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Published:Wednesday | October 13, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

With the Ministry of Education unable to account for how $124 million in taxpayers’ money was spent by the Cecil Cornwall-chaired Joint Committee on Tertiary Education (JCTE), Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has recommended that Portfolio...

Published:Monday | October 11, 2021 | 12:06 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Two pieces of legislation aimed at giving prosecutors the right of appeal in limited circumstances were passed without amendment in the Upper House on Friday amid strong dissenting voices, with at least one lawmaker registering his objection to the...

Published:Thursday | October 7, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

In a policy shift, Minister of National Security Dr Horace Chang has announced plans to revamp the Protective Services Division of the police force and to redeploy trained officers to the front line of crime fighting. In a statement to the House of...

Published:Thursday | October 7, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

In an unswerving defence of his stewardship, the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ chief accounting officer Dunstan Bryan declared on Wednesday that his officials and staff did not veer from the Government’s policy of administering the Pfizer...

Published:Wednesday | October 6, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

In the face of withering criticism of the Ministry of Health & Wellness’ policy to expand the dispensing of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine beyond children to adults, Permanent Secretary Dunstan Byran is expected...

Published:Wednesday | October 6, 2021 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

As the parliamentary Opposition joins a call from the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) for the central bank to rescind its one percentage-point increase in deposit interest rates, Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Governor Richard Byles...

Published:Thursday | September 30, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Integrity Commission has flagged three critical state agencies for instances in which goods and services procured were misclassified under the emergency contracting methodology. Kevon Stephenson, director of investigations at the Integrity...

Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has raised questions about a decision by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to slash subvention in half to Nutrition Products Limited (NPL) and divert funds to schools while retaining the entire...

Published:Tuesday | August 10, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Chairman Edmund Bartlett says lawmakers who sit on the Integrity Commission Oversight Committee (ICOC) will be called from their summer break to examine a backlog of annual reports tabled by the anti-corruption body. Bartlett told The Gleaner last...

Published:Thursday | July 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Members of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee were on Wednesday perplexed as to why the Dr Cecil Cornwall-led Western Hospitality Institute (WHI) received the lion’s share of funding for students pursuing occupational...

Published:Thursday | July 29, 2021 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information declared on Wednesday that they had not had oversight responsibility for the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET)...

Published:Wednesday | July 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Consultant psychiatrist and member of the Psychiatric Association of Jamaica, Dr Winston De La Haye, is endorsing a proposal in the Tobacco Control Act, 2020, which prohibits tobacco companies from awarding scholarships as part of their corporate...

Published:Wednesday | July 21, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has given the clearest signal that his administration was not afraid to go against the grain of culture and pass legislation to outlaw corporal punishment, which has been a decades-old mode of punishing children in...

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Government is fast-tracking plans to amend Section 24 of the Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA) that will bring an end to the practice of placing children deemed “uncontrollable” in penal institutions. Section 24 of the CCPA indicates that in...

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Shane Dalling, chief executive officer of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), sought on Tuesday to make a case before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that legal advice he received from private counsel justified his decision to enter...

Published:Thursday | July 1, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The annual scholarships provided by Carreras Limited to scores of Jamaicans may soon come to a halt if the Tobacco Control Act, 2020, is passed in its current form. Managing director of the company, Raoul Glynn, said that provisions in the proposed...

Published:Wednesday | June 23, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

After being subject to strict lockdowns since the onset of COVID-19 on Jamaica’s shores in March 2020, the entertainment and creative industries have been given breathing space to reopen, but not without a stern warning that adherence to the health...

Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis told members of a parliamentary oversight committee on Tuesday that she did not prepare reports on the basis of hearsay but on evidence. Her statement comes against the background of questions from St James...

Published:Wednesday | June 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Heroy Clarke, the member of parliament for St James Central, asked Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis on Tuesday to disclose her views on nepotism during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to review the appropriations accounts of the...

Published:Saturday | June 5, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

AS THIEVES continue to prey on local farmers, causing them great distress and frustration, the Government has signalled that steps are being made to amend two important pieces of legislation to increase the penalties for those who continue to...

Published:Thursday | June 3, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

With its critical role of assessing development projects to reduce the likelihood of disasters that can impact the economy and well-being of Jamaicans, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) was strongly criticised on...

Published:Thursday | June 3, 2021 | 12:06 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Director of investigation at the Integrity Commission, Kevon Stephenson, says the anti-corruption body has made significant strides in reducing the backlog of cases involving alleged acts of corruption in the public sector. In a Gleaner interview...

Published:Wednesday | June 2, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), Richard Pandohie, says the tweak in COVID-19 curfew hours is positive for commerce and will lead to a reduction in congestion as people carry out their business during the...

Published:Wednesday | June 2, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Weeks after ratcheting up pressure on the Government about perceived inequity in the domestic wedding market, planners on Tuesday welcomed the more than tripling of attendance quotas for June, a traditional high-traffic month for nuptials. Prime...

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The report of the Joint Select Committee reviewing the Sexual Harassment Bill is to be tabled in the House of Representatives, along with a raft of amendments, on June 8, the same day Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange is scheduled to make her...

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