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Published:Wednesday | June 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Critics have renewed their warning to the Government about the use of curfews which the administration is insisting it will approve to help the security forces in their fight against crime.The caution from social anthropologist and violence...

Published:Tuesday | June 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise (MSME) Alliance says it views as "positive" the announcement by Industry and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda of a "limited review" of the 2013 MSME...

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

It's Andrew Holness' super, super ministry that stakeholders are keenly watching to see whether the elusive growth and economic development trumpeted over many years can actually be realised.With 100 days now gone since the new administration took...

Published:Monday | June 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

University lecturer Dr Orville Taylor says Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith should be commended for her engagement of the diaspora so far in her tenure - just over 100 days old - but adds that he needs to "feel the...

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), which represents more than 40,000 public-sector workers, has given a positive grade to the leadership of the labour and social security ministry over the first 100 days of the Andrew Holness...

Published:Wednesday | June 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government could face challenges getting each of the 63 members of parliament (MP) to put forward $1 million as a matching amount to the support each will receive from the Ministry of Health to fight the Zika virus in their constituencies.Health...

Published:Friday | June 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Although millions of dollars more is to be spent on the anti-Zika campaign, there is still no clear picture as to how many Jamaicans are being affected by the mosquito-borne disease, which has been confirmed in two pregnant women.Health minister Dr...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Lawmakers are warning the Social Development Commission (SDC) to revisit its management fee charged to implement education assistance programmes funded by the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) or face certain "demands".Everald Warmington, chairman...

Published:Wednesday | June 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Senate yesterday approved the 2016-2017 Budget amid bipartisan support for improvements to the way tax measures are developed and implemented.The Senate's approval was merely rubber-stamping, as the unelected chamber has no powers under the...

Published:Monday | May 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

For 14 years, building houses and serving the medical needs of vulnerable Jamaicans were just two of the critical acts of service American Christian missionaries, 53-year-old Harold Nichols and 48-year-old Randy Hentzel, carried out before they were...

Published:Friday | April 29, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Former chairman of the People's National Party (PNP) human rights commission Clyde Williams has lashed his fellow Comrade Floyd Morris for an "outdated and outmoded" style of handling internal issues that he claims got the party "kicked out of...

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ) is urging the Government to consider a proposal by a high-school principal to allow schools to charge a fixed percentage of the planned increase in tuition assistance per student.The...

Published:Tuesday | April 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Several Jamaicans living here after being deported from foreign countries claim local employers are making their lives difficult by refusing them jobs despite possessing the required skills and qualifications.In fact, one of them who spoke with The...

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

"We'll be turned into beggars!" is the cry of two local high school principals following the announcement last week that the Government will ban schools from charging auxiliary fees and, instead, increase the subvention per student to schools....

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

For the second time in four years, sex-education textbooks in Jamaica's public schools will be scrutinised for alleged inappropriate content.Last week, Education Minister Ruel Reid, citing "public concerns", ordered an investigation "to determine...

Published:Saturday | April 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A senior member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) says a 50 per cent cut in the Budget for spending on defence affairs and services continues less-than-desired treatment of the nation's military.The 2016-2017 Estimates of Expenditure tabled in...

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2016 | 3:23 PMJovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The recent release of a prisoner who was detained at the Court’s pleasure for more than 20 years because he was a juvenile when he and two men murdered three persons in 1993 has highlighted the need for a system to be put in place for such...

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller is claiming that her People's National Party (PNP) is not being "hard" on the one-month-old Andrew Holness administration, which is coming under increasing pressure over whether it can fulfil its anti-...

Published:Monday | April 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Up to late last night, the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) was yet to determine what caused a "fairly widespread" power outage that left tens of thousands in darkness.Reports of the outage began to emerge shortly after seven o'clock from...

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

After two consecutive years of farmers in St Elizabeth losing millions due to persistent droughts, the Government is moving to lessen the effects of future ones by constructing a $1.2 billion irrigation system in Essex Valley in the parish.Governor...

Published:Saturday | April 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The parents of thousands of Jamaican high school students who may have been looking forward to being relieved of paying auxiliary fees come September will be left disappointed as it appears the Andrew Holness administration, which had promised to...

Published:Friday | April 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen could be out of a job by the end of this legislative year if the Andrew Holness administration gets bipartisan support for proposed legislation to replace Queen Elizabeth II with a non-executive president as head...

Published:Thursday | April 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A second major United States government report in two months has highlighted weaknesses in Jamaica's judicial system that "obstruct access to justice for victims of crime and their families and allegedly unlawful killings by government security...

Published:Monday | April 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Gays in Jamaica can expect to face increased levels of 'hate or rejection', although many of the people who hate their lifestyle believe they can be 'fixed' through a conversion process.Those findings are contained in the 2015 Awareness, Attitude...

Published:Sunday | April 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Less than four months after being elected one of the commissioners of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Jamaican attorney Margaret Macaulay has stamped her mark on the international body by blasting the United States government...

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