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Published:Tuesday | October 20, 2020 | 12:14 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Urban Development Corporation (UDC) has declared that it has nothing to hide after the Auditor General’s Department (AuGD) halted an audit because of problems getting information. The UDC, the country’s main urban and rural development agency...

Published:Monday | October 19, 2020 | 7:22 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

A company which was being entertained by the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) as it selected another for a multibillion-dollar contract that was not tendered to provide 30 fire trucks has written to the Integrity Commission seeking its intervention. The...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:12 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica is experiencing an “epidemic wave” in coronavirus cases, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has confirmed, while warning the region to prepare for a “rapid resurgence” of the virus that’s killed more than one million people...

Published:Friday | October 2, 2020 | 12:14 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Holness administration is to “immediately improve” the tax write-off system to make it more transparent following a Sunday Gleaner report involving $4 billion wiped away since 2018, Finance and Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has said...

Published:Monday | September 21, 2020 | 12:14 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration says it cannot comment substantively until it gets the official written judgment of a Supreme Court ruling that has shaken a national- security establishment now dependent on states of emergency (SOEs) to help...

Published:Friday | September 4, 2020 | 7:22 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

In just a decade, Andrew Holness has achieved political glory in becoming the most powerful force in modern Jamaican politics, retiring some of his rival elders while humiliatingly condemning Jamaica’s oldest political party into an abyss with its...

Published:Thursday | September 3, 2020 | 12:23 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is on course for re-election today amid what is expected to be the country’s lowest voter turnout partly owing to the crippling effects of the coronavirus pandemic, pollster Don Anderson has calculated. The...

Published:Monday | August 31, 2020 | 12:20 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The National Housing Trust (NHT) and the Housing Agency of Jamaica (HAJ) may have to enter the ring to settle the political fight over the number of houses built in the last four years. The calls were triggered by Saturday’s national political...

Published:Monday | August 24, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Peter Bunting could be facing a rebellion in the traditional Comrade-leaning Bellefield division of the Manchester Central constituency, and the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) appears keen on exploiting every bit. Prime Minister and JLP Leader, Andrew...

Published:Saturday | August 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Shopkeeper Ackeen Williams plans to vote in the upcoming general election, but first wants to deliver a personal message to Prime Minister Andrew Holness who's touring sections of her Manchester Central constituency this afternoon....

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has declared that he does not regret calling a general election amid the latest coronavirus spike, arguing that the institutions of democracy cannot be allowed to fail. The polls are being held on September 3, six...

Published:Monday | August 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Phillip Henriques is making a second attempt to reach Gordon House, but this time, he believes that the ‘neglected’ people of Clarendon North Western will bring him across the line to end the People’s National Party...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to call the general election for the week before the new academic year starts on September 7. Party insiders say the likeliest dates are September 2 or 3 in the narrow window to avoid interrupting the...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2020 | 12:26 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Integrity Commission (IC) says Wayne Powell, one of its commissioners who is also a board member of Petrojam, has recused himself from “all” matters relating to the scandal-scarred state-owned oil refinery. The Integrity Commission is Jamaica’...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:29 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition legislator Victor Wright has now vowed silence on the latest land saga implicating him as new documents emerge suggesting he was not given an option to purchase a government property at Fontabelle Estate in Westmoreland. In a statement...

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2020 | 12:21 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The government entity that manages the country’s sugar lands said it did not know that the son of de facto Agriculture Minister J.C. Hutchinson was operating a business at Holland Estate in St Elizabeth. Sugar Company of Jamaica (SCJ) Holdings has...

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2020 | 12:28 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

J.C. Hutchinson, a de facto agriculture minister, urged an entity in his ministry to give possession of sugar lands at Holland Estate in St Elizabeth to a company in which his partner was a director and shareholder, according to leaked documents...

Published:Tuesday | July 14, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has ordered an audit of benefits given to farmers at the Holland Estate amid concerns about conflicts of interest involving some of its officials and the private company managing the state-owned...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2020 | 12:29 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Alleging a “poor track record” on corruption prosecution, Opposition leader, Dr Peter Phillips, has written to Governor General (GG) Sir Patrick Allen, objecting to the proposal to extend the tenure of Paula Llewellyn as director of public...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2020 | 12:33 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Lisa Hanna, a legislator and spokesperson for the Opposition People’s National Party’s (PNP) election campaign, has escaped criminal charges but has been slammed for nepotism and cronyism in the award of millions of dollars in contracts in St Ann...

Published:Monday | June 22, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

Imagine having to turn up to work every day to contend with an irrepressible faecal odour, sleeping with a cesspit under the same roof, and routinely having to run for cover from sewage overflow. That’s the miserable life for almost 30...

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2020 | 12:29 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness told the British high commissioner to Jamaica in August 2017 that his Government “would not take forward” the United Kingdom’s offer to help build a prison here, in the latest twist to the saga of who rejected the...

Published:Monday | June 8, 2020 | 12:29 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

In a new revelation, the Holness administration is claiming that the United Kingdom’s (UK’s) offer to help build a prison here was “rejected” by the Portia Simpson Miller-led government in 2016 and not the now-ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP)....

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

TOURISM LOBBYISTS are not easing up on the Government, saying they “expect” a final position by May 31 on the reopening of borders to incoming passengers, after Prime Minister Andrew Holness gave away little as he addressed the public five days...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:30 AMJovan Johnson/Senior Staff Reporter

THE HAUNTING tragedy of the Eventide Home fire 40 years ago today, which claimed the lives of at least 153 destitute and elderly women, still symbolises weaknesses in Jamaica’s care of citizens who can no longer do it for themselves, advocates have...

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