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Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 9:46 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says the performance of Jamaica's education system was under par when he took over in 2012, and he is claiming that the People's National Party-formed government is bringing about major transformation in...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

More than a dozen of the homeless people removed from downtown Kingston ahead of last month's visit of United States President Barack Obama have been reintegrated with their families, says the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Angela Brown Burke. Some...

Published:Friday | May 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

A senior member of the governing People's National Party (PNP) has said parents who do not take responsibility for their children should not be considered good Comrades. Ronald Thwaites, the Member of Parliament for Central Kingston and...

Published:Tuesday | April 28, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Two Jamaican firms are among the entities that have been shortlisted to take over the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA).                                ...

Published:Tuesday | April 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

The Auditor General is reporting the National Housing Trust (NHT) has failed to realise any return on three major projects in the past five to 10 years that cost taxpayers more than $2 billion. According to the Auditor General, the NHT ...

Published:Wednesday | April 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Science minister Phillip Paulwell has announced that he intends to issue licences to the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology to undertake ganja research. Contributing to the Sectoral Debate in the House of...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Shahine Robinson,  the opposition spokesperson on tourism,  has blasted her government counterpart for not doing enough to grow the sector.  Speaking in the Sectoral Debate after McNeill made his presentation, Robinson said that the...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Cabinet has approved the establishment of a pension scheme for workers in the tourism sector. Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill says that a defined contribution scheme is to be setup for workers in the sector. Contributions are to be provided by...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

More than $54 billion has been invested in the tourist sector since 2012, Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill said today. McNeill said the investments in the sector represent part of a surge which he said will lead to the generation of thousands of...

Published:Tuesday | April 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) is currently undertaking a study on the effects that the opening up of Cuba could have on Jamaica's tourism market, particularly as it relates to visitors from the United States. Dr Wykeham McNeill, the minister...

Published:Thursday | April 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

United States President Barack Obama has vowed that his country will assist the Caribbean region with its energy security as a means of generating economic growth. "Often times people in the Caribbean, despite having less resources, are paying...

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

It was not quite the call for divine intervention,  but a Government Member of Parliament today made it clear, through prayers,  that Jamaica requires the guiding hands of Almighty.

Published:Tuesday | March 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica is seeking the permission of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to extend by one year, the target of reducing the public sector wage bill. The country had agreed with the IMF that the wage bill would be lowered to nine per cent of GDP by...

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