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Published:Saturday | September 14, 2019 | 12:08 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The maximum $100 fine that was imposed on alleged gang leader Tesha Miller for an immigration violation remains on the books more than two years after it triggered public outcry. It spurred the Government to conduct a review of so-called paltry...

Published:Friday | September 13, 2019 | 12:21 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Lawmakers have backed away from the long prison sentence that was recommended in the long-anticipated data protection law for persons who fail to register as data processors. Section 18 (3) (c) of the proposed data protection bill made failing to...

Published:Wednesday | September 11, 2019 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration is looking to shell out up to US$150 million (J$20.5 billion) to construct a new drainage network across Kingston and St Andrew to put an end to the flooding nightmare in areas of the Corporate Area after heavy...

Published:Saturday | August 3, 2019 | 12:22 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The number of Jamaicans living in poverty climbed to a shade above 19 per cent in 2017, a document released by the Government has revealed. Ministry Paper 51, which was tabled in the Senate yesterday, indicated that 19.3 per cent of the Jamaican...

Published:Thursday | August 1, 2019 | 12:31 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration has endorsed a recommendation that a total of $24.5 million in compensation be paid to hundreds of motorists whose vehicles were damaged during the 2015 bad gas saga. This development comes even as the final report...

Published:Saturday | July 27, 2019 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A government senator has suggested that Jamaica begin taking steps to craft an appropriate policy and legislation to oversee the emerging local surrogacy industry. The suggestion by Kerensia Morrison comes a week after a Sunday Gleaner series...

Published:Wednesday | July 24, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Mystery shrouds the circumstances under which discarded Education Minister Ruel Reid obtained a credit card with a limit of US$3,800 or just over J$500,000, which was being paid for by taxpayers. Karl Samuda, the minister who has been overseeing...

Published:Saturday | July 20, 2019 | 12:14 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A total of 402 murders and 441 shooting incidents were recorded in the last 30 months across the communities that fall within the St Andrew South Police Division, government Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has revealed. Johnson Smith, the leader of...

Published:Thursday | July 18, 2019 | 12:13 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) has admitted to making payments totaling more than $700,000 over a four-month period on invoices in the name of Devon McQueen, the former driver to sacked Education Minister Ruel Reid. According to the CMU,...

Published:Wednesday | July 17, 2019 | 12:28 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The number of murders recorded nationally in the 10 weeks immediately following a declaration of a state of emergency (SOE) across three western parishes soared by 21 per cent when compared with the corresponding period last year, opposition Member...

Published:Wednesday | July 10, 2019 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Five of the nearly three dozen private security companies accused of flouting the country’s labour laws by short-changing their guards could soon face legal action as part of a get-tough approach by the Government. Labour Minister Shahine Robinson...

Published:Thursday | June 20, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Edward Seaga’s list of accomplishments in over four decades of service to his adopted homeland is enough for him to be enshrined as Jamaica’s eighth national hero, Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie has suggested. The suggestion came...

Published:Wednesday | June 19, 2019 | 12:09 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Employees at Petrojam have been left demoralised after nearly six months of public hearings by a parliamentary committee that has shone a searchlight on alleged acts of nepotism, cronyism and corruption which cost the state-owned oil refinery...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:28 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Gail Campbell Dunwell, a United States-based Jamaican, was given a two-year, J$20-million contract last January to serve as a consultant to the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), and by the end of the first year, she pocketed a shade under J$15...

Published:Thursday | June 13, 2019 | 12:11 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Amid a spate of deadly attacks by criminals, and lawmakers in Parliament trading blame on Tuesday about which administration failed to tame the crime monster, Attorney General (AG) Marlene Malahoo Forte had a sobering message for her colleagues on...

Published:Monday | June 10, 2019 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The time has come for a culture shift in the local construction sector that would see public facilities being retrofitted with features to provide safe, easy access for persons with physical disabilities, an Opposition senator has suggested. The...

Published:Thursday | June 6, 2019 | 12:21 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The extended period being taken to complete probes into impropriety, fraud, and corruption at a number of state agencies left several lawmakers fuming at yesterday’s meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of...

Published:Wednesday | June 5, 2019 | 12:42 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

For more than a century, the practice of obeah has been illegal under Jamaican law. But just as lawmakers were getting ready to push the maximum fine to $1 million for anyone found guilty of practising obeah, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck signalled...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) has removed former Energy Minister Dr Andrew Wheatley’s name from a centre established in his honour at its main campus. Instead, the facility will now be called the Centre for Digital Innovation and Advanced...

Published:Friday | May 31, 2019 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Balfour Peart, the United States-based Jamaican businessman placed in the spotlight because of two payments by Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) totalling almost $700,000 towards a yacht party for since-discarded education minister Ruel Reid, has...

Published:Thursday | May 30, 2019 | 12:16 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

With an associate degree, former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Member of Parliament Othneil Lawrence secured a three-year contract that pays him $5.1 million a year, or $425,000 per month, to serve as an adviser to the Caribbean Maritime University (...

Published:Wednesday | May 29, 2019 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The first time Desmond McKenzie wore a business suit or enjoyed a hamburger was because of Edward Seaga. McKenzie, the minister of local government and community development, who was born and grew up in the west Kingston community known at the time...

Published:Thursday | May 23, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

All but one of the nearly three dozen private security firms contracted by government ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) are flouting the law either by short-changing their guards or not making maternity payments to females, an...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 7:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Petrojam and the Government gave up revenue totalling close to $300 million because of the decision taken by former general manager of the state-owned oil refinery, Floyd Grindley, to shave $2 off the ex-refinery price of gasolene products around...

Published:Wednesday | May 22, 2019 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Petrojam has confirmed that it saw no supporting documents for work to be undertaken when it disbursed a controversial $9-million donation to the Sydenham Citizens’ Association in St Catherine. By contrast, the state-owned oil refinery confirmed...

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