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Published:Saturday | July 22, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Despite having "personal feelings" on a bill to amend the National Housing Trust (NHT) Act to withdraw $11.4 billion from the housing agency over the next four years for budgetary support, Leader of Government Business in the Senate Kamina Johnson...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Andrew Holness administration has pumped an additional $2.574 billion into the Ministry of National Security to assist in rolling out the Zones of Special Operations crime initiative, which is intended to target communities rocked by rampant...

Published:Tuesday | July 18, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The management of Spanish Town Hospital in St Catherine is giving the assurance that security measures have been stepped up there in the wake of two recent attacks on medical personnel that have left the victims traumatised.On Saturday night, a...

Published:Monday | July 17, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

With members of the Jamaican diaspora expressing serious interest in pouring investments into the local health sector, the Government, through its trade and investment promotion vehicle, JAMPRO, is working feverishly with the health ministry to...

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Nearly six months after the Andrew Holness administration rejected a J$5.5 billion offer by the United Kingdom (UK) government to help construct a new adult correctional facility in Jamaica, a British diplomat has said the door is still open for the...

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Outgoing British High Commissioner to Jamaica David Fitton says Commonwealth countries such as Jamaica should position themselves to hold pivotal trade talks with the United Kingdom at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting slated for April...

Published:Wednesday | July 12, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council, Dr Lucien Jones, has said the new Road Traffic Act should be introduced at the same time the proposed traffic ticket amnesty is being implemented, to deter motorists from flagrantly breaking the law...

Published:Tuesday | July 11, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Member of Parliament for St Catherine South, Fitz Jackson, is making it clear that he has not retreated on plans to retable a controversial bill to amend the Banking Services Act, noting that he is "resolute and no effort at frustration is going...

Published:Monday | July 10, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Opposition Senator K.D. Knight has expressed reservations about placing both parliamentarians and public-sector workers under a single anti-corruption body, indicating that the searchlight on lawmakers may be dimmed with another 50,000 public...

Published:Saturday | July 8, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Despite lingering concerns about some provisions in the Zones of Special Operations Bill, opposition senators joined their Government counterparts to pass the legislation, signalling that the Andrew Holness administration is one step closer to...

Published:Saturday | July 8, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid on Thursday declared that the Andrew Holness administration would shortly be responding, in Parliament, to the findings and recommendations of the contractor general in the so-called debushing...

Published:Friday | July 7, 2017 | 7:48 AMEdmond Campbell

Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid says Prime Minister Andrew Holness is to respond to the report of the probe by the Office of Contractor General (OCG) into the controversial $800 million de-bushing project. Senator Reid says Prime...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 7:37 AMEdmond Campbell

An advocacy group has told legislators that the law should not allow rape victims who become pregnant to have an abortion. In a submission to the joint select committee reviewing Jamaica’s Sexual Offences Act and related laws, the Pregnancy...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 7:15 AMEdmond Campbell

Women’s rights advocacy group Tambourine Army says the law should be amended to impose a mandatory life sentence for the rape of a child. Co-founder Nadeen Spence argued before the joint select committee of Parliament reviewing the...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 7:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Wide-ranging presentations were made yesterday to the joint select committee of Parliament reviewing the Sexual Offences Act and related laws, with four groups registering strong positions on several issues such as abortion, sexual offences against...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 6:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Government and the parliamentary Opposition yesterday moved from positions that threatened to divide them on a critical piece of law to fight crime to near unanimity after hours of deliberations to tweak the so-called Zones of Special Operations...

Published:Wednesday | June 28, 2017 | 6:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte has defended the decision of Prime Minister Andrew Holness to put the force of his office behind the Zones of Special Operations Bill that was crafted to cramp spiralling crime that has left Jamaica bleeding....

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 6:00 PMEdmond Campbell

Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is recommending that a declaration of a Zone of Special Operations should be put to lawmakers to decide rather than giving the prime minister such substantial power in council. Chairman of Jamaicans for Justice Horace...

Published:Tuesday | June 27, 2017 | 6:00 AMEdmond Campbell

As she often describes herself "the girl from Wood Hall, St Catherine," Portia Simpson first announced her entry into representational politics when she won the Trench Town West division in the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation in 1974.Two years...

Published:Monday | June 26, 2017 | 6:59 AMEdmond Campbell

In the lead-up to Portia Simpson Miller's last day in Parliament, The Gleaner looks back at some of the stand-out moments of a political career that spanned several decades. See more tomorrow.     From early in her political...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Opposition spokesman on Justice Senator Mark Golding and Attorney General Marlene Malahoo Forte yesterday locked horns during a special select committee of Parliament after the senator declared the Zone of Special Operations bill unconstitutional...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Head of the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) Terrence Williams wants the oversight body he leads to have powers to probe cases involving officers in the proposed new Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency (MOCA).At a...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:00 AMEdmond Campbell

Crime and violence have not only posed a serious threat to the security of Jamaicans, with an average of 28 murders per week and 672 killings up to June 17 this year, but taxpayers are paying a high price for gun conflicts. The Kingston Public...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 6:47 PMEdmond Campbell

Opposition spokesman on national security Peter Bunting has urged the special select committee of Parliament deliberating on the Zones of Special operation bill to tread carefully in giving the police sweeping emergency powers when it is not needed...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 6:00 AMEdmond Campbell

With a chorus of complaints still ringing within the ranks of the police force regarding the powers accorded to the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM) to compel cops to give statements and to answer questions, the head of the...

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