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Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2020 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

If government ministers are involved in corruption, they will be obliged to resign immediately and Jamaicans who cannot explain how they accumulate wealth could lose their assets to the State. These form part of decisions taken by stakeholders on...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaican public is “hungry” to see top-ranking government officials pay the consequences for alleged acts of corruption in the public sector, says Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, outgoing head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Jamaica...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

More than 50 per cent of Jamaicans say that their standard of living has been adversely affected since the onset of COVID-19 in March. A survey carried out by Don Anderson, executive chairman of Market Research Services Limited, revealed that 56...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2020 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

As the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to strike at the heart of the global economy, a key source of grants to Jamaica has signalled that its funding of local projects will not be halted or reduced. Malgorzata Wasilewska,...

Published:Monday | July 27, 2020 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The timing of the announcement of the blacklisting of Jamaica and other African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states was unfortunate, Malgorzata Wasilewska, the outgoing European Union (EU) ambassador, has said. In a Gleaner interview at the end of...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Newly installed director of Information and Complaints at the Integrity Commission Craig Beresford has said the oversight body will be using the requisite tools contained in the law to ensure full and accurate compliance in relation to the...

Published:Friday | July 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

An agitated Dr Christopher Tufton, Jamaica’s minister of health and wellness, went on the offensive on Thursday evening when he bluntly told a reporter who asked if he cheated on his wife that it was “none of your business”. “I would prefer you...

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2020 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Seymour Panton, says that prosecutions are likely to follow from the two Petrojam reports that were tabled at the end of June in Parliament. Asked to comment on former energy minister Andrew Wheatley’s move to...

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2020 | 12:33 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

“Unshakeable!” That’s how retired justice Seymour Panton described his stance in relation to parliamentarians who are used by individuals as a vehicle to distribute scarce benefits to their constituents. Panton, a former president of the Court of...

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Chairman of the Integrity Commission, retired Justice Seymour Panton, has slammed lawmakers for passing a statute that gives no clear directive to commissioners of the anti-corruption oversight body in relation to the filing of their statutory...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2020 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Integrity Commission Oversight Committee (ICOC) of Parliament could be on a collision course with Integrity Commission Chairman retired Justice Seymour Panton for statements the latter made in the body’s second annual report, chiding...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Despite adverse findings against Dr Andrew Wheatley by the director of investigation at the Integrity Commission, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hinted that he would not rule out appointing the embattled former energy minister in a future...

Published:Thursday | July 2, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown has written to the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) regarding allegations that public officials aligned to the party are actively involved in representational politics in breach of the Code of Conduct and...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2020 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness is facing a tough decision on whether to name a key loyalist, the scandal-scarred Dr Andrew Wheatley, among his ruling party’s slate of prospective candidates in the next general election. The embattled former energy...

Published:Friday | June 19, 2020 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

UNITED STATES Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia says that Washington has steered clear of any involvement with the prison system in Jamaica, signalling that it would not provide funding to construct correctional centres locally. Asked if the US...

Published:Thursday | June 18, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

While acknowledging that American George Floyd’s name will go down in history, United States Ambassador Donald Tapia has cautioned that the man whose life was snuffed out under a policeman’s knee should not be martyred. Addressing a Gleaner...

Published:Wednesday | June 10, 2020 | 1:07 PMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

THE URBAN Development Corporation (UDC) has received nearly $1 billion in the revised budget to refund Puerto Caribe Properties Limited, a subsidiary of Palace Resorts, after the company pulled out of a sale agreement for Rooms on the Beach...

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

THERE IS now no dispute over the leadership of the 81-year-old People’s National Party (PNP), declared Mark Golding, the St Andrew South member of parliament, who, along with 14 of his parliamentary colleagues, signed a letter recently demanding a...

Published:Tuesday | June 2, 2020 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

As the work-from-home order expired on May 31 and employees returned to physical workplaces on Monday, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation (MEGJC), Audrey Sewell, said that things got off to a smooth start at her...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The front-line anti-corruption team is now in place, with one exception. The director of information and complaints has been identified and is now awaiting appointment, retired Justice Seymour Panton, chairman of the Integrity Commission, has said...

Published:Friday | May 22, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) has sided with the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) in a long-standing dispute with the Bustamante Industrial Trade Union (BITU) over a change in the bank’s vacation leave policy, over which the union has expressed...

Published:Wednesday | May 20, 2020 | 12:34 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN on Health Dr Morais Guy is warning the Holness administration not to be lulled into a false sense of security, like the Russians, who appeared to be managing COVID-19 well until they discovered thousands of related deaths that...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

HEALTH AND Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has made an impassioned plea for the more than 1,000 ship workers who arrive into the country today to ensure that they act responsibly and conform to the home quarantine guidelines. At high noon,...

Published:Tuesday | May 19, 2020 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

MONTHS AFTER the country slipped on the global Corruption Perception Index, newly appointed executive director of the Integrity Commission, Greg Christie, yesterday signalled that he is ready to hit the ground running, as the oversight body...

Published:Thursday | May 14, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Government has come under fire for perceived excessively long coronavirus containment measures that have damaged the economy, haemorrhaging hundreds of thousands of jobs and blowing an $81-billion revenue hole in the 2020-2021 Budget. Financial...

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