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Published:Saturday | February 13, 2021 | 12:29 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

An internal audit conducted into the death of 81-year-old Noel Chambers, who had languished in inhumane conditions at the Tower Street Correctional Centre for four decades without trial, has been completed and is expected to be tabled in the Houses...

Published:Saturday | February 13, 2021 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Government has signalled that it is prepared to take any disciplinary actions warranted, based on investigations being conducted by the Office of the Services Commission and other oversight bodies, into allegations that correctional officers at...

Published:Wednesday | February 10, 2021 | 3:31 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Government member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Juliet Holness was peeved on Tuesday that nearly $550 million in benefits targeting the poorest of Jamaicans under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH)...

Published:Wednesday | February 3, 2021 | 12:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Horace Chang’s comment on Tuesday that the democratically elected Holness administration “cannot be vetoed in carrying out executive action in the face of crisis” triggered a warning from the parliamentary Opposition that...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2021 | 12:28 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The reason for granting a 60-day extension to Bengal Development Limited to pay a $40-million environment performance bond remains a mystery to the public. Members of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) ran into a brick...

Published:Wednesday | January 27, 2021 | 4:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Up to the period July 31, 2019 when the Audit Committee of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS) presented its annual report to the ministry, the oversight body made adverse observations, including incorrect use of funds and lack of...

Published:Friday | January 22, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Eyebrows were raised during Thursday’s meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) when works czar E.G. Hunter disclosed that only 22 per cent of members of parliament (MPs) have used the entire allocation for Christmas...

Published:Thursday | January 21, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Lawmakers were left peeved on Wednesday after a startling revelation that two newly constructed municipal corporation buildings have run afoul of their own guidelines for public buildings by failing to create full access by the disabled. Members of...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:19 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Deputy Auditor General Marlon McAdam dismissed on Tuesday a suggestion by Permanent Secretary (PS) Dr Alwin Hales that the Jamaica Urban Transit Company Limited (JUTC) did not breach government guidelines when it racked up $1.2 million in car-...

Published:Wednesday | January 20, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) worker whose salary skyrocketed by 304 per cent on an initial promotion after two months on the job, and ultimately 583 per cent on a second elevation within 13 months, has been described by the management of...

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Auditor General’s Department has strongly reprimanded the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for its inertia in responding to worrying internal audit findings that repeatedly flagged significant internal control deficiencies placing...

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2021 | 12:22 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Julian Robinson, a member of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament examining the National Identification and Registration Act, 2020, has recommended that the proposed National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) should be...

Published:Monday | December 21, 2020 | 12:14 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

As a joint select committee of Parliament sets in motion plans to deliberate on the new National Identification and Registration Act, 2020 (NIDS) in early January, one lawmaker is suggesting that the Government offer incentives for Jamaicans to...

Published:Saturday | December 19, 2020 | 12:15 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration is challenging the Supreme Court’s ruling that the detention of five men under the states of emergency (SOE) was unconstitutional. Speaking in the Senate yesterday, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2020 | 12:31 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A new National Identification and Registration Act, 2020 (NIDS), was tabled in Parliament on Tuesday with significant departures from the previous controversial law that was struck down by the Supreme Court on April 20, 2019, as unconstitutional....

Published:Monday | December 14, 2020 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says zones of special operations (ZOSOs) established in volatile and depressed communities should seek to eliminate the influence of “benevolent dons” and position the security forces and state agencies as...

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2020 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Senate yesterday passed the Shipping (Amendment) Act, 2020, with two adjustments to make more complete provisions for the rights and living conditions of seafarers in line with the Maritime Labour Convention. Piloting the bill in the Upper...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2020 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

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Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2020 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Financial expert Dennis Chung says the Holness administration had no alternative but to tap the coffers of the National Housing Trust (NHT) over the next five years to shore up government spending in the wake of the massive fallout owing to the...

Published:Friday | November 20, 2020 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Landlords who utilise technological devices such as cameras to spy on their tenants or invade their privacy could soon face sanctions when the Cybercrimes Act is amended. Director of legal reform in the Ministry of Justice, Maurice Bailey, told...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2020 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

While not announcing a new estimate for flood damage to roads and other infrastructure on the weekend, Prime Minister Andrew Holness said on Tuesday that the new bill could surpass the more than $2 billion originally tabulated after the country was...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2020 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Government has issued a strong warning to owners and operators of residential healthcare facilities that failure to comply with regulations and protocols related to COVID-19 by month end will result in prosecutions, closures, and fines...

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has sounded a warning to Jamaicans who construct houses on gully banks and other areas prone to flooding, saying that his administration will take steps to establish “no-build zones”. He contended that the Government...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:17 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

With the gun being the chief instrument in homicides in Jamaica, National Security Minister Dr Horace Chang says the Government intends to update legislation governing the circulation and use of firearms before year end. The announcement comes as...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2020 | 12:21 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Ministry of Health and Wellness says it could not find a copy of a critical evaluation document it sent to the National Contracts Commission (NCC) for its approval of the Market Me Consulting Limited Jamaica Moves contract. The document could...

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