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Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 7:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Petrojam and the Government gave up revenue totalling close to $300 million because of the decision taken by former general manager of the state-owned oil refinery, Floyd Grindley, to shave $2 off the ex-refinery price of gasolene products around...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Petrojam has confirmed that it saw no supporting documents for work to be undertaken when it disbursed a controversial $9-million donation to the Sydenham Citizens’ Association in St Catherine. By contrast, the state-owned oil refinery confirmed...

Published:Thursday | May 16, 2019 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) President Professor Fritz Pinnock yesterday insisted that the hiring of former St Ann North West Member of Parliament Othneil Lawrence as a $5.4 million-a-year adviser to the institution was above board. Further...

Published:Wednesday | May 15, 2019 | 12:28 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) director Lionel Myrie has pointed the finger at late Councillor Owen Palmer as the person who asked him to forward two requests for donations totalling just over $19 million to the state-owned oil refinery...

Published:Thursday | May 9, 2019 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Senior executives at Petrojam and permanent secretary in the energy ministry, Carol Palmer, were left stumped for answers after lawmakers questioned the decision by the state-owned oil refinery to pay a Canadian firm US$55,000, or about J$7 million...

Published:Wednesday | May 8, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Former boss Floyd Grindley was repeatedly warned by a subordinate about possibly breaching the Government’s procurement guidelines before he gave instructions for Petrojam to back out of $29.8-million contract with the National Works Agency (NWA)...

Published:Tuesday | May 7, 2019 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The parliamentary Opposition yesterday took veiled shots at the Integrity Commission, using words such as “odd” and “strange” to describe the corruption watchdog agency’s handling of the controversial Rooms on the Beach report. Further, Opposition...

Published:Wednesday | May 1, 2019 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

As the controversial pricing regime at the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam came into focus yesterday, Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was given an example of what seemed like the arbitrary adjustment of market prices by a former...

Published:Wednesday | April 24, 2019 | 12:32 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has raised concerns about the fall-off in recent years in the number of Jamaicans vaccinated against measles even as he sought to assure the country that no imported case of the disease has been recorded. In a...

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 12:35 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

An investigation by the Ministry of Labour has “validated” a complaint by the Jamaica Society of Industrial Security (JSIS) that just over a dozen private security companies are engaged in practices that short-change individual guards just over $5,...

Published:Thursday | April 18, 2019 | 12:19 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

JamaicaEye, the state-run network of surveillance cameras designed to monitor public spaces and help the police crack cases, is expected to become fully operational by September. Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang, who made the...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:29 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Less than a week after the Constitutional Court ordered that the National Identification and Registration Act (NIRA) be struck from the books, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has signalled his personal commitment to ensuring that his administration...

Published:Wednesday | April 17, 2019 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Moments after the Andrew Holness administration signalled that it was on the verge of rolling out its signature anti-crime measure – the zones of special operations (ZOSO) – in other communities, one opposition lawmaker pleaded for a section of his...

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Petrojam, the scandal-scarred state-owned oil refinery, has come clean about the status of its chief financial officer (CFO), Delroy Brown, disclosing yesterday that he was fired, rehired, then sent on ‘garden’, or indefinite, leave. Further,...

Published:Thursday | April 4, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Yet another figure has emerged as the total salary package for former Petrojam human resource manager Yolande Ramharrack. New documents presented to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament on Tuesday indicate that Ramharrack’s annual...

Published:Wednesday | April 3, 2019 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Lionel Myrie has been fingered as the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) director who submitted a sponsorship request to Petrojam from a reportedly unregistered citizens’ group that ended up with a $9-million donation being disbursed from the...

Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced plans by the National Housing Trust (NHT) to increase the limit for loans by $1 million, raise the ceiling for construction loans, while reducing interest rates for all contributors. He declared...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:31 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A People’s National Party (PNP) government led by Dr Peter Phillips would abolish the requirement for student loan guarantors. Phillips, the opposition leader and PNP president, committed yesterday that the repayment of student loans would only...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Member of Parliament for Central Manchester Peter Bunting yesterday invoked the state of public emergency (SOE) imposed in St James last year to illustrate his unease about a proposal by the police that the anti-gang law be amended to allow...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Opposition spokesman on Finance Mark Golding has ridiculed the Government’s $14-billion stimulus package, charging that it provides incentives mainly for the rich, but nothing for the “vast majority” of Jamaicans in inner-city communities scattered...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Nearly 300,000 vulnerable persons, including children and the elderly, are to see an average 16 per cent increase in their cash grants under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), starting June 1. Further, Finance...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Over three calendar years, starting in 2014, sixteen current and former lawmakers from the two main political parties were reported to the nation’s top prosecutor for failing to declare income, assets and liabilities within the required time,...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration has committed $1 billion for a “revolutionary” initiative, first announced during the last annual conference of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), that will target unattached young people, tenements or so-...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 3:05 PMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Government is projecting gross earnings of US$3.6 billion from the tourism industry in the upcoming fiscal year, which starts on April 1. Further, Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett says Jamaica expects to welcome a total of 4.58 million visitors...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A local charity group seeking to convince lawmakers to maintain the ban on abortion yesterday cited the story of an inner-city woman who tried three times to terminate her pregnancy without telling her spouse. In appealing to sentiment about...

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