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Stories by Livern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Justice ministry has delivered a scathing indictment of the system used by the police to record traffic tickets issued to motorists, revealing publicly that there are "deficits in the accuracy and adequacy" of information sent to the courts,...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Amid calls by the parliamentary Opposition for the Government to reconsider its decision, the special legislation being crafted to sanction the decision by the Andrew Holness administration to retake Venezuela's stake in Jamaica's state-owned oil...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

It would cost approximately $8 billion to carry out the maintenance work needed on nearly 70 per cent of the nation's secondary roadways, an assessment conducted by the National Works Agency (NWA) has revealed.Executive Director of the NWA E.G....

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration has allocated an additional $1.5 billion for the maintenance of secondary roadways for the current fiscal year.Further, the Government has increased, by$1 billion, the budgetary allocation for what it described as...

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The House of Representatives could be the venue for high drama today, as the two main political parties trade accusations over a scheduled meeting of the Internal and External Affairs Committee (IEAC) of Parliament.The meeting, which is set to begin...

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

One Government senator has joined the call for the Andrew Holness administration to publicly name the companies that got contracts from the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, that were found to be in breach of government procurement rules.Further,...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:56 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Auditors at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), the parent company for Petrojam, have revealed that they were prevented from carrying out an audit at the state-owned oil refinery by the previous management. Group internal auditor at PCJ,...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The parliamentary Opposition has given the Andrew Holness administration a deadline of mid-January to ensure that the findings of a comprehensive audit of the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam are examined by the Public Accounts Committee of...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Auditor General's Department (AGD) has provided details of the two "surprise" parties, held three months apart, for then energy minister Dr Andrew Wheatley, and Perceval Bahado-Singh, former chairman of Petrojam, which cost taxpayers over $2.5...

Published:Saturday | December 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A Government Senator charged yesterday that "prominent people in our political space" are providing support for gangsters before sounding an ominous warning."At a later date and at an appropriate time, this country will be given more details about...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Veteran criminal defence attorney Patrick Atkinsonhas rubbished a recommendation by the nation's chief prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn,, that the law be amended to allow her office to utilise, during a criminal trial, statements given to the police by a...

Published:Saturday | November 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The decision of the Senate to delay passage of the new road traffic legislation amid concerns raised by public transportation operators is a sign of Jamaica's maturing democracy, Government Senator Ruel Reid has asserted.The Road Traffic Act 2018...

Published:Thursday | November 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Office of the Public Defender (OPD) has asserted that the police are operating in breach of the regulations governing the ongoing state of public emergency in St James with "deficient" record-keeping for detainees and warns that this could...

Published:Wednesday | November 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Lawmakers yesterday levelled damning criticisms at the police, declaring that "too often" citizens are being charged with criminal offences without any investigation.The disapproval came after the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) proposed to a...

Published:Thursday | November 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The passage of the Road Traffic Act 2018 in Parliament on Tuesday brought some measure of relief for Dr Lucien Jones, vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC)."Thank God!" Jones said yesterday.However, he quickly cautioned that the...

Published:Wednesday | November 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Nearly $1 billion has been allocated to all members of parliament (MPs) for enhancement work in their constituencies, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sought to assure taxpayers that this will not be the usual 'bollo work' traditionally doled...

Published:Monday | November 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

First-time lawmaker Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn has admitted that she sometimes gets bored listening to debates in Parliament.Cuthbert-Flynn, the former star athlete-turned-politician, asserted, too, that not enough legislation is being passed and...

Published:Friday | November 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The parliamentary committee tasked with monitoring public expenditure has proposed that Cabinet and the finance ministry develop clear guidelines that set out the positions and circumstances under which persons convicted of criminal offences can be...

Published:Wednesday | November 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Jamaica's parliamentary Opposition has sought answers from the Andrew Holness administration about whether the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam is owed more than J$380 million by a Greek fuel-trading company that filed for bankruptcy protection in...

Published:Wednesday | October 31, 2018 | 12:06 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration has made it clear that Jamaica will not support any changes to a United Nations (UN) draft resolution, to be voted on today, that condemns the decades-old economic embargo imposed on Cuba by the United States (US...

Published:Wednesday | October 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

With lawmakers failing for more than four decades to implement proposed changes to legislation that outlaws abortion in Jamaica, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has suggested that the hot-button issue now requires “urgent consideration...

Published:Saturday | October 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Government Senator Kerensia Morrison has urged Jamaicans overseas to help stem the murder rate in their homeland by stopping the shipping of guns into the country."Send us opportunities. Send us the school fees. Send the lunch money. Send the money...

Published:Saturday | September 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A Government senator yesterday stopped short of suggesting that more "ordinary" Jamaicans be allowed to obtain licensed firearms.Kerensia Morrison, who was speaking in the Senate, said that "maybe the time has come" to consider giving "regular,...

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