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Published:Monday | January 6, 2020 | 12:39 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

As the debate over the minimum wage gains momentum, labour expert Danny Roberts is suggesting that the Government, along with employers in the private sector, take steps to determine “what is a liveable wage” in 2020, and make adjustments to the...

Published:Tuesday | December 24, 2019 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Like the proverbial Sword of Damocles, eviction notices have been ominously hanging over the heads of Marcia Johnson and her family for the last 10 years. Like clockwork, the notice is served with an ultimatum for Johnson to leave the premises...

Published:Wednesday | December 18, 2019 | 12:33 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Fifty-seven-year-old Walter Duncan has been literally sleeping on the edge of the capital city for the last six months. His bed is a two-and-a-half-foot concrete wall at the Kingston waterfront. A piece of cardboard provides a buffer between his...

Published:Friday | December 13, 2019 | 12:36 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) yesterday submitted before a panel of three retired justices at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) that former head of Strategic Planning and Project Management Centre, Karim Kiffin, should not receive more than a lump...

Published:Thursday | December 12, 2019 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) yesterday commissioned a J$3.7-billion Hybrid Energy Storage System (HESS) on Marcus Garvey Drive in Kingston as part of efforts to mitigate against service interruptions that its customers suffer. Gary...

Published:Wednesday | December 11, 2019 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

As the Government undertakes a $1.3-billion sanitation, drain-cleaning and beautification programme, the agency tasked with the responsibility to provide oversight is signalling that it will carry out intense scrutiny of the works to ensure that...

Published:Tuesday | December 10, 2019 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica’s foremost anti-corruption non-governmental organisation, National Integrity Action (NIA), believes the country could further slip on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) or stand still when the watchdog’s 2019...

Published:Thursday | November 28, 2019 | 12:42 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) could face a massive compensation bill of more than $100 million if the panel of adjudicators at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) now hearing a case between the bank and a former employee rules in favour of the...

Published:Tuesday | November 26, 2019 | 12:50 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Little more than a week after prime minister and leader of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Andrew Holness, directed party supporters to visit his social media platforms for accurate news, while suggesting that not all information presented by the...

Published:Monday | November 25, 2019 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

If Prime Minister Andrew Holness’ resolve to curtail the traffic chaos created by lawless motorists in town centres holds true, the widespread indiscipline in the Corporate Area and other urban centres will come to a halt. While acknowledging the...

Published:Saturday | November 23, 2019 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The new leadership of the young professionals’ affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), Generation 2000 (G2K), says it will be using a combination of media platforms to get its message out to young people as it woos increased support for the...

Published:Saturday | October 19, 2019 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Accusing factions loyal to People’s National Party (PNP) President Peter Phillips of a “vindictive push” to have her removed, Kari Douglas quit yesterday as minority spokesperson amid a fallout targeting backers of leadership challenger Peter...

Published:Tuesday | July 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With the recent departure of Andrew Wheatley from the Cabinet, political commentator Dr Paul Ashley says senior member Karl Samuda, who lost his portfolio as industry and agriculture minister in late March, should be saddled with the task to oversee...

Published:Monday | July 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The ongoing scandal that began at the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam has claimed its latest casualty with the resignation yesterday of Andrew Wheatley as minister of science and technology. This follows several weeks of allegations of nepotism...

Published:Wednesday | July 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Former managing director of Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) Dr David McBean resisted attempts by chairman of the entity, Trevor Forrest, to belatedly insert Carolyn Warren on a shortlist of persons to be interviewed forthe position of manager -...

Published:Monday | July 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague has said that the new Road Traffic Act that was passed by the Senate on May 11 would be debated by lawmakers in the Lower House when they return in September from their summer break.Despite a 13-per cent...

Published:Wednesday | July 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) yesterday sought answers on management changes resulting in the sacking of heads of public bodies at three agencies which were then under the Ministry of Science, Energy and...

Published:Friday | July 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Upper House yesterday approved the Child Diversion Bill, paving the way for children who are in conflict with the law to be dealt with under a special regime instead of instituting criminal proceedings against the youngsters.Lawmakers gave the...

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Former Contractor General Greg Christie has said that the relevant oversight body should send a team to investigate allegations of corruption and nepotism at Petrojam, the state-owned oil refinery.Christie told The Gleaner yesterday that the...

Published:Tuesday | June 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Managing Director of the Transport Authority, Cecil Morgan, told members of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday that five 40-seater buses costing $115 million ordered by the previous management of the entity could not pass over...

Published:Friday | June 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Chairman of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) Wykeham McNeill has dismissed as "palpably false" suggestions by Government Senator Matthew Samuda that McNeill's relative was a director of a travel agency who...

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

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is positioning itself to prepare more airtight cases in court against major criminal offenders with the recruitment of attorneys who will assist investigators to put together case files.Commissioner of Police...

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

The drafting of legislation to introduce a new police service is far advanced and the measure is slated for tabling in Parliament during the current legislative year.National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang, who made the announcement in Gordon...

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

Members of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have questioned the withholding of benefits for children under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) if they do not attend school.The monthly benefit for children...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Vowing to put an end to what she described as a "stinking sore" issue plaguing children at a primary school as well as the residents of Greenwich Town in Kingston, Angella Brown Burke yesterday put the National Water Commission (NWC) on notice that...

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