Gov’t working with FAO to develop insurance scheme for farmers

By |2018-02-22T14:53:54+00:00February 22nd, 2018|news|

Principal Director, Planning and Policy, Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Shaun Baugh, addresses the opening session of the Food and Agriculture Organisation's (FAO) national consultation to discuss priorities for Jamaica's food and nutrition security and rural development held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on February 20. KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — [...]

Jamaica improves on Corruption Perception Index but still has work to do

By |2018-08-17T06:54:26+00:00February 22nd, 2018|news|

Professor Trevor Munroe (second left), executive director of the National Integrity Action (NIA), in discussion with (from left) Andrew Colburn of USAID, Fitz Jackson and Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck at NIA’s St Andrew office yesterday. The occasion was to present the findings of the 2017 Corruption Perception Index. Jamaica has risen 15 places in [...]

Pension fund for tourism workers by June, says Bartlett

By |2018-08-17T06:54:26+00:00February 22nd, 2018|news|

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is promising that the long-awaited pension scheme for tourism workers is to come on stream in June. Speaking on Monday, Bartlett said the final touches were being put in place for the launch of the scheme by midyear. He said the tourism ministry has been sensitising workers in the sector over [...]

‘Act to check fatalities’

By |2018-08-17T06:54:26+00:00February 21st, 2018|news|

Dr Lucien Jones, vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), said he is optimistic that the new Road Traffic Act will help to reduce road fatalities and injuries. The Act was passed by the Lower House in Parliament last Tuesday and carries stringent fines or even imprisonment for traffic offences. The Road Traffic Bill [...]

Billy Craig celebrates 55 years with full slate of changes

By |2018-08-17T06:54:26+00:00February 21st, 2018|news|

Billy Craig offices in Montego Bay Billy Craig Insurance Brokers (BCIB) has introduced what it has described as “an exciting new system” for the online enrolment of employee benefits. In a news release on the new development earlier this week, BCIC said that its new online form is the first of its kind in Jamaica [...]

Briefing | Scrutinising the budgetary expenditure for the 2018-2019 fiscal year

By |2018-08-17T06:54:26+00:00February 21st, 2018|news|

In this 2017 file photo, a workers is seen conducting a land survey along Barbican Road in St Andrew to facilitate the widening of the road. 1 2 An estimated $773 billion is expected to be spent by the Government during the next fiscal year (FY) as the items of expenditure for the 2018-2019 Budget [...]

Port of Kingston upgraded to accommodate extra large container ships

By |2018-02-21T16:08:47+00:00February 21st, 2018|news|

Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited says the Port of Kingston is now able to accommodate the extra large container ships with the completion of upgrades on section one of the Kingston Container Terminal. Kingston Freeport says the upgrading, along with the completion of dredging to deepen the shipping channel, makes it possible for Jamaica to accept [...]

Finance minister welcomes last- quarter growth

By |2018-08-17T06:54:26+00:00February 21st, 2018|news|

MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw has welcomed the 1.1 per cent growth in the economy for the October to December quarter in 2017. “It's still a modest growth figure but at least we are going in the right direction. And I think that what we have to do now is drill [...]

Sigma pulls record crowd for a cause

By |2018-08-17T06:54:26+00:00February 21st, 2018|news|

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (foreground) is pleased as he completes the race. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) A total of 26,519 people participated in yesterday's Sagicor Sigma Corporate Run, the largest number yet in the annual 5K road race held to raise money for charity. Organisers said they realised the $50-million target and will disburse the funds [...]

Robinson opens debate on long-delayed OSHA Bill

By |2018-08-17T06:54:27+00:00February 21st, 2018|news|

Contract workers concerned for years about the interpretation of their form of employment in local industrial relations legislation, should find some relief in the new Occupational Safety and Health Bill. Minister of Labour and Social Security, Shahine Robinson, has noted that the Bill advances an expanded definition of “worker”, in contrast to the “narrow” use [...]

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