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Published:Thursday | July 1, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The annual scholarships provided by Carreras Limited to scores of Jamaicans may soon come to a halt if the Tobacco Control Act, 2020, is passed in its current form. Managing director of the company, Raoul Glynn, said that provisions in the proposed...

Published:Wednesday | June 23, 2021 | 12:13 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

After being subject to strict lockdowns since the onset of COVID-19 on Jamaica’s shores in March 2020, the entertainment and creative industries have been given breathing space to reopen, but not without a stern warning that adherence to the health...

Published:Wednesday | June 16, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis told members of a parliamentary oversight committee on Tuesday that she did not prepare reports on the basis of hearsay but on evidence. Her statement comes against the background of questions from St James...

Published:Wednesday | June 9, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Heroy Clarke, the member of parliament for St James Central, asked Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis on Tuesday to disclose her views on nepotism during a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to review the appropriations accounts of the...

Published:Saturday | June 5, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

AS THIEVES continue to prey on local farmers, causing them great distress and frustration, the Government has signalled that steps are being made to amend two important pieces of legislation to increase the penalties for those who continue to...

Published:Thursday | June 3, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

With its critical role of assessing development projects to reduce the likelihood of disasters that can impact the economy and well-being of Jamaicans, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) was strongly criticised on...

Published:Thursday | June 3, 2021 | 12:06 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Director of investigation at the Integrity Commission, Kevon Stephenson, says the anti-corruption body has made significant strides in reducing the backlog of cases involving alleged acts of corruption in the public sector. In a Gleaner interview...

Published:Wednesday | June 2, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA), Richard Pandohie, says the tweak in COVID-19 curfew hours is positive for commerce and will lead to a reduction in congestion as people carry out their business during the...

Published:Wednesday | June 2, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Weeks after ratcheting up pressure on the Government about perceived inequity in the domestic wedding market, planners on Tuesday welcomed the more than tripling of attendance quotas for June, a traditional high-traffic month for nuptials. Prime...

Published:Saturday | May 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The report of the Joint Select Committee reviewing the Sexual Harassment Bill is to be tabled in the House of Representatives, along with a raft of amendments, on June 8, the same day Gender Affairs Minister Olivia Grange is scheduled to make her...

Published:Friday | May 28, 2021 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Attempts to derail criminal investigations by falsifying, concealing, destroying or disposing of documents or items relevant to a probe could land offenders in serious trouble with the law. The proposed penalty, if new provisions in the Criminal...

Published:Thursday | May 20, 2021 | 12:07 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis yesterday revealed that she was the one who contacted chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Julian Robinson, to appear before the oversight body, as she had “nothing to hide” and “was answerable to the...

Published:Wednesday | May 19, 2021 | 12:15 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Government members of a parliamentary oversight committee on Tuesday caused eyebrows to arch when they insisted that Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis divulge the name of a Gleaner journalist who contacted the country’s chief auditor to confirm a...

Published:Tuesday | May 18, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Following a plethora of queries by some government members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as to why Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis was absent from an exit interview by auditors from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service in...

Published:Friday | April 30, 2021 | 12:24 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher on Thursday turned the spotlight on the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) by students, and vowed that lawmakers would ensure that the new tobacco-control legislation include provisions to deter...

Published:Wednesday | April 21, 2021 | 12:20 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Audrey Deer Williams, who for many years was the senior director of investments at the National Insurance Fund (NIF) in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, came under fire on Tuesday from members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (...

Published:Monday | April 12, 2021 | 12:18 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The constitutionality of tough restrictions in the Tobacco Control Act, 2020, which seeks to create a firewall between players in the tobacco industry and government workers, was questioned by one legislator who is of the view that the proposed law...

Published:Thursday | April 8, 2021 | 12:23 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Director of the Overseas Employment Programme in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Delroy Palmer, says Jamaican farm workers travelling to Canada and the United States have the option of getting vaccinated while overseas. By this weekend...

Published:Wednesday | April 7, 2021 | 12:25 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A coalition of 13 organisations on Tuesday urged the Government to introduce provisions in the National Identification and Registration Act, or the Data Protection Act (DPA), to remove a two-year period of exemption that would be applicable to the...

Published:Thursday | March 25, 2021 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

As the transitional process from the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) to the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) is set to get under way following the passage of the NIDS law, a trade union leader is cautioning against...

Published:Wednesday | March 24, 2021 | 12:16 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Opposition warned on Tuesday that amended coronavirus legislation giving the prime minister power, unfettered by Parliament, to make orders attracting criminal sanctions presented a dangerous overreach on democracy. But Opposition Leader Mark...

Published:Friday | March 19, 2021 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Contributors or mortgagors of the National Housing Trust (NHT) who have lost their jobs for 12 months or more will be able to access their contribution refunds one year in advance, effective this July. The initiative will expire in July 2022. And...

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2021 | 12:30 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

An audit is under way into the roll-out of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which met with challenges in the first two days when some persons not slated to receive the jab were thrust to the front of the line to be inoculated. Permanent secretary in the...

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

Despite the Govern­ment’s proposed roll-out of its $60 billion SERVE Jamaica programme this fiscal year, the parliamentary Opposition says the administration’s budgetary allocation is insufficient to tackle the deepening economic and social fallout...

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...

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