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Published:Friday | March 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Fitz Jackson, the parliamentarian who has tabled legislation to regulate how banks charge fees, has accused some of the institutions of disrespecting Parliament by increasing fees before lawmakers finish their deliberations."The increases reinforce...

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Police High Command has said that increased confrontation with alleged criminals has contributed to the higher number of fatal incidents. This claim is in response to concerns expressed by the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM)...

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

In another major cost-saving venture, the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has said that by next year, it will come off the grid of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), the island's sole power distributor.The university recently...

Published:Wednesday | March 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government has spent more than $1 billion over the past seven years on training and development for 1,453 civil servants, but exactly how Jamaica has benefited is not known.That's because, according to Wayne Jones, deputy financial secretary in...

Published:Friday | March 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Stunned by the allegations that money from a multibillion-dollar Clarendon road project, which has missed its March 2016 completion deadline, was used to cover a $7-million hotel bill, the Government is now demanding that the parliamentary...

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

The Appeal Court has been told to keep the Public Defender out of a gay-rights court case even as one of Jamaica's most senior judges has asserted that the rights issue is one of the "great debates of our time".Solicitor General Nicole Foster-Pusey...

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

Court of Appeal President, Justice Dennis Morrison, has questioned whether a court should "box" itself into the "rigidity" of procedures and miss potentially useful contributions in a gay man's challenge to Jamaica's buggery law.The top judge said...

Published:Tuesday | February 21, 2017 | 12:32 AMJovan Johnson

Powerful trade union groups have sent a threat to the Andrew Holness administration, saying they will not accept the proposed pension reforms to come on stream on April 1 and are “prepared to fight”. At the heart of the issue is the...

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

Some 3,000 business process outsourcing (BPO) jobs are expected to be created from the construction of a building at the Portmore Informatics Park (PIP) in St Catherine, a move Prime Minister Andrew Holness said would help to reduce crime."...

Published:Thursday | February 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaicans could be punished for becoming energy efficient, a consultant has argued before a parliamentary committee, once again raising questions about the 2016 licence granted to the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).Richard Gordon, a consultant...

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

A government on the hunt for money to fund its programmes has invoked its legal power to take approximately $2 billion from the National Housing Trust (NHT), the same entity that's expected to be called on to give more budgetary support for the next...

Published:Friday | February 10, 2017 | 12:04 AMJovan Johnson

Just seven per cent ($53 billion) of the $710 billion Budget proposed for the next fiscal year is going towards spending on capital or investment projects like roads as wages and salaries and debt servicing continue to take up the biggest chunk (70...

Published:Thursday | February 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaicans will know today how much revenue the Government will target for the upcoming fiscal year when the National Budget for the 2017-2018 financial year is tabled in the Parliament.Today also marks the opening of the Parliament for the 2017-2018...

Published:Wednesday | February 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government is reportedly considering using National Housing Trust (NHT) funds for budgetary support, and Dennis Chung, chief executive officer, Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), said doing that would reduce taxes to be imposed for...

Published:Tuesday | February 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaicans could have their constitutionally guaranteed rights infringed on by the Andrew Holness administration as it attempts to arrest the crime surge.An indication that this could happen has come from the finance minister's chief technical...

Published:Friday | February 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The old debate about anal sex has been resurrected with a United Nations (UN) recommendation that Jamaica's Parliament approve a redefinition of sexual intercourse to add penetration of the mouth or anus in order to fairly protect men and women...

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The head of the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA), Enid Ross-Stewart, told a committee of the nation's Parliament yesterday that pastors and policemen - two groups in which the nation places great trust - are among...

Published:Wednesday | February 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The saga involving the Andrew Holness administration and telecoms company Symbiote, which trades as Caricel, has taken another turn with confirmation that the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) made a ruling on an aspect of the...

Published:Friday | January 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Dr Fritz Pinnock, the executive director of the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), shed tears on Tuesday as he watched lawmakers approve legislation to grant university status to the 37-year-old institution. "It has been a journey. It is more...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Anti-corruption advocates are flogging the Andrew Holness administration for Jamaica being 'seen' as more corrupt in a new report, which the Government insists it is not rattled by.Jamaica has slipped 14 places to 83 out of 176 countries on the...

Published:Wednesday | January 25, 2017 | 12:27 AMJovan Johnson

State Minister Everald Warmington has suggested that parliamentarians confront Finance Minister Audley Shaw during March’s Budget debate in another attempt to get approximately $140 million that the Social Development Commission (SDC) owes...

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) is preparing for a battle with the Government over any attempt to review its operating licence.The JPS was put on its guard last Friday when Government senator and chief technical adviser to the finance...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The saga involving the controversial bush-clearing work has taken another turn because of statements contradicting E.G. Hunter, the chief executive officer of the National Works Agency (NWA). As a result, consideration is now being given to having...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Christopher Stephenson, the examination coordinator at the centre of last year's ungraded exams debacle at Penwood High in St Andrew, has been sacked by the school's board. But he's fighting it.Howard Isaacs, president of the Jamaica Teachers'...

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A parliamentary committee is to turn up the heat today on the National Works Agency (NWA), the government body that is spearheading the controversial debushing programme.According to new information, the budget for the programme could now jump by...

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