CDF ABUSE - Report cites nepotism as cash channelled to fund degrees for family connections

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A compliance audit of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) by the Auditor General’s Department (AuGD) has unearthed cases of nepotism within the agency managing the $1.26-billion programme that operates out of the Office of the Prime Minister (…

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Green light for bauxite mining in Cockpit Country

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WESTERN BUREAU: In spite of potential long-term deforestation, bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country is likely to offer a game-changing fillip to the Jamaican economy, at least in the short term, if the Government allows Noranda Jamaica Bauxite…

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PM launches $1b road-repair plan

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Eager politicians were on Tuesday urged to temper their expectations about how far a $1-billion road programme will help in restoring Jamaica’s flood-hit corridors after weeks of rainstorms. Each of the 63 constituencies will be allocated $15…

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CDF spending busted budget

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While members of parliament (MPs) receive $20 million annually from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to spend primarily on social programmes in their constituencies, it has been revealed that St Andrew East Rural and St Catherine North…

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Charles pledges action as probe launched into hospital jump

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An investigation has been launched by the South East Regional Health Authority(SERHA) into the bizarre account of a patient leaping from the third floor of the Princess Margaret Hospital in St Thomas on Saturday, November 7. The patient, 41-year-…

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Trailblazing Jamaican nurse tougher than nails - Credits Maroon mindset for strength amid England’s virus crisis

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As England’s healthcare sector buckles under the weight of mounting coronavirus cases amid lockdowns, Jamaica-born Nichole McIntosh is battle-ready as she tackles her job as the regional head of nursing at Health Education England (HEE). As the…

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Ecstatic 19-y-o on PATH to becoming a teacher

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It was a surreal moment on Tuesday for the sole PATH scholarship recipient, Shantel Williams, whose mother, a janitor, struggled to put her through school and missed the presentation ceremony because of commitment to a job that has sustained her…

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Underfunded NWA can only react, says Hunter

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“Gross underfunding” has tied the hands of the National Works Agency (NWA) from addressing decades-old deficiencies in Jamaica’s road infrastructure, Chief Executive Officer E.G. Hunter has said. Hunter said that budgetary constraints restricted…

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New health deal shot in the arm

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Half of the 5,000 patients on the health centre register are set to benefit from a public-private partnership on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) launched on Tuesday. The pilot, which involves eight health centres and four private practices, is…

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One hurdle to clear for dog-attack law

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The Senate will now examine a bill that was passed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday proposing to hold dog owners criminally liable for animal attacks. Seventeen amendments were made to the bill when members of the Lower House sat in…

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