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Published:Monday | January 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said it is confident that Jamaica remains committed to an agreed debt-reduction strategy despite last week's admission by local officials that the public debt has increased by two percentage points to 122...

Published:Saturday | January 14, 2017 | 12:57 AMJovan Johnson

Pressure is growing for the Andrew Holness administration to tell the public the full reasons for rejecting the $5.5 billion offer from the United Kingdom (UK) to help build a modern prison here. The issue is politically sensitive for Holness, who...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 6:40 PMJovan Johnson

Jamaica's stock of public debt has increased by two percentage points to 122 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) since the start of fiscal year 2016/17. Jamaica’s total public debt stood at approximately $2.15 trillion at the end of...

Published:Wednesday | January 11, 2017 | 6:31 PMJovan Johnson

Revenue from two of the taxes imposed to fund the personal income tax break are underperforming and the government will have to call on public bodies to fund a shortfall of $1.6 billion, Financial Secretary, Everton McFarlane has revealed....

Published:Saturday | January 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government and Symbiote Investments Limited will have to endure a two-week wait on a judge's decision that could significantly shape the battle over the mobile telephone licence that the United States and other international partners want taken...

Published:Saturday | January 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Telecommunications company Digicel has said it has expedited a process to come up with a solution for the installation of mobile phone-jamming equipment in prisons, confirming a report that it was reprimanded by National Security Minister Robert...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The United States government, through its embassy here, has reportedly turned over 'hard evidence' to the Andrew Holness administration on why it should revoke the spectrum licence to Symbiote Investments Limited, the Jamaican company that wants to...

Published:Wednesday | January 4, 2017 | 12:52 AMJovan Johnson

Lawyers for embattled Symbiote Investments Limited, the company with Jamaica’s third cellular licence, are gearing up for round two tomorrow, in a battle with the Government to keep the licence that has brought United States pressure on...

Published:Tuesday | December 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The full scale has not been revealed, but telecommunications company FLOW is scrambling to explain to perhaps hundreds of customers why their telephone numbers and other data that have been private, in some cases for almost a quarter of a century,...

Published:Sunday | December 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica will not be joining a number of other regional states which have applied for visa-free travel to the so-called Schengen area made up of 26 member states of the European Union (EU).Responding to concerns from members of the private sector and...

Published:Saturday | December 17, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The wait for Jamaica to get an update from its Government on the United Kingdom's (UK) J$5.5 billion offer to help build a prison here will go into 2017 - a situation opposition senators have labelled "an unsatisfactory state of affairs".Lambert...

Published:Friday | December 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Delroy Williams, the new mayor of Kingston, has laid out a vision to lead Jamaica's capital since 1872 to 'mega-city' status in four years.But no sooner had he declared his intentions at yesterday's swearing-in than he had to put his gavel to use to...

Published:Thursday | December 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

In the final weeks of 2016, the Government has been trying to fulfil a promise to revive a parliamentary committee tasked with reviewing a variety of laws to punish more severely, perpetrators of violence against women and children.But not much is...

Published:Wednesday | December 14, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Seeking to stem further political fallout over the controversial $600-million bush-clearing programme, Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller held closed-door talks on repairing the relationship between the...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Local artistes and business leaders want the Government to urgently pursue the possibility of visa-free trips to Europe's Schengen countries, although the European Union's (EU) top diplomat in Jamaica has suggested that the timing might be...

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A disability fund and a specialised institution to offer skills training and certification to persons with disabilities have been endorsed by senators to help the disabled community with employment.The proposals came yesterday during a debate on...

Published:Thursday | December 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has issued a report suggesting that the Ministry of Finance and Public Service may have frustrated her office's efforts to assess the process to divestment of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT).In June, the...

Published:Wednesday | December 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

By about March next year, the Government should have a better look at how it will be able to strengthen the management and accountability of health institutions such as hospitals under a 10-year plan for the health sector, Health Minister Dr...

Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Fitz Jackson yesterday claimed the support of the majority of the People's National Party's (PNP) 31 parliamentarians for Peter Phillips' third run for the party's presidency.But Ian Hayles, a key backer of the other declared contestant, Peter...

Published:Monday | December 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Government Senator Aubyn Hill has said the up to $360 billion in pension funds in Jamaica should to be put to use to help with the economic development of Jamaica."We have to do significant changes to affect poor people's lives through the pension...

Published:Friday | December 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Aubyn Hill, who will pocket approximately $17 million over three years as the chief technical adviser to Audley Shaw, finance and public service minister, has said, most of his work with the government is voluntary and being done out of "love for...

Published:Friday | December 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A face-off is shaping up between Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Office of the Contractor General (OCG), the country's main anti-corruption body, over the administration's decision to grant Jamaica's third cellular licence to Symbiote...

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:27 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica's church lobby has forced the publishers of the 2017 Yellow Pages to produce an alternative version of the telephone directory because of an "...

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

She has not yet been sworn in to do the people's work, but already, residents of the Rae Town division in Kingston are being told by their Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) councillor-designate, Rosalie Hamilton, that she will not "mend" her relationship...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Dayton Campbell, the People's National Party (PNP) chairman for Region One, is questioning the focus on parishes he leads when other regions performed worse in Monday's local government elections.He said questions should also be asked of Ian Hayles...

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