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Published:Monday | September 11, 2023 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Former National Security Minister Peter Bunting says the non-disclosure of the names of the six parliamentarians who are being investigated by the Integrity Commission (IC) for illicit enrichment could have a chilling effect on information sharing...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2023 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

FIVE MONTHS after missing its second target of March 2023 to complete data collection for the population census, the head of the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) says the agency will not be revealing a new deadline at this time. STATIN...

Published:Tuesday | August 15, 2023 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has cautioned against “speculations” about the “nature of the illicit enrichment” for which six members of the Lower House are being investigated by the Integrity Commission (IC). In a Gleaner interview on Monday,...

Published:Saturday | August 12, 2023 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Revelations this week by the Integrity Commission (IC) that the six parliamentarians being probed for illicit enrichment have been notified of the investigations have again placed the spotlight on the so-called gag clause. Jeanette Calder,...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2023 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

IT WAS a matter that felt like life or death. Kenneth Myrie’s health was declining rapidly and he wanted a copy of his medical records dating back to 2004 to determine what type of medical procedure was carried out on him at the Kingston Public...

Published:Friday | June 2, 2023 | 1:43 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

A PARLIAMENTARY committee reviewing the Integrity Commission Act, 2017, yesterday delayed its decision on whether to accept a recommendation to remove the auditor general from the list of commissioners of the single anti-corruption body....

Published:Wednesday | May 31, 2023 | 1:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

FORMER JAMAICA Civil Service Association (JCSA) boss, O’Neil Grant, says his most significant achievement as president was the union’s work with the Government to retain hundreds of public sector jobs. This, they did, by forgoing wage increases in...

Published:Tuesday | May 30, 2023 | 1:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

O’NEIL GRANT, immediate past president of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), says that there could be an exodus of talent from executive agencies to central Government, owing to the competitive rates of salaries now being paid by the...

Published:Sunday | May 21, 2023 | 1:54 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Persons who modify, access, intercept, obstruct, interrupt or impair the computers, program, data or communications system of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) without authorisation under the Cybercrimes Act could find themselves in trouble with the...

Published:Friday | May 19, 2023 | 1:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

TWO POWERFUL private-sector bodies have called for urgent steps to be taken by the Government to pass a bill before Parliament that provides for the impeachment of parliamentarians found to be involved in corrupt practices and running afoul of the...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2023 | 1:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

ECONOMIST AND financial analyst Dr Adrian Stokes has argued that the material increase in the cost of the public bureaucracy to Jamaicans has come without a commensurate guarantee of improved productivity. “This is a problem for a country that has...

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2023 | 1:50 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

WHILE PRAISING Jamaica for stepping forward and leading a process to bring about a political solution to the crisis in Haiti, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has again made a strong appeal for a robust international police...

Published:Tuesday | May 16, 2023 | 1:43 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

UNITED NATIONS (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has described as “absolutely regrettable” the unfulfilled promises by developed countries to provide US$100 billion annually since 2020, in support of developing countries impacted by climate...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2023 | 1:48 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The severe problem of electricity theft in Jamaica, which has caused legal paying customers of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) to dig deeper into their pockets to defray the cost of those accessing power free of cost, could be reduced...

Published:Wednesday | May 10, 2023 | 12:58 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

FOLLOWING A flood of condemnation for an incident in which a female journalist was threatened with rape, and the same reporter and another media colleague castigated for wearing green at the People’s National Party’s (PNP) headquarters on Monday...

Published:Tuesday | May 9, 2023 | 1:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has signalled that it is taking steps this year to have members of the army who work alongside the police during operations to be outfitted with body-worn cameras. This comes against the backdrop of the acquisition...

Published:Friday | April 28, 2023 | 1:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

A proposed amendment to the Child Care and Protection Act, which prescribes a term of not less than 20 years before a minor found guilty of committing murder becomes eligible for parole, is being described as “absolute madness” by one rights group...

Published:Saturday | April 22, 2023 | 1:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Five years after Cabinet gave approval for the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) to carry out the regulatory functions previously discharged by the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), the Senate passed legislation on Friday to give...

Published:Friday | April 7, 2023 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The leadership of the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) is peeved that up to Thursday, several public school educators had not received their March salaries which were due three weeks ago. Traditionally, teachers are paid early salaries in March,...

Published:Wednesday | April 5, 2023 | 12:06 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Public Sevice Company (JPS) and the National Works Agency (NWA) are yet to iron out the details of the handover of street lights along 15 corridors inspite of a sign-off by the Holness Cabinet. For years, darkness has prevailed along...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2023 | 1:29 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Lawmaker Everald Warmington has proposed sweeping changes to the Integrity Commission Act that would overhaul the anti-corruption body, excising the auditor general from the rank of commissioners and reverting the prosecutorial role to the director...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2023 | 1:21 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Integrity Commission Chairman Justice (Ret’d) Seymour Panton has lashed out at persons who have reportedly threatened the lives of persons working with the anti-corruption body. “We will not be frightened or scared into inactivity,” Panton told The...

Published:Monday | March 20, 2023 | 12:35 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Dr Maureen Dwyer, acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education and Youth (MOEY), has confirmed that the process to offer employment to workers at the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) and the National Council on Technical...

Published:Tuesday | March 14, 2023 | 1:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President La Sonja Harrison seemingly broke ranks with the leadership of her union on Monday when she refused to sign the compensation package that a record number of delegates voted to accept on Sunday. In a...

Published:Friday | February 24, 2023 | 1:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Despite plans this year to add 50 new buses to its fleet, the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) is projecting an operating loss of $11.4 billion for the upcoming financial year. This represents a $2.6 billion increase in the cash-...

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