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Stories by Arthur Hall/Associate Editor

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

The decline in the value of the Jamaican dollar replaced crime as the major concern for businesses in determining their investment decisions.Since 2001, when the first quarterly Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) Business and Consumer Confidence...

Published:Wednesday | October 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Local businesses have cooled their expectations for growth in the economy but consumers remain gung-ho about Jamaica's economic prospects.That is among the major findings of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce Business and Consumer Confidence Survey for...

Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has vowed that the Government will use every legal tool at its disposal to erode the capacity of criminals to spread mayhem across the island.Addressing a hastily called press conference at Jamaica House yesterday to...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Education minister Ruel Reid is seeking to allay the fears of the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) that the Government is set to change the operations of the well-respected National Council on Education.Since 1993, the National Council on...

Published:Saturday | September 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Rain could be a decisive factor when People's National Party (PNP) delegates meet to elect four vice-presidents today.Just over 3,100 delegates are on the voters' list, and vice-presidential elections usually attract about 80 per cent of those...

Published:Friday | September 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

The People's National Party (PNP) will use its 80th annual general conference next weekend to outline its plans to take Jamaica forward if it is elected to form the next government.PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson says that while the party has...

Published:Friday | August 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Questions by members of the Andrew Holness administration about the accuracy of the growth numbers produced by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) should now be put to rest following a presentation to the Cabinet by the agency.Minister...

Published:Wednesday | August 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Members of Parliament's Constituency Development Fund Committee yesterday blasted school administrators who continued to demand the payment of auxiliary fees before students are admitted.During a special sitting of the CDF committee yesterday...

Published:Wednesday | August 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Concerns by members of the board of the St Ann Development Company (SADCO) about ticket revenue being generated at Dunn's River Falls and Park have prompted a major investigation. The police Fraud Squad, Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption...

Published:Monday | August 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

There will be no Independence celebrations for residents of 68 and 70 Bond Street in Denham Town, west Kingston, today. They will instead spend the day trying to make preparations to move on with their lives after fire ravaged their houses yesterday...

Published:Tuesday | July 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Two men, a Jamaican and a Trinidadian, are now in custody as the police probe the gruesome find of a partially decomposed body in an apartment on Whalley Close in Mona, St Andrew.The police are awaiting the DNA results to establish the identity of...

Published:Tuesday | May 22, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Almost seven in every 10 Jamaicans would not recommend an abortion to a friend who is faced with an unwanted pregnancy.Only one in seven persons (14 per cent) would recommend the termination of the pregnancy, while 17 per cent would give their...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

The island's public school teachers should see a five per cent increase in their basic salaries come payday next month.The teachers will also see increases in several allowances, plus any top-up that they may be due on the five per cent retroactive...

Published:Monday | May 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

While seven out of every 10 Jamaicans are firmly against abortion on demand, an equal number are adamant that it is the woman's right to determine if she is going to terminate an unwanted pregnancy and not the Government's.That's the finding of a...

Published:Wednesday | May 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

The governing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is preparing to vigorously defend the National Identification and Registration Act, better known as the NIDS Act, which is now the subject of a court challenge by the parliamentary Opposition.JLP sources...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Ethel Pete-Smith was in bed with the pitter-patter of the rain on her roof lolling her to sleep when she heard a loud rumbling, then a crash, as the wall to rear of her house at 19 Harbour Drive in Harbour View, St Andrew, collapsed.The floodwaters...

Published:Tuesday | May 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

The fear was evident in the faces of several residents on Harbour Drive in Harbour View, St Andrew, yesterday, as they prayed for an ease in the rain that lashed the community Sunday evening into Monday morning.More rain over the next 24 hours could...

Published:Wednesday | May 2, 2018 | 12:02 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

At 45-year-old Sandra 'Pagey' Heron is mother to the four children she gave birth to, six she has unofficially adopted and scores of others, she is determined to keep out of trouble in the east Portland community of Manchioneal."I do it out of the...

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

A split in the deadly Clansman gang has been playing out violently across sections of the St Catherine North Police Division and is believed to be the main driver behind a 60 per cent increase in murders in the area since the start of this year.With...

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

New police commissioner could look to the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) to bolster his management team as he takes office.There is growing speculation that former head of the JDF, Major General Antony Anderson, will look to his former colleagues for...

Published:Saturday | March 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Stunned by the level of hurt being caused by persons involved in the illegal burning of tyres around the Riverton City dump, Minister with Responsibility for the Environment Daryl Vaz has vowed to introduce a zone of special operations (ZOSO)-type...

Published:Friday | February 16, 2018 | 12:10 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

There are sizable increases for national security, education, tourism, the Office of the Prime Minister, and road repairs in the Government's Budget for the new fiscal year despite a $31 billion cut in the planned expenditure.The Government is...

Published:Thursday | February 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Jamaicans should know how much the Government plans to spend in the new fiscal year when the Estimates of Expenditure for 2018-2019 are tabled in Parliament this afternoon.Before that, the broad outlines of projects and legislative agenda for the...

Published:Friday | February 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

The owners of Caricel, Jamaica have sold their controlling interest to a South African entity, Involution Limited, ending a long running nightmare for the Andrew Holness administration.Since early last year, the Government has been trying to ease...

Published:Wednesday | January 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMArthur Hall/Associate Editor

Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips says the People's National Party (PNP) is ready to enter talks with the Government on a national anti-crime plan, but he argues that it was up to the Andrew Holness administration to take the lead."We have urged...

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