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Published:Saturday | April 9, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

There is increasing disquiet in the public sector with the powerful Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU) yesterday giving the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service an April 11 ultimatum to furnish the findings of the compensation...

Published:Saturday | April 9, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

When dark clouds begin to gather, Avis Morrison will not have to worry anymore that as soon as it begins to rain, she would have to scramble with several containers to catch the water from the roof that leaks profusely into her house. Described...

Published:Friday | April 8, 2022 | 11:43 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Finance and the Public Service Minister Dr Nigel Clarke is insisting that the elimination of the duty concession to travelling officers in the public sector would not place them at a disadvantage. Clarke was responding to news of unease among...

Published:Friday | February 25, 2022 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaican Government is being urged to treat the massive fallout in global oil markets triggered by weeks-long escalation in tensions and Russia’s declaration of war on Ukraine as a national emergency. The ripple effects could worsen consumer...

Published:Saturday | February 19, 2022 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The 30,000-strong Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA) has sent an ominous warning to the Government that it cannot guarantee normality in service if the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service does not meet with it by February 25 to settle...

Published:Thursday | February 17, 2022 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

One lawmaker has described as “a deep crisis” the lack of proper skills training and sufficient educational support to juveniles in correctional centres. St Mary Central Member of Parliament Dr Morais Guy has warned that the absence of adequate...

Published:Wednesday | February 2, 2022 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Current hikes in the price of basic foods, fuel and electricity costs are having a “devastating” impact on the poor and low-income earners, University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer and economist Peter-John Gordon has said. The escalations come...

Published:Friday | January 21, 2022 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Decrying the high levels of crime in Jamaica that has become a huge barrier to investments locally, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) John Mahfood is pressing the Government to fast-track promulgating...

Published:Thursday | January 20, 2022 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

While the Ministry of Education and Youth struggles to iron out lingering policy issues that have left two critical training institutions in limbo, lawmakers turned up the heat Wednesday on a senior ministry official for allegedly misleading a...

Published:Wednesday | January 19, 2022 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Sanctions have been recommended against Rovel Morris, chief executive officer (CEO) of the St Ann Municipal Corporation, for the accounting officer’s role in a corruption scandal that enmeshed then Mayor Michael Belnavis and which involved the...

Published:Tuesday | January 18, 2022 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), Shane Dalling, has signalled that he was not picking a fight with Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis but is insisting that her conclusions that his salary contract is in...

Published:Tuesday | January 11, 2022 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Under-fire National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang and Transport and Mining Minister Robert Montague are the big survivors in a Cabinet reshuffle that saw Prime Minister Andrew Holness retaining all cards in his deck in what has been described...

Published:Friday | January 7, 2022 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

At least one developer is warning that the proposed increase of eight per cent in the price of cement by the country’s main supplier, Carib Cement, will have a significant impact on the lower-income end of the housing market. “The low-income end of...

Published:Thursday | January 6, 2022 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The finance ministry is considering surcharge action of $11.2 million against sidelined acting Permanent Secretary Dr Grace McLean and more than $112 million against the in-limbo incumbent Dean-Roy Bernard, documents bearing the signature of...

Published:Wednesday | January 5, 2022 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Spokesman on Finance Julian Robinson is calling for an urgent push by the education sector to rescue thousands of Jamaican students negatively impacted by the fallout in learning since the onset of COVID-19. He said that these students...

Published:Monday | January 3, 2022 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Here’s a synopsis of some of the other major stories for 2021: January 05: Jamaica and, by extension, the Caribbean lost one of their most gifted entrepreneurs who built an all-inclusive hotel empire that spanned the region, despite having no...

Published:Monday | January 3, 2022 | 12:05 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The last year around the sun was quite turbulent for Jamaica, punctuated by adversity, anguish, resilience, goodwill and a Government dogged by corruption scandals, while at the same time soaking up harsh criticisms for its policy shift that had...

Published:Thursday | December 30, 2021 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With nearly two months before local government elections are constitutionally due, Director of Elections Glasspole Brown says the Electoral Office of Jamaica (EOJ) has sent a budget of more than $1 billion to the Ministry of Finance and the Public...

Published:Wednesday | December 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Principal Director of the National Integrity Action (NIA) Professor Trevor Munroe wants the urgent implementation of institutional and legislative reforms as well as robust law enforcement to reduce corruption, punish the corrupt and rebuild trust...

Published:Tuesday | December 21, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

With 41 per 100,000 of the homicides committed in Jamaica being men, Commissioner of Police Major General Antony Anderson says that young males have become endangered species in the country. Addressing a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of St Andrew at...

Published:Thursday | November 25, 2021 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Legal luminary and former president of the Court of Appeal, Justice Seymour Panton, has shredded arguments by legislators who crafted a gag provision in law to restrict the Integrity Commission, Jamaica’s single anti-corruption body from announcing...

Published:Thursday | November 11, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

As neglected families in hospitals continue to deprive patients of critical bed spaces, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the Government is taking steps to initiate legal action against their relatives who have abandoned them...

Published:Friday | November 5, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Steps by the Government to pass legislation to indemnify the State for imposing and collecting excessive traffic fines since 2006 were a flawed approach to resolve the issue and will not stand up to legal scrutiny, says attorney-at-law Gavin Goffe...

Published:Saturday | October 30, 2021 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The board of Jamaica College (JC) says it is now awaiting a response from Education Minister Fayval Williams, after approving three recommendations regarding a request for a five-year extension of special leave to principal, Ruel Reid, who has been...

Published:Friday | October 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Some trade unionists have cautioned against a vaccine-or-test mandate for public-sector workers in the short term, arguing that such an approach would be premature. In the context of slow inoculation nationally, the Professor Gordon Shirley-chaired...

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