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Gov't Defends 200% Hike

Transport Minister, Dr. Omar Davies is defending the Government’s controversial move to increase the fares for senior citizens who take the Jamaica Urban Transit Company, JUTC, by 2-hundred percent.

Effective this Sunday the fares for senior citizens will be increased from 20-dollars to 60-dollars.

Dr. Davies says the Government in no...Read More »


IMF an Assault - Roberts

Head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Institute, Danny Roberts, says the current Extended Fund Facility Agreement with the IMF represents an assault on free collective bargaining by local teachers.

Mr. Roberts, who was speaking at the Jamaica Teachers’ Association’s 50th Annual Conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and...Read More »


Holness Blasts Education Minister

Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, says it’s clear Education Minister Ronald Thwaites and the Portia Simpson Miller administration do not have education as a priority.

Mr. Holness made the charge during a media briefing yesterday where he criticized Minister Thwaites’ use of the education budget.

The Opposition Leader also described as shameful, the...Read More »


Weak School Leadership!

Opposition Senator, Ruel Reid, is calling for greater professionalism to be applied in the appointment of Boards at Primary and Secondary schools.

Senator Reid was reacting to the findings of the latest National Education Inspectorate, NEI, Report released yesterday.

Among the main findings of the report was that there’s weak leadership in...Read More »


Economy Registers Growth

The economy has recorded its fourth consecutive quarter of growth, with GDP expanding by 1-point-2 percent in the April to June quarter.

The latest growth figures were provided by Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica, PIOJ, Collin Bullock, at the Institute’s Oxford Road offices this morning.

The economy recorded growth...Read More »


Mediocre Education

The National Education Inspectorate, NEI, says the country’s public education system is mediocre!

That’s the damning assessment it’s given in its latest report which was released today.

The assessment has been made after it inspected 84-percent of public schools across the island.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says he’s dissatisfied with this...Read More »


Opposition Battle Cry

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party, JLP, is warning that it will be heading to the streets to resist the announced increases in bus fares.

Addressing a media briefing at the labour party’s Belmont Road headquarters, a militant opposition leader, Andrew Holness, warned the Government not to impose the fare...Read More »


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