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Published:Friday | February 26, 2021 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Dr Keith Rowley-chaired Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will write to the Biden administration in a matter of days appealing to Washington to share with states within the region supplies of COVID-19 vaccines. Rowley, who is also prime minister...

Published:Monday | February 22, 2021 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Greta Bogues, 62, a stalwart in corporate governance, is dead. Members of the combined private-sector bodies are struggling to come to grips with the sudden passing on Sunday of a woman described as a servant to Jamaica and a “treasure”. Officials...

Published:Tuesday | February 9, 2021 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Rank-and-file police personnel are requesting the provision of non-lethal weapons to manage explosive face-offs with mentally ill persons who are armed and dangerous, and which often have fatal consequences. Chairman of the Police Federation,...

Published:Monday | February 8, 2021 | 1:16 PMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The idea of putting minors behind bars is supposed to, largely, be about rehabilitation, but a Gleaner story on the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) report on the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correction Centre paints a picture that makes...

Published:Saturday | February 6, 2021 | 1:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The leading private-sector groups in Jamaica are getting ready to lead a strong lobby of the Government to craft and promulgate legislation similar to the United Kingdom’s 2010 Bribery Act as part of efforts to reduce or eliminate corruption in the...

Published:Friday | February 5, 2021 | 12:14 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The reputed ‘jail block’, where wards at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre are sent for punishment, even being stripped to their underwear, should immediately be scrapped, a watchdog agency has said. Addressing a press conference on...

Published:Thursday | February 4, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

A culture of victimisation has been reportedly cultivated at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre, with officers charged with the supervision of minors subjecting them to human-rights abuse for trifling misdemeanours. The post-mortem from a...

Published:Monday | January 25, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Registrar and administrative vice-president of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), Dr Mark Broomfield, has filed a notice of application for leave for judicial review in the Supreme Court challenging the decision by the university to advertise...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Nearly two decades after some members of the Office of the Political Ombudsman (OPO) were hired by the commission of Parliament, the workers have not received gratuity due to them. The issue was highlighted in the 2018 annual report of the Office...

Published:Tuesday | January 19, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Office of the Political Ombudsman (OPO) is pushing for increased powers to allow the commission of Parliament to submit reports to the director of public prosecutions (DPP) for rulings on breaches such as vote-buying. For years, many political...

Published:Friday | January 15, 2021 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

After failing to account for oil amounting to $5.2 billion over a five-year period, Petrojam Limited, the state-owned oil refinery, has implemented new initiatives to reduce oil losses. In her 2018 special audit of Petrojam, Auditor General Pamela...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:21 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Auditor General’s Department has warned the management of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) that action may be taken against responsible officers for paying out more than $8 million in termination benefits, in excess of the amount due, to...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2021 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Accountant General’s Department (AcGD) has come under the microscope of the country’s chief guardian of public expenditure for paying out millions to pensioners up to seven months after they have died. Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis stated...

Published:Thursday | January 7, 2021 | 12:31 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna has said that for many who have followed United States politics for decades, yesterday’s development in Washington was disturbing on a number of fronts, particularly against the background of...

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2020 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The massive impact of COVID-19 on government revenue this fiscal year has seemingly tempered the expectations of trade unions as the new round of public-sector wage talks draws closer. However, two senior trade unionists are eager to see the...

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2020 | 12:06 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Seventeen-year-old Kimberly Cross, a Jamaican now attending East Orange Campus High School in New Jersey, United States, has made history by being the first student from the institution to be accepted to an Ivy League university. Cross received a...

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Far-reaching provisions have been crafted in the Tobacco Control Act, 2020, that will bar public servants from investing in the tobacco industry and also prohibit them from operating a tobacco manufacturing, wholesale, retail or import business....

Published:Wednesday | December 23, 2020 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Professor Peter Figueroa, one of Jamaica’s leading epidemiologists, said that if visitors from the United Kingdom (UK) to Jamaica in the last few weeks were observing strict quarantine measures, the risk of transmission of a new variant of...

Published:Friday | December 18, 2020 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s ranking on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) poses a barrier to the Audley Shaw-led Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce’s efforts to woo foreign direct investment to the country, a global quality...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2020 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

While credit- and debit-card fraud remains the most prevalent financial crimes committed locally, the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is reporting that females and millennials are disproportionately targeted by the fraudsters. Major Keron Burrell, head of...

Published:Friday | December 4, 2020 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica is among 117 countries that have failed to reach the minimum threshold for adequate Budget public participation, transparency, oversight, according to an Open Budget Survey (OBS) in 2019. The revelation was made on Wednesday at a forum...

Published:Thursday | December 3, 2020 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

As lawmakers review a bill to address the vexed issue of sexual harassment at the workplace, a trade union expert is suggesting the establishment of a social movement locally to succour victims. “There is a need for the equivalent of a Me Too...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:06 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

While disagreeing that the exercise of ministerial power to override decisions of the state environmental regulator casts a shadow over officials’ integrity, Pearnel Charles Jr said that there may be cause to reopen the debate on having an...

Published:Tuesday | December 1, 2020 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Despite projections that Jamaica’s economy is set to decline by up to 10 per cent for the current fiscal year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Andrew Holness administration has no immediate plans to adjust its target of rolling out 70,000...

Published:Monday | November 30, 2020 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With the country’s key environmental regulatory body falling outside of his immediate control as minister with responsibility for the environment, Pearnel Charles Jr said he is not perturbed by the arrangement. Charles, who is minister of housing,...

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