With more than 15 rapes in the past six weeks, the police have now issued a formal warning to teenage girls, especially, to avoid commuting in illegal, unregulated taxis - robots - the vehicles the authorities say are linked to all the alleged...

Published:Saturday | June 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Economic partnership agreements between the European Union (EU) and Caribbean countries could, according to Caribbean experts, be undermined by the impending departure of the United Kingdom (UK) from the 28-member bloc that, in recent years, has...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

With parish councils being scrutinised more over corruption allegations, the Government has declared that it will withhold money from them if they fail to follow established rules, even as the Opposition questions if that can really be done."I am...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has intervened in the growing fee dispute between the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee of Parliament and the Social Development Commission (SDC), which has been accused by parliamentarians of...

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaican police say a conviction should be expected based on the evidence they have turned over to prosecutors, who will seek to get locked away Andre Thomas, 25, the man charged with the murders of two United States missionaries in the north-...

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Andrew Holness administration says it has inherited "a mountain of domestic arrears" of almost $50 billion from the previous People's National Party administration.State Minister for Finance and the Public Service Fayval Williams made the...

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Constituency Development Fund (CDF) Committee of Parliament has demanded that the Social Development Commission (SDC) pay over approximately $174 million the agency reportedly owes constituencies.The demand issued by the committee chairman,...

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Although declining to release the findings of a comprehensive audit at this time, the Government has indicated that it will end the pilot phase of the Tablets in Schools (TIS) programme and begin a full rollout.Energy, Science and Technology...

Published:Wednesday | June 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaican Government could formally demand that marketing companies help cover the compensation claims for bad gas amounting to $25 million.A government source who asked not to be named has said that the matter was discussed at the Cabinet this...

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Declaring that transnational organised crime such as arms and drug trafficking remains a "cancer" plaguing the Caribbean, a senior United States military official has said Jamaica remains a critical partner in coordinating the regional response to...

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Peter Phillips, the man who started calls for Prime Minister Andrew Holness to publicly release his finances, has suggested it is not enough that Holness has now done so to select media houses, saying he expected the documents to be tabled in...

Published:Monday | June 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) is dismissing concerns about the rigidity of its licensing regime, stressing that it cannot afford to get it wrong as the health of the nation could be put at risk.Cindy Lightbourne, executive director of the...

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

East Central St Catherine Member of Parliament Alando Terrelonge has declared he will not be paying a bill, reportedly running into hundreds of thousands of dollars, to the Kingston Bookshop Ltd, which was left by his predecessor Arnaldo Brown.The...

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

If the Government gets its way, more than 20 judges who have retired could be employed as part of a thrust to cut the backlog of cases burdening the justice system.Speaking in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, Justice Minister, Delroy Chuck...

Published:Friday | June 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Faced with concerns that St Thomas was being treated as the 'forgotten parish' once again, Prime Minister Andrew Holness used a press conference yesterday to assure residents that they would get a highway, though not on the scale once...

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