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Published:Tuesday | July 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has described as "bullying" the blacklisting and designation of some Caribbean countries as tax havens by the European Union (EU)."I believe it is bullying, at a minimum, and it's blackmail because the...

Published:Thursday | July 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

As drought conditions continue to impact at least three parishes across the country, Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie has announced a $30-million allocation to municipal corporations in selected parishes for the trucking of water to...

Published:Wednesday | July 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has given instructions for major policy changes to provide increased oversight of public bodies in the wake of a litany of breaches that occurred at the beleaguered state-run Petrojam.At the same time, in a dramatic...

Published:Tuesday | July 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Leader of the Opposition Dr Peter Phillips has signalled the likely withdrawal of bipartisan support for political, legislative and governance issues if Prime Minister Andrew Holness fails to relieve Science and Technology Minister Andrew Wheatley...

Published:Friday | July 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness wants the people across the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to feel the effects of the regional body during his tenure as chairman.Some of the ways, he said, in which the people of the region could feel the effects of...

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Seventeen members of the Upper House yesterday voted in support of extending the state of public emergency in the St Catherine North Police Division. While the resolution received the two-thirds majority backing for its passage, some legislators...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The political crisis in Venezuela and the current relationship between CARICOM and the South American country will not be discussed at the upcoming Heads of Government Conference in Montego Bay, St James, early next month.Senator Kamina Johnson...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Teams from the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA) and the new Integrity Commission yesterday swooped down on the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, confiscating documents and computers amid allegations of nepotism, corruption...

Published:Saturday | June 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is making it clear that the Government has not asked Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology Hillary Alexander to undertake an investigation at Petrojam.In a release yesterday, the...

Published:Friday | June 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Jayden Clarke was bubbling with excitement as he watched the proceedings at a ceremony to award students who registered exemplary performances in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) at the National Arena in Kingston yesterday.The young, bright...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has reported that the United States (US) has increased its cooperation and support in preventing the illegal flow of firearms from its shores into Jamaica.Earlier this month, The Gleaner reported that 70...

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Government senators yester-day shot down a proposal for civil society or rights groups to sit on the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency's (MOCA) oversight committee, which is to hold the director general and other officers of the...

Published:Saturday | June 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Members of the Upper House yesterday coalesced to decry the plastic nuisance causing serious environmental concerns in Jamaica and around the globe on World Oceans Day.Before the Senate embarked on the business of the day, Senate President Tom...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague said the Government is committed to saving the jobs of some 1,200 workers at the UC Rusal-owned Windalco plant in Ewarton, St Catherine.In a statement to the House of Representatives yesterday,...

Published:Friday | June 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Dean-Roy Bernard on Wednesday faced disgruntled members of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), who chided the ministry for not engaging the...

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

A comment about the hiring procedures and the recruitment of a slew of Generation 2000 (G2K) members at the Tourism Product Development Company Limited, which was directed to Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Jennifer Griffiths,...

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

While concerns have been raised about the nearly $9 million in travel expenditure for Delano Seiveright , senior communications strategist in the Ministry of Tourism, for a 15-month period spanning February 2017 to May 2018, the man at the centre of...

Published:Wednesday | June 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Following revelations of conflict of interest in a programme designed to provide emergency grants to the poorest Jamaicans, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security says it has increased its capacity to identify fraud."Since the audit, we have...

Published:Tuesday | June 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Transport Minister Robert Montague has said that as soon as the House of Representatives approves Senate amendments to the Road Traffic Act and the governor general gives his assent, the Government would be rolling out an extensive public-education...

Published:Friday | June 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) is urging the minister of finance and the public service to urgently facilitate the appointment of a fully qualified chairman of the board of the National Housing Trust (NHT).In a news release...

Published:Friday | June 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The United States Government has provided US$4.5 million (J$540m) to support a local initiative aimed at significantly denting the incidence of human trafficking, especially as it affects children in Jamaica.A Child Protection Compact Partnership...

Published:Friday | May 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans who are summoned to carry out their civic duties serving as jurors are said to be crippled by fear, leaving the justice sector scrambling to put together jury panels to try cases, particularly in rural Jamaica.Justice Minister Delroy Chuck...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has urged some public servants to desist from carrying out their duties in an unprofessional manner, citing the action of a police officer in 1995 who "negligently seized an aeroplane" and racked up judgment debts to...

Published:Monday | May 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

With a massive $26 billion owed by National Water Commission (NWC) customers, President Mark Barnett says the company is now in discussions with several entities that have expressed an interest in purchasing the outstanding receivables.Barnett told...

Published:Friday | May 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/ Senior Staff Reporter

The Ministry of National Security has said that it is working on a policy on how to treat, care, and house mentally ill persons who are incarcerated but who are unfit to plead.State Minister for National Security Rudyard Spencer told his...

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