No big deal! - Gov't refuses to roll back taxes; Opposition walks out over 'draconian' measures
There was high drama in Gordon House yesterday before members on the Government side alone passed the 2017-2018 Appropriations Bill or the Budget. The parliamentary opposition triggered a sudden uproar, which was followed by an angry walkout as they...

PNP denies crafting new anti-crime plan
The Opposition People's National Party (PNP) is rejecting an assertion from Prime Minister Andrew Holness that a proposed law to give the security forces powers to search places, vehicles, or persons within specific areas without a warrant was...

Tax on group health insurance not onerous, says Shaw
Despite objections by some players in the insurance industry to the Government's imposition of general consumption tax (GCT) on group health insurance, Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw yesterday defended the measure, suggesting...

JTA boss embraces plans to outlaw corporal punishment
Prime Minister Andrew Holness' plan to rid the island's education system of corporal punishment has been warmly embraced by the president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, Howard Isaacs, who feels transformation is badly needed in regard to how...

Holness defends decision to use NHT money
Prime Minister Andrew Holness said that he was not interested in any political battles about whether he broke a promise not to take funds from the National Housing Trust (NHT) even as he clarified that the latest drawdown was for debt payments and...

Police mourn death of senior member's son
The police fraternity has joined one of its senior members in mourning the loss of her son, who was one of the latest victims of the rampant killings in St James.Twenty-nine-year-old Anthony Ross, who is the son of one of the heads of a branch of...

Multimillion-dollar stink - North Street sewage continues to flow despite lengthy fix - NWC blames business that continues to dump into the main
The problem of the ongoing raw sewage overflowing on to North Street in downtown Kingston continues despite a lengthy $36 million project to correct it. According to Charles Buchanan, communications manager for the National Water Commission (NWC),...

Grace corned beef suppliers not under probe - Wehby
Brazilian processing plants that supply corned beef to at least one of Jamaica's two major distributors of the product are not under investigation by the Brazilian authorities in the ongoing "rotten beef and poultry" probe now unfolding in the South...

Cybercrimes Act well structured, says Champagnie
Attorney-at-law Peter Champagnie said that not only is the new Cybercrimes Act quite clear in its structure and wording, but it is also well timed for the expanding social media era, where damage caused to reputation by publishing is almost...

Five dead in attack at British Parliament
LONDON (AP):A knife-wielding man went on a deadly rampage in the heart of Britain's seat of power yesterday, plowing a car into pedestrians on London's Westminster Bridge before stabbing a police officer to death inside the gates of Parliament.Five...