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Published:Saturday | May 29, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) on Wednesday handed down a $12.5-million award to Dr Sandra Williams-Phillips, a consultant cardiologist who was unjustifiably dismissed some 11 years ago from the Bustamante Hospital for Children. In arriving...

Published:Friday | May 14, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Senior officers who presided over the $46.8-million contract awarded to Rahim’s Cleaning and Trucking Limited to clean and sanitise eight locations in Ocho Rios, St Ann, last March have come in for sharp criticism in a revealing audit obtained by...

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

An audit conducted into the $46.8-million government contract awarded to Rahim’s Cleaning and Trucking Limited to sanitise and clean eight locations in Ocho Rios, St Ann, has unearthed worrying findings, including exorbitant pricing costs and...

Published:Tuesday | May 4, 2021 | 12:40 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaica is struggling to handle a crime problem and now there is the added problem of having the United States pay specific attention to one of the areas the country seems to have excelled. The US now has particular players in the scamming '...

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2021 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Senator Lambert Brown has been warned to retract his endorsement of vigilante justice or be deemed unfit to serve as a lawmaker. The call by a civil-society pressure group comes in the wake of a series of scandals in the Parliament and...

Published:Tuesday | April 27, 2021 | 12:21 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Describing extradition as a powerful anti-crime tool, a senior United States law-enforcement official said that two Jamaican players in multimillion-dollar lottery scams were now involved court proceedings locally and could be sent abroad for trial...

Published:Tuesday | April 20, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Days after the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) sought to isolate Westmoreland Central Member of Parliament George Wright over a smouldering assault scandal, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has urged the public to force lawmakers’ hands in...

Published:Monday | March 22, 2021 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Kenny Robinson, the father of 12-year-old Marquis, is a nervous man. Marquis, who suffers from a condition known as slipped upper femoral epiphysis (SUFE), has undergone two surgeries to correct the problem and is slated to do a third. But a...

Published:Thursday | March 11, 2021 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

The Jamaican Bar Association has raised concern that there is no provision in the current National Identification and Registration Act (NIRA) for an individual’s data to be purged from the database if a cancellation is requested. Making a...

Published:Thursday | March 11, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

CHAIRPERSON OF the National Council for Senior Citizens, Dr Denise Eldemire-Shearer, has said she has no problem with the Government’s elderly incentive programme that is linked to the COVID-19 vaccination exercise. On Wednesday, Minister of...

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2021 | 12:14 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Staff Reporter

Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Dr Keith Rowley has said that the member states of the regional bloc are expected to receive the first doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine under the COVAX Facility by about mid-March. Jamaica’s Health...

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...

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