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Published:Wednesday | September 22, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis has raised questions about a decision by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to slash subvention in half to Nutrition Products Limited (NPL) and divert funds to schools while retaining the entire...

Published:Tuesday | August 10, 2021 | 12:08 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Chairman Edmund Bartlett says lawmakers who sit on the Integrity Commission Oversight Committee (ICOC) will be called from their summer break to examine a backlog of annual reports tabled by the anti-corruption body. Bartlett told The Gleaner last...

Published:Thursday | July 29, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Members of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriations Committee were on Wednesday perplexed as to why the Dr Cecil Cornwall-led Western Hospitality Institute (WHI) received the lion’s share of funding for students pursuing occupational...

Published:Thursday | July 29, 2021 | 12:09 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information declared on Wednesday that they had not had oversight responsibility for the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET)...

Published:Wednesday | July 28, 2021 | 12:10 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Consultant psychiatrist and member of the Psychiatric Association of Jamaica, Dr Winston De La Haye, is endorsing a proposal in the Tobacco Control Act, 2020, which prohibits tobacco companies from awarding scholarships as part of their corporate...

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

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has given the clearest signal that his administration was not afraid to go against the grain of culture and pass legislation to outlaw corporal punishment, which has been a decades-old mode of punishing children in...

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2021 | 12:12 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

The Government is fast-tracking plans to amend Section 24 of the Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA) that will bring an end to the practice of placing children deemed “uncontrollable” in penal institutions. Section 24 of the CCPA indicates that in...

Published:Wednesday | July 14, 2021 | 12:11 AMEdmond Campbell/Senior Parliamentary Reporter

Shane Dalling, chief executive officer of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA), sought on Tuesday to make a case before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that legal advice he received from private counsel justified his decision to enter...

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...

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