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Published:Wednesday | March 20, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Prime Minister Andrew Holness yesterday announced plans by the National Housing Trust (NHT) to increase the limit for loans by $1 million, raise the ceiling for construction loans, while reducing interest rates for all contributors. He declared...

Published:Friday | March 15, 2019 | 12:31 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A People’s National Party (PNP) government led by Dr Peter Phillips would abolish the requirement for student loan guarantors. Phillips, the opposition leader and PNP president, committed yesterday that the repayment of student loans would only...

Published:Thursday | March 14, 2019 | 12:15 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Member of Parliament for Central Manchester Peter Bunting yesterday invoked the state of public emergency (SOE) imposed in St James last year to illustrate his unease about a proposal by the police that the anti-gang law be amended to allow...

Published:Wednesday | March 13, 2019 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Opposition spokesman on Finance Mark Golding has ridiculed the Government’s $14-billion stimulus package, charging that it provides incentives mainly for the rich, but nothing for the “vast majority” of Jamaicans in inner-city communities scattered...

Published:Friday | March 8, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Nearly 300,000 vulnerable persons, including children and the elderly, are to see an average 16 per cent increase in their cash grants under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), starting June 1. Further, Finance...

Published:Wednesday | March 6, 2019 | 12:24 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Over three calendar years, starting in 2014, sixteen current and former lawmakers from the two main political parties were reported to the nation’s top prosecutor for failing to declare income, assets and liabilities within the required time,...

Published:Tuesday | March 5, 2019 | 12:23 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration has committed $1 billion for a “revolutionary” initiative, first announced during the last annual conference of the governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), that will target unattached young people, tenements or so-...

Published:Monday | March 4, 2019 | 3:05 PMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Government is projecting gross earnings of US$3.6 billion from the tourism industry in the upcoming fiscal year, which starts on April 1. Further, Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett says Jamaica expects to welcome a total of 4.58 million visitors...

Published:Thursday | February 28, 2019 | 12:18 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A local charity group seeking to convince lawmakers to maintain the ban on abortion yesterday cited the story of an inner-city woman who tried three times to terminate her pregnancy without telling her spouse. In appealing to sentiment about...

Published:Wednesday | February 27, 2019 | 12:25 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Lawmakers yesterday began debate on proposed legislation to increase the fine from a paltry $40 to a maximum of $1 million for anyone found guilty of assaulting a police officer, a justice of the peace, or a court employee in the execution of their...

Published:Saturday | February 23, 2019 | 12:20 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Foreign Affairs Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has said that Jamaica’s bilateral and development partners have told the Andrew Holness administration that they “understand” that the decision to forcibly retake Venezuela’s stake in Petrojam does not...

Published:Wednesday | February 20, 2019 | 12:17 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Jamaica’s sole oil refinery, Petrojam, has seen its market value eroded by nearly US$100 million because of a decade of broken promises, delays and inaction by the Venezuelan government, the Andrew Holness administration has revealed....

Published:Wednesday | February 13, 2019 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Former Petrojam human resource manager Yolande Ramharrack received a gross separation payment that was nearly $4 million more than the figure disclosed by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and permanent secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (...

Published:Wednesday | January 30, 2019 | 12:27 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A junior minister in the Andrew Holness administration yesterday sided with the parliamentary Opposition, suggesting that the management of the scandal-scarred state-owned oil refinery Petrojam should never have been given the responsibility to...

Published:Thursday | January 17, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Justice ministry has delivered a scathing indictment of the system used by the police to record traffic tickets issued to motorists, revealing publicly that there are "deficits in the accuracy and adequacy" of information sent to the courts,...

Published:Wednesday | January 16, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Amid calls by the parliamentary Opposition for the Government to reconsider its decision, the special legislation being crafted to sanction the decision by the Andrew Holness administration to retake Venezuela's stake in Jamaica's state-owned oil...

Published:Friday | January 11, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

It would cost approximately $8 billion to carry out the maintenance work needed on nearly 70 per cent of the nation's secondary roadways, an assessment conducted by the National Works Agency (NWA) has revealed.Executive Director of the NWA E.G....

Published:Wednesday | January 9, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Andrew Holness administration has allocated an additional $1.5 billion for the maintenance of secondary roadways for the current fiscal year.Further, the Government has increased, by$1 billion, the budgetary allocation for what it described as...

Published:Tuesday | January 8, 2019 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The House of Representatives could be the venue for high drama today, as the two main political parties trade accusations over a scheduled meeting of the Internal and External Affairs Committee (IEAC) of Parliament.The meeting, which is set to begin...

Published:Saturday | December 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

One Government senator has joined the call for the Andrew Holness administration to publicly name the companies that got contracts from the state-owned oil refinery, Petrojam, that were found to be in breach of government procurement rules.Further,...

Published:Wednesday | December 12, 2018 | 12:56 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Auditors at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), the parent company for Petrojam, have revealed that they were prevented from carrying out an audit at the state-owned oil refinery by the previous management. Group internal auditor at PCJ,...

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The parliamentary Opposition has given the Andrew Holness administration a deadline of mid-January to ensure that the findings of a comprehensive audit of the state-owned oil refinery Petrojam are examined by the Public Accounts Committee of...

Published:Wednesday | December 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Auditor General's Department (AGD) has provided details of the two "surprise" parties, held three months apart, for then energy minister Dr Andrew Wheatley, and Perceval Bahado-Singh, former chairman of Petrojam, which cost taxpayers over $2.5...

Published:Saturday | December 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

A Government Senator charged yesterday that "prominent people in our political space" are providing support for gangsters before sounding an ominous warning."At a later date and at an appropriate time, this country will be given more details about...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMLivern Barrett/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Veteran criminal defence attorney Patrick Atkinsonhas rubbished a recommendation by the nation's chief prosecutor, Paula Llewellyn,, that the law be amended to allow her office to utilise, during a criminal trial, statements given to the police by a...

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