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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-...

Published:Monday | February 20, 2023 | 1:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), Metry Seaga, has not relented in his call for the Integrity Commission (IC) to clarify questions about its handling of a report and ruling on the alleged conflict of interest involving...

Published:Monday | February 20, 2023 | 1:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Integrity Commission (IC) Executive Director Greg Christie has strongly rejected calls for his resignation, declaring that he has been unbiased in his duties over the last three years at the anti-corruption agency. The commission’s publishing of a...

Published:Tuesday | February 14, 2023 | 1:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With data from recent studies showing that 23.3 per cent of Jamaican students aged 13 to 17 were overweight and/or obese, a medical practitioner is suggesting that the number may have spiked because of COVID-19 lifestyle disruptions. Dr Natalie...

Published:Saturday | January 28, 2023 | 1:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Testy exchanges characterised a debate on a resolution to establish a bicameral sessional select committee of women in Jamaica’s legislature on Friday after one opposition lawmaker questioned the constitutionality of the move. The resolution had to...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2023 | 1:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The proposed dramatic increase in the mandatory minimum sentence from 15 to 45 years could render prisoner rehabilitation useless, a rights activist has said. Executive director of Stand Up for Jamaica, Carla Gullotta, theorises that those...

Published:Wednesday | January 18, 2023 | 12:56 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

As the Financial Services Commission (FSC) prepares to face tough questions from journalists today about the nearly J$3-billion investment fraud at Stocks...

Published:Tuesday | January 10, 2023 | 1:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

A recommendation by the Opposition Leader Mark Golding for members of his shadow cabinet to sign the leadership code of conduct prepared by the Integrity Commission (IC) has been accepted by the anti-corruption body. Golding submitted to the...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2023 | 1:32 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Principal Director of National Integrity Action, Professor Emeritus Trevor Munroe, is urging Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Leader of the Opposition Mark Golding to promptly sign the leadership code of conduct sent to them for signature by the...

Published:Saturday | December 24, 2022 | 1:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT) Chairman Orville Hill has defended his organisation’s decision to approve the design for the new-look Devon House courtyard amid public debate over the changes, which critics say have dealt a severe blow to...

Published:Thursday | December 22, 2022 | 1:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Anxiety is growing among nurses in the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) after a second day of disappointment left them empty-handed, having not yet received salaries and arrears under the new compensation system. Finance and the Public...

Published:Friday | December 9, 2022 | 1:34 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

More than two weeks after the Integrity Commission wrote to Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Opposition Leader Mark Golding, asking them to sign a ‘Leadership Commitment to Code of Conduct’, both leaders were yet to ink the document up to December...

Published:Tuesday | December 6, 2022 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Former managing director of the Transport Authority, Willard Hylton, has criticised Transport Minister Audley Shaw as being out of touch and ineffective, citing his “chaotic” management among the chief reasons he did not renew his contract. Hylton...

Published:Wednesday | November 30, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Describing Jamaica’s dangerous criminals as rats who went into hiding during the just-expired states of emergency (SOEs), National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang has pledged that the security forces will hunt down and detain the perpetrators of...

Published:Tuesday | November 29, 2022 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With the Opposition blocking the Government’s attempt to extend the current states of emergency (SOEs) beyond two weeks, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding says a constitutional amendment could be considered to allow for an initial period of up to...

Published:Wednesday | November 23, 2022 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jowayne Smith, a final-year music student at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, was a picture of gratitude after learning that he was one of three students named to receive the Jah Jerry Scholarship for the current academic...

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2022 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) General Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Horace Chang has said he does not believe that embattled State Minister J.C. Hutchinson should again be sanctioned for fresh allegations of conflict of interest and nepotism...

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