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Published:Monday | August 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

With electricity rates set to decline by 7.1 per cent this month, the Jamaica Manufacturers' Association (JMA) says it hopes that this will be part of an ongoing movement to lower light bills.JMA President Metry Seaga said yesterday that the...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The lush green Malvern hills in the distance is in stark contrast to parched lands at Red Bank, St Elizabeth. Almost everywhere, farmers are busy pouring water on their plants, which are, for the most part, fighting an uphill battle against a wicked...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The Government has revealed an intention to increase toll rates on the North-South Highway, at the Mount Rosser toll plaza, by as much as 80 per cent.The massive hike comes just over a month after increases to the toll rates for Highway 2000.If the...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

With seven former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) members lining up to join the People's National Party (PNP), one so-called turncoat has called for an end to divisive language used to categorise persons who have crossed political lines.Lloyd B. Smith,...

Published:Wednesday | August 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Arguing that the sentiment among many Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters that the leadership should forget about big donors who have seemingly abandoned the party is misplaced, parliamentary hopeful Dr St Aubyn Bartlett has challenged persons to...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

North West St Ann Member of Parliament, Dr Dayton Campbell, has dismissed as "raw and vulgar politics", assertions by the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Othneil Lawrence that he is dispensing expired medication under his free medical assistance...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

One of Jamaica's leading economists, Dr Damien King, is suggesting that the Government, as part of its tax reform, lift the burden of employment taxes and transfer them to consumption tariffs such as general consumption tax (GCT)."I would like to...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The National Heroes Park is a tale of two 'cities'. The southern end, where national figures including heroes and past leaders are buried, is well kept. It has well-manicured lawns, lush green trees, and even a few benches where people can relax....

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 4:14 PMDaraine Luton

Imagine climbing the hills stretching from the hot and dusty plains of Spanish Town, through the twists and turns that lead to Sligoville, all in a bid to be fêted with finger-licking delights atop one of St Catherine?s most famous great houses. The...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 5:35 PMDaraine Luton

When Jamaica gained independence from Britain in 1962, Prime Minister Alexander Bustamante told the nation that the mission at hand was for the construction of an equitable and just society."Independence means the opportunity for us to frame our own...

Published:Wednesday | August 5, 2015 | 7:32 PMDaraine Luton

Chairman of The Gleaner Company Oliver Clarke said yesterday that unfavourable local economic conditions are at the heart of the decision to merge the media business of The Gleaner with the Radio Jamaica Communications Group."You cannot provide...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

AMID HOWLS of criticism from the parliamentary Opposition that the Government has mortgaged the future of Jamaicans through an expensive PetroCaribe debt buy-back deal, Finance Minister Dr Peter Phillip says he will be using a press briefing to put...

Published:Tuesday | August 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is claiming that the Government in paying off the PetroCaribe debt is putting itself under a cash-flow threat. “What is of great concern to us is that in trying to manage down the cost of debt, and the stock...

Published:Sunday | August 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

The slow pace at which the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) has been providing medical certificates to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) is retarding the speed at which several investigations are taking place, and the oversight...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams declared yesterday that the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is committed to doing everything possible to reduce the wave of murders gripping the island.Williams, during a visit to The Gleaner's North Street...

Published:Tuesday | July 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Warren McDonald is alleging that political interference, cronyism, and special interest have stymied Jamaica's ability to grow and has called for a special regime to deal with the divestment of State...

Published:Thursday | July 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Describing as disastrous the decision of Caribbean leaders to accept a liquidity programme for growth sustainability facility from the powerful G20 in 2010, former Barbados prime minister, Owen Arthur, says that the region has been unable to draw...

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2015 | 4:22 PMDaraine Luton

PRIME MINISTER Portia Simpson Miller has dismissed a suggestion from her Opposition counterpart to appoint a czar with responsibility for growth, saying that the Cabinet is charged with doing that - bringing growth and development to the country."I...

Published:Thursday | July 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

SOME 400 jobs are to be created in Content Village, Clarendon, over the next year, during the construction phase of a 20 megawatt solar-energy plant.Robert Blenker, president and CEO of WRB Energy, which is undertaking the US$60-million project,...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Another key deliverable under Jamaica's four-year agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is making its way through the nation's Parliament.The House of Representative, yesterday, agreed for the Customs (Amendment) Act, to be sent to a...

Published:Wednesday | July 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Four years after the Supreme Court struck down amendments to the Bail Act, Jamaica is again toying with the idea of arresting people even without sufficient evidence, as part of a wider move to stem the rising tide of violent crimes."We also want to...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

It is almost a done deal. The House of Representatives has voted to delay local government elections, and by this Friday the Senate will be asked to consider the two bills that will see the due date for the polls being pushed from June 30,...

Published:Wednesday | July 1, 2015 | 3:23 PMDaraine Luton

THE GOVERNMENT'S chief spokesperson is insisting that embattled Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister Anthony Hylton is of value to the country, stating that he is working extremely hard to bring investment to the country.Sandrea Falconer, the...

Published:Tuesday | July 7, 2015 | 7:19 PMDaraine Luton

THE MICRO Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) sector has been singled out for special treatment in the Public Procurement Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives yesterday, allowing it to be the beneficiary of certain categories of...

Published:Monday | July 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

One of Jamaica's leading economists, Dr Damien King, says Greece is in chaos with a crumbling economy and an uncertain future, and that the 'no' vote in Sunday's referendum is not something that Jamaica can afford to follow.King, head of the...

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