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Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

With the gun being the chief instrument in homicides in Jamaica, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says the Government intends to update legislation governing the circulation and use of firearms before year end. The announcement comes as...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2020 | 12:21 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Ministry of Health and Wellness says it could not find a copy of a critical evaluation document it sent to the National Contracts Commission (NCC) for its approval of the Market Me Consulting Limited Jamaica Moves contract. The document could...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A marine student from the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) was among those assigned to provide close-protection services for then education minister Ruel Reid, even though the student had no special training in security. The CMU student,...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Efforts by the Pamela Monroe Ellis-led Auditor General’s Department (AuGD) to get critical information from the Joint Committee on Tertiary Education’s (JCTE) sponsorship of a party or dinner for former permanent secretary Dean-Roy Bernard continue...

Published:Wednesday | July 29, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

After four years of an arduous but fulfilling tour of duty, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, the outgoing European Union (EU) head of delegation to Jamaica, has described her posting as “fantastic”. “We have been extremely lucky to have enjoyed...

Published:Friday | July 24, 2020 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Peter Thompson, the chief executive officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), has defended his management’s technical competence in the selection of farm roads for repairs despite claims from his boss, Chairman Nigel Myrie,...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:29 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Greg Christie-led Integrity Commission is moving swiftly to strengthen its capacity to move against corruption in the public sector by forging alliances with other major anti-corruption bodies. While addressing the Integrity Commission...

Published:Wednesday | July 22, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Nearly a decade ago, Greg Christie, in his then capacity of contractor general, made a far-reaching recommendation in the 2011 annual report of the Office of the Contractor General for the “illegitimate abuse of the ‘Government’s emergency...

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2020 | 12:21 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) heard conflicting accounts on Wednesday that Prime Minister Andrew Holness offered “no objection” to the controversial sale of a beach property in Ocho Rios, St Ann, for US$200,000 when...

Published:Wednesday | July 15, 2020 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Strenuous attempts by Dr Grace McLean to justify the spending of more than $400,000 in 2018 to stage a surprise birthday party for Fritz Pinnock, the former president of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), were rejected on Tuesday by the hard-...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

PRIME MINISTER Andrew Holness has pushed back at suggestions that he has demonstrated dictatorial tendencies in his leadership. Debating an extension of the states of emergency in the Kingston Western and Central police divisions yesterday, newly...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2020 | 12:24 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

THE POVERTY rate declined by 40 per cent to 12.6 per cent in 2018, representing the lowest percentage recorded in 10 years, Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke announced in Parliament on Tuesday. But while acknowledging the...

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2020 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A MAJOR discrepancy was unearthed by the Auditor General’s Department (AuGD) in one component of the Government’s COVID-19 Allocation of Resources for Employees (CARE) programme with more than 700 people appearing on the May list for payment,...

Published:Wednesday | June 17, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

BEMOANING THE exorbitant sum spent by the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) to acquire laptops and other equipment, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Mark Golding questioned whether two Samsung tablets purchased at a price of $436,024 “...

Published:Thursday | June 4, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) has called on the Integrity Commission or any other appropriate state body to investigate the $46-million contract awarded to Rahim Cleaning and Trucking Limited to carry out cleaning...

Published:Wednesday | June 3, 2020 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

PROJECT MANAGER at the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Elaine Hayden, told a parliamentary oversight committee on Tuesday that her reputation would “take a beating” after admitting that she had no evidence to substantiate that there was a...

Published:Thursday | May 28, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Legislation to amend the fiscal responsibility law was passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday without amendment but not before a lengthy and contentious debate over the route taken by the Government and the short notice given to the...

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2020 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

FOLLOWING ADMISSION from the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) that glaring procurement and other breaches were committed at the institution, members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) want to know what action, if any, will be taken by state...

Published:Thursday | May 21, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

St Andrew South Member of Parliament Mark Golding has proposed that the Government introduce a threshold to exempt micro businesses and small non-governmental organisations such as churches from the Data Protection Act. With the passage of the...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

DEBATE ON a motion to rename the Ferris Cross to Mackfield road in Westmoreland after Jamaica’s first native governor general, the late Sir Clifford Campbell, was not without ­controversy yesterday, after some opposition lawmakers suggested that...

Published:Wednesday | May 13, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

NEARLY THREE years after the then Office of the Contractor General (OCG) launched a probe into alleged irregularities into the issuing of permits by the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), an opposition lawmaker is raising questions about the status...

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2020 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN on Finance Mark Golding says the committee announced by Prime Minister Andrew Holness on Monday to chart the Jamaican economy’s rescue from the COVID-19 fallout was not sufficiently broad-based because it excluded the...

Published:Thursday | April 23, 2020 | 12:06 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Painting a worrying picture of many Jamaicans struggling to stave off the pangs of hunger from the COVID-19 economic fallout, opposition lawmaker Phillip Paulwell is urging the Government to double the $10.6-billion aid package. Paulwell argued...

Published:Wednesday | April 8, 2020 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A risk analysis study commissioned by the Cabinet and spearheaded by Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr, director of the Mona Geoinformatics Institute at The University of the West Indies, has found that more than 40 communities in the Kingston Metropolitan...

Published:Monday | April 6, 2020 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

There were tense moments on Thursday during a meeting of a Special Select Committee of Parliament discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the country after Horace Dalley pressed the Government to carry out more tests on symptomatic persons. Dalley...

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