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Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 1:31 PMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The cost for work permits is to go up by 15 per cent. Further, Labour Minister Shahine Robinson says work permit fees will be standardised across all sectors. "That is the differential fees currently charged by sectors will be eliminated,...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:05 PMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is hoping to occupy its new headquarters in downtown Kingston by June this year. However, Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith says the costs of the relocation could "not be fully...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 12:49 PMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Auditor General's Department (AGD) is to be audited, Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has revealed. The disclosure was made this morning as the Standing Finance Committee of Parliament began combing through the Estimates of Expenditure for...

Published:Thursday | December 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A parliamentary committee has recommended that it should be a criminal offence for individuals to "knowingly" infect a partner with a sexually transmitted infection (STI).Further, the panel has suggested that the offence of stalking be added to the...

Published:Thursday | December 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Someone should be held criminally responsible for two of the more damning findings unearthed by a comprehensive audit of the state-run oil refinery Petrojam and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, private sector leaders charged yesterday.Further,...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:58 PMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

There are indications that the board of directors of the state-owned Universal Service Fund (USF) bypassed a number of candidates with a master's degree when it hired Suzette (Camille) Buchanan to head the agency. The USF acknowledged, in a...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 10:53 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

It took more than four years, but the overhaul of Jamaica’s road safety legislation has finally received parliamentary approval.   The Road Traffic Act 2018 was passed in the House of Representatives late yesterday, replacing the 80-year...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 3:18 PMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Government Senator Dr Saphire Longmore says 7,348 new cases of cancer have been diagnosed in Jamaica since the start of the year. The most common cases, according to Longmore - a breast cancer survivor - are prostate, breast, colon, lung, uterine,...

Published:Tuesday | November 6, 2018 | 4:31 PMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Minister for Gender Affairs Olivia 'Babsy' Grange says the process of creating the first state-run national shelter for women who need to leave abusive environments is well advanced. Grange made the announcement in a statement to Parliament...

Published:Saturday | October 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

One Government senator appeared to suggest yesterday that Jamaica was not moving fast enough to take advantage of the global boom in medicinal marijuana.But while pushing for local authorities to move faster to enable Jamaica to cash in on the "...

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Residents of Allman Town and adjacent communities in central Kingston who are worried about possible dislocation because of the proposed construction of a new Parliament building at the National Heroes Park are being given assurances by the...

Published:Thursday | September 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/ Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Israeli cybersecurity specialists were among a number of experts who advised the Jamaican Government about key aspects of the proposed structure that will govern Jamaica's National Identification System (NIDS).Warren Vernon, programme director for...

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