Review equal pay laws, gender advocate urges

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Jamaican lawmakers have been urged to review the nearly 40-year-old Employment (Equal Pay for Men and Women) Act amid growing unease about the disparity in salaries along gender lines. An International Labour Organization report titled ‘A Quantum…

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Clarke says stimulus ‘easily’ sustainable

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Finance Minister Dr Nigel Clarke has said that the $14-billion stimulus package that forms the core of the Government’s 2019-2020 Budget is “easily” sustainable. Further, Clarke pushed back at suggestions that not everyone in the society would…

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Loan sharks, beware - Tough law to rein in predatory lenders

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In a move to protect consumers, bring order to the operations of microcredit institutions, and to ensure that these entities are not used for money laundering, the Government has proposed a stringent law that was tabled in Parliament on Thursday….

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Uchence Gang Trial | Cronies bathe in stolen cash

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Having already given testimony on about at least seven other robberies that took place across several parishes, a Crown witness yesterday said that he received a total of $120,000 in Jamaican and foreign currency as a result of a heist that the…

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Shaw vows overhaul of praedial larceny unit

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WESTERN BUREAU: The police unit established to rein in farm theft will have to be overhauled because of its failure to put a dent in praedial larceny, Agriculture Minister Audley Shaw said. Shaw lamented the state of penury in which hard-working…

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Belgian farmer gets suspended sentence for cocaine

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WESTERN BUREAU: The Belgian national who was arrested for cocaine possession at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Sunday, March 3, was given a suspended sentence in the St James Parish Court yesterday. Jan Gerebern Kempen, a 55-…

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Islam knocks violence against women – official

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A member of the Islamic Council of Jamaica has sought to invalidate the narrative of Muslim women as the victims of subjugation and degradation, arguing that that stereotype was peddled by misguided Western media. Addressing gender-based violence…

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PSOJ, JCC hail business stimulus

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Two of the country’s most powerful business associations, the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC), have come out in praise of the Budget for fiscal year 2019-20, alluding to the finance minister’s…

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Long way to go to achieve gender equality in region – ILO

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) said that over the last 20 years, the inclusion of women in the labour market has been sustained in Latin America and the Caribbean, which has allowed 131 million women to participate in the labour force…

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Three persons died in a motor vehicle collision on the Melrose Bypass in Manchester on Thursday. Dead are 25-year-old Osheen Wint, seven-year-old Daniella Wint, and 25-year-old Rojae Samuels, all of Stony Hill in St Andrew. Reports are that about 7…

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