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Published:Saturday | June 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Senators on Friday voted to make it the duty of company directors to disclose situations that present conflicts of interest in legislation aimed at bringing Jamaica into compliance with global standards against money laundering and terrorism...

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison is dismissing concerns that the number of children having unprotected sex would rise if the Parliament accepts her recommendation to increase the age of consent from 16 to 18 years old.The Jamaica Family...

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Everald Warmington, state minister in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Tuesday accused journalists of "gross dishonesty" in reporting comments he made at last week's meeting of Parliament's Infrastructure and Physical Development...

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A lack of documentation surrounding the purchase of approximately $124 million worth of equipment highlights the weak procurement-management system at the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA), the auditor general has said in a scathing...

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 12:04 AMJovan Johnson

It will cost an estimated $3.4 billion to restore roads and drains damaged by rains since March. According to the National Works Agency (NWA), there has been some $2.1 billion in damage to roads and drains since March including $1.4 ...

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica's growth projection will take a significant hit, two financial analysts have said following disclosure that the preliminary estimate of damage associated with four events of flooding since March is approximately $4 billion, and agriculture,...

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

In blatant disregard for its own rules, the Ministry of Finance, over the period 2010-2016, approved salaries that were $26 million in excess of the maximum for 22 advisers and assistants engaged across three selected ministries, the auditor general...

Published:Monday | May 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The shame of seeing foreign countries successfully prosecute cases linked to Jamaica without any similar success here over the years should have pushed local authorities to fix the justice system, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ)...

Published:Saturday | May 27, 2017 | 12:04 AMJovan Johnson

A member of the legal fraternity is supporting a lawmaker's suggestion that Jamaica should consider scrapping the term 'rape' and categorising it as one example of sexual assault.Under Jamaican law, rape is the penetration of the vagina with the...

Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Members of Parliament who have 'attacked' Food For The Poor (FFP), claiming that poor-quality houses are being built for poor Jamaicans at unreasonable costs are ungrateful and should apologise to Jamaica's largest charity, argues Pearnel Charles,...

Published:Friday | May 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Definitions of rape are becoming "wayward", Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has argued, suggesting that, perhaps, it is time that Jamaica removes that designation from the books and captures it under a general category such as sexual assault.He threw...

Published:Tuesday | May 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Two new measures called the Care Order and the Antisocial Behaviour Order are being proposed for the courts to use in treating with children. They would formally replace the 'uncontrollable' designation that some advocates argue results in the abuse...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has confirmed that approximately 200,000 people benefited from the increase in the income tax threshold to $1.5 million. But that is a number that opposition members of the Public Administration and...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The authorities should not be surprised at areas left devastated by floods earlier this week, argues geologist Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr, who insists that poor planning and behavioural practices, as well as the failure to use research data to inform...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has conducted an assessment of how consumption spending has been affected by the tax measures that the Government has imposed to fund the increase in the income tax threshold.The PIOJ made the document public...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaicans in poor households who do not get assistance under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) "will be worse off" because of the Government's tax measures imposed to fund the increase in the income tax threshold.That'...

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2017 | 12:44 AMJovan Johnson

Three young friends from rural Jamaica, each of them age 21, have accepted the challenge to embrace entrepreneurship. Along the way, they have experienced the usual bureaucratic hurdles that the authorities have long acknowledged, need to be removed...

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Using the North-South Highway is proving to be quite expensive for lawmakers, but that cannot be an excuse for not turning up for the people's business at Gordon House, Derrick Smith, the leader of government business in the House of Representatives...

Published:Monday | May 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Anti-corruption campaigner Professor Trevor Munroe would, ideally, want a review of constitutional powers given to the director of public prosecutors (DPP) to intervene in cases, but the office holder, Paula Llewellyn, says that that appears to be a...

Published:Sunday | May 14, 2017 | 12:28 AMJovan Johnson

Perhaps if there was not a hurricane threat last October, Mikael Phillips and Delroy Chuck would be the only lawmakers to have attended all 50 sittings between March 2016 and March of this year. Phillips, the Manchester North Western member of...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

If a child in state care spends 12 months of a 15-month period without a parental visit, the Child Development Agency (CDA) is recommending that that should be specific grounds in law for a court to terminate parental rights.Parental abandonment is...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Greg Christie, the contractor general in 2012 who battled the then People's National Party (PNP) administration to monitor the US$720 million North-South Highway contract, said that though politicians on both sides are insisting that it was a good...

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Outlawing using children to sell on the streets or in markets is a good intention, the National Parent-Teacher Association and a violence expert noted. However, they are cautioning that such punitive measures must equally be matched by government...

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Lawmakers remain unconvinced about the merits of raising the age of consent from 16 to 18 years old and have told Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison to bring more evidence to support the position she has been advancing.Harrison yesterday...

Published:Monday | May 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Small Business Association of Jamaica has admitted that it is having a problem with many of its members fulfilling their legal obligations to file annual returns.Registrar of Companies, Judith Ramlogan, has disclosed that 36.8 per cent of...

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