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Published:Friday | April 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Chief Justice Zaila McCalla is being urged to look into the case involving Judith Pusey, a senior judge, who, in 2015, convicted a 33-year-old woman without testimony, trial, or a lawyer - what the Court of Appeal has since ruled "should not ever...

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Nerice Samuels fell into her mother's arms yesterday, with tears streaming down her face after the Court of Appeal quashed her conviction and set aside a six-month sentence for unlawful wounding, which Chief Parish Court Judge Judith Pusey imposed...

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Fifty-nine-year-old Dorrel Francis said that she "fought" and "cried" for her daughter, Nerice Samuels, who the Court of Appeal freed yesterday of a charge of unlawful wounding after a judge sentenced her without a trial or a lawyer....

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2017 | 10:34 AMJovan Johnson

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has outlined a structure he is hoping will satisfy tourism players who are upset over the planned move to transfer the funds under the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) into the Consolidated Fund- the Government's...

Published:Tuesday | April 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Government and opposition lawmakers are set to clash at Gordon House today when the controversial revised property tax system comes up for scheduled debate.The Cabinet had its usual Monday meeting yesterday, and up to press time, there was no...

Published:Sunday | April 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Union leaders in the Senate last Friday ignored party lines as they joined a call from Leader of Opposition Business Mark Golding for changes to the legislation legalising the collection of taxes on telephone calls since 2012.Senators approved the...

Published:Saturday | April 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Bruce Golding-led CARICOM Review Commission has submitted its final report, eight months after it started its work.Golding, a former prime minister, presented the report to Prime Minister Andrew Holness at his office on Thursday.Holness and the...

Published:Friday | March 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica Ltd (NPTAJ) has been left embarrassed after the Registrar of Companies initiated court action to get annual returns that have not been submitted since the organisation was established in 2006.A bill...

Published:Friday | March 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government has bowed to public pressure and has signalled that it will be reviewing what the Opposition People's National Party (PNP) has branded the "wicked" revised property tax system that is due to take effect tomorrow.Information Minister...

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Two of the eight opposition senators have signalled that if necessary, they are prepared to resign to give Dr Peter Phillips, the incoming opposition leader, the opportunity to make his own appointments.Their disclosure comes amid commentator Dr...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The payment system for the Soursop Turn to Chapleton, Clarendon road project makes it "extremely difficult" for any "skulduggery" to take place, chief executive officer of the National Works Agency (NWA) E.G. Hunter, has said.Hunter has also said no...

Published:Wednesday | March 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Mark Golding, leader of opposition business in the Senate, says members of that side will be meeting to discuss their positions with the impending appointment of a new opposition leader, but commentator, Dr Paul Ashley believes that's not necessary...

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Some sector leaders have been reacting to the ascension of Dr Peter Phillips to the presidency of the People's National Party (PNP), the political opposition in Jamaica. They argue that his takeover, on the third try, comes as Jamaicans become...

Published:Saturday | March 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Government and Opposition senators yesterday held tightly to their partisan scripts, either celebrating the Budget for the 2017-2018 financial year or berating it as being burdensome on poor Jamaicans.In the end, the Appropriation Bill (Budget),...

Published:Friday | March 24, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

If Portia Simpson Miller resigns as member of parliament, she's been guaranteed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness that a by-election in her St Andrew South Western constituency would be held immediately, although no such courtesies are being extended...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that he was not interested in any political battles about whether he broke a promise not to take funds from the National Housing Trust (NHT) even as he clarified that the latest drawdown was for debt payments and...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is rejecting an assertion from Prime Minister Andrew Holness that a proposed law to give the security forces powers to search places, vehicles, or persons within specific areas without a warrant was...

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Today, Prime Minister Andrew Holness will make his contribution to the 2017-2018 Budget Debate amid urging from the Opposition's incoming leader, Dr Peter Phillips, for Jamaicans to decide what action they will take to show that they will not...

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Chile and Jamaica are taking steps to deepen the exchange of best practices to help deal with youth offenders in what could partly be viewed as a response to the concerns raised by local rights groups about the treatment of offenders, especially...

Published:Saturday | March 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) continues to under-deliver on projects, even as its latest annual report showed that it racked up almost $900 million in losses in one financial year...

Published:Friday | March 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Seizing on the popular local term 'tax-perity', Portia Simpson Miller used her final address to Parliament as opposition leader to attack the 'prosperity' mantra of the Andrew Holness administration, arguing that the new Budget is an exploitation of...

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Amid confusion triggered by Prime Minister Andrew Holness over the purpose of the National Housing Trust (NHT), Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw is insisting that the administration's $11.4-billion draw-down from the agency to...

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Indicating that there will be no rollback of any aspect of the $13.5-billion tax package, Finance Minister Audley Shaw has said he expects no "battle" between the administration and unions representing public-sector workers which have labelled the...

Published:Saturday | March 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

"Unconscionable and a betrayal of the trust of the people in their Government" is how the Opposition, People's National Party (PNP), has labelled the $13.5 billion tax package tabled by Finance Minister Audley Shaw in Parliament on Thursday....

Published:Saturday | March 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government's Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) has dismissed concerns from the chief technical adviser to the finance minister, Aubyn Hill, that the current Jamaica Public Service (JPS) licence threatens the economy and should be...

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