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Published:Monday | November 28, 2016 | 12:01 AMJovan Johnson

Today's local government elections are not just about electing municipal councillors across Jamaica, but also serves as a 'referendum' on Portia Simpson Miller's leadership of the People's National Party (PNP), according to political commentators....

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has written to Prime Minister Andrew Holness demanding information on a contentious $600-million bush-clearing work programme which the People's National Party (PNP) claims is being used to buy support for...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

On election night, one of the divisions that the eyes of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP) will be fixed on is Kintyre, which will be crucial to controlling the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation.The residents know...

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The twin problems of water shortage and bad roads still stalk Macca Tree district in the Ginger Ridge division of the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.But with politicians now hustling to get their votes for the local government polls later this...

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Less than a third (32 per cent) of adult Jamaicans say they have health insurance, but more than half of these (53 per cent) have coverage only because they are part of workplace schemes. Forty-five per cent of the people with insurance are in...

Published:Friday | November 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Keith Duncan, chief executive officer of the Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB) Group, is expected to replace Richard Byles as co-chair of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee (EPOC).Byles, the president and chief executive officer of Sagicor...

Published:Wednesday | November 16, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The entire structure of Jamaica's police force is to be overhauled next year if the Government follows through with a commitment to replace the law that governs the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).Documents released bythe International MonetaryFund...

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

One of the country's major unions, the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), is raising questions about the role of Jamaica's logistics efforts in the plans of the Economic Growth Council (EGC)."The areas that we see them focusing on, we do...

Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Youth leader Keadar Sharpe has used the convening of the National Youth Parliament for the first time in seven years to demand that the Government provide structured psychosocial care to children in schools to curb crime and violence."This noble...

Published:Thursday | November 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

For now, the main anti-corruption body, the Office of the Contractor General (OCG), will not be called to probe whether the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) administration has been facilitating the partisan distribution of millions of dollars worth of...

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

A parliamentary committee has rejected an opposition member of parliament's request to have taxpayers fund the refreshments for guests at ceremonies for a $1-million sporting competition.Dwayne Vaz, the Westmoreland Central representative, had...

Published:Wednesday | November 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

The Government could use its one-seat majority in the House of Representatives to approve legislation that would split Portmore from the St Catherine Municipal Corporation.If successful in Parliament, separation would make it advantageous for the...

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

At least one local environmentalist has hit back at Sally Porteous, custos of Manchester, over her arguments urging the Government's authorisation of a coal plant for...

Published:Tuesday | November 8, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Scrap the municipal police and hand over their work, which includes enforcing law and order in markets, to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), former local government minister Arnold Bertram has said."In a country that cannot train and equip police...

Published:Monday | November 7, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Reports that there are more than 400,000 cases in backlog in Jamaica's court system are inaccurate and misleading, Mark Golding, the opposition spokesman on justice, has argued.According to Golding, there are fewer than 50,000 cases in backlog, a...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2016 | 12:27 AMJovan Johnson

Member of Parliament for St Andrew South East, Julian Robinson, is urging the Government to continue the National Unattached Youth Programme, which started under the previous administration...

Published:Saturday | November 5, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Shocked at the death of a third public school teacher in a month, the "extremely concerned" Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) is warning members not to overwork themselves, while calling for the Government to find ways to reduce the "high stress...

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Regulations have been approved that will give some banks the power to appoint agents such as supermarkets or hardware stores to carry out some banking services.The approval by the House of Representatives on Wednesday came in a debate that saw...

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

When Terrence Williams yesterday opposed the suggestion that a mediator look into concerns between the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), he was quickly shut down by Manchester North Western...

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Enraged parliamentarians are demanding that the Government find the resources to immediately remove from Jamaica's maximum security prisons 127 mentally ill inmates languishing in custody and unfit to plead.Yesterday, members of Parliament's Public...

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Jamaica's economic growth projections for the fiscal year stand to be revised upwards over the strongest growth in a single quarter in 14 years.Stakeholders, including the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), say they are not surprised and...

Published:Monday | October 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Caribbean nations need approximately US$5.5 billion over the next 10 years to address water and sanitation issues, a figure that adds support to the growing calls in the region for more public-private partnerships (PPP) or even full privatisation of...

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Montego Bay, St James:Declaring that she's a socialist when it comes to critical resources, Kathleen Riviere-Smith, a former head of the utility regulation authority in The Bahamas, believes Caribbean governments must keep control of water while...

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Caribbean utility regulators have been warned not to allow "too much" experimentation in energy-efficiency technologies to reduce the likelihood of disastrous consequences.Dan Potash, the chief of party for the United States Agency for International...

Published:Friday | October 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

One of the region's largest telecommunications players, Digicel, is knocking Caribbean governments for using what it says is a legislative-driven approach to affirm commitments to net neutrality rather than using thorough research-driven policy.Net...

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