FLA COCK-UP - Agency pays out $8m excess in termination benefits in breach of guidelines

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

The Auditor General’s Department has warned the management of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) that action may be taken against responsible officers for paying out more than $8 million in termination benefits, in excess of the amount due, to…

more

Comment

Youth fear COVID jab

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

Young Jamaicans across the island, some currently studying at local universities, have already signalled their reluctance to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available in Jamaica although it is considered a key tool in the fight to restore…

more

Comment

AuCG rapped for not using $5m machine five years after purchase

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

More than five years after the Accountant General’s Department (AcGD) spent $5 million to purchase a machine and software to print pensioners’ pay slips and life certificates, the agency has not derived any value for the money spent. This is…

more

Comment

AuGD raps labour ministry for inefficiencies - Poor recordkeeping, scant regard for addressing deficiencies among concerns

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

The Auditor General’s Department has strongly reprimanded the Ministry of Labour and Social Security for its inertia in responding to worrying internal audit findings that repeatedly flagged significant internal control deficiencies placing…

more

Comment

‘We have suffered enough’ - Gov’t urged to press ahead with MoBay bypass

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

Western Bureau: A decision by the Government to delay the commencement of works on the long-awaited Montego bay bypass is not going down well with business leaders, who are yearning for an end to the traffic gridlock which has plagued the Second…

more

Comment

‘It’s unfair!’ - Jackson insists Parliament should provide accommodation for rural MPs

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

With some fellow parliamentarians up in arms over a taxing schedule, Fitz Jackson has asserted that the Parliament should make accommodation for those who have to travel long distances home and back between sittings at Gordon House. At its first…

more

Comment

‘2021 could be far worse than 2020’ - PAHO director urges vigilance as region sees record cases

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr Carissa Etienne, has said that in the last week, roughly 2.5 million people were infected with COVID-19 in the region, the highest weekly cases since the onset of the pandemic. “Virtually…

more

Comment

When no news is good news - JCF celebrates suicide-free 2020, looks forward to better 2021

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

Chief chaplain of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Pastor Dr Gary Buddoo-Fletcher, led law-enforcement officers into a praise break yesterday, highlighting that there had been no suicides within the police last year. “Sometimes no news is good…

more

Comment

Silvera calls for another stimulus package

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

WESTERN BUREAU: President of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), Janet Silvera, is appealing to the Government to provide another stimulus package for seriously impacted businesses and citizens, including displaced tourism…

more

Comment

Court case thwarts PAAC’s Bengal-Puerto Bueno probe

Gleaner on January 14th, 2021 | File Under Headline News -

An attempt by a parliamentary committee to dig into a controversial bid for a licence to allow mining in the ecologically sensitive Puerto Bueno Mountains came up empty-handed yesterday after the Attorney General’s Department cautioned them against…

more

Comment