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Published:Friday | November 1, 2019 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Despite being assessed by the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) as “fit and proper” to do business in the local regulated cannabis industry, at least 238 business interests in the sector have been shut out of the banking system. Chairman of the...

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2019 | 12:26 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A chorus of discontent greeted a large contingent of technocrats from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) yesterday in Gordon House as lawmakers vented their frustration with the lacklustre approach by the Cannabis...

Published:Wednesday | October 30, 2019 | 12:00 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A performance audit by the chief guardian of state expenditure has uncovered practices by the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) in which the agency has paid scant regard to government guidelines in the awarding of contracts valuing...

Published:Saturday | October 26, 2019 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Members of the Upper House of Parliament yesterday gave the nod to three companion pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening Jamaica’s regime against money laundering and the financing of terrorism. The Terrorism Prevention (Amendment) Act, 2019...

Published:Friday | October 25, 2019 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Opposition spokesman on Finance and Chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Mark Golding, wants the Government to take immediate steps to amend the Integrity Commission Act, giving the corruption oversight body power to declare...

Published:Thursday | October 24, 2019 | 1:27 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Jamaica Labour Party politician-cum-lecturer Othniel Lawrence was parachuted into a Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) consultancy that has been described by the interim president as a one-of-a-kind contract sealed by the institution. Parliament’s...

Published:Wednesday | October 23, 2019 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Despite achieving a Vision 2030 target more than a decade early, instead of celebrating, policymakers are now downbeat that a tapering off of the population growth rate could land Jamaica in “serious problems”. Members of Parliament’s Public...

Published:Thursday | October 17, 2019 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

In a bid to ratchet up support for the Government’s crackdown on crime, 35-year-old government Senator Matthew Samuda painted a graphic picture of Jamaica’s murder crisis: more people than can fit in Kingston’s National Stadium have died violently...

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