Ashley-Ann Foster wins poll to replace Lloyd B

Ashley Ann Foster is hoisted by her supporters at the Farm Heights Community Centre in St James Central last night, shortly
before she was declared winner of the selection exercise to represent the People’s National Party. (PHOTO: ANTHONY LEWIS)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — People's National Party (PNP) delegates in St James Central voted yesterday for attorney Ashley-Ann Foster to represent the party in the constituency in the next general election. The 26-year-old Foster polled 252 votes, while her opponent Henry McCurdy, also an attorn ... Read More

Hand foot & mouth or foot in mouth?
What a week my party has had! Two Prime Ministers in one week! Nuh whey nuh nice like orange party c ... Read More

GOLDING… the Super Eight Opposition Senators must dig
deep and do the right thing. 'Don't etch your names on the wrong side of history'
ROSE HALL, St James — Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding is urging Opposition Senators agai ... Read More

St Ann South Eastern MP Lisa Hanna (centre) is embraced by supporters after she emerged as the winner of yesterday’s
People’s National Party candidate selection at Ferncourt High School in the parish. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) Lisa prevails
EMBATTLED Member of Parliament for St Ann South Eastern Lisa Hanna was yesterday selected by delegat ... Read More

PNP National Executive Council returned

Monday, September 28, 2015    


RUNAWAY BAY, St Ann -- The People's National Party National Executive Council has largely remained the same following yesterday's meeting at the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel in this parish. In fact, the only change to the executive was Wentsworth Skeffery, who was added to the list of deputy general secretaries, bringing the number of people holding that post to four. Robert Pickersgill was returned as chairman with all other members returning to the positions they held previously on the executi ... Read More

Lisa says no money allocated for Prickly Pole

Saturday, September 26, 2015    

HANNA… the allegations are baseless

SOUTH East St Ann Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna has dismissed allegations that she had allocated $3 million for paving the grounds of the Prickly Pole Primary and Infant School in her constituency. The MP's response to the controversial issue came late Thursday night, hours after residents of Prickly Pole and surrounding communities staged a demonstration in Claremont to protest against the sacking of Vinette Robb-Oddman as board chair of the school by the education minister Wednesday evening ... Read More

Reach out to uncommitted, Holness tells supporters

Friday, September 25, 2015    

HOLNESS… hold their hand,
talk to them and bring them to
the JLP

OPPOSITION Leader Andrew Holness last weekend challenged members and supporters of his Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to "work feverishly" to attract uncommitted voters to the party. Speaking at a divisional conference in the Southern Manchester community of Grove Town, Holness urged Labourites to reach out to uncommitted voters because they have the power to impact the political landscape in a significant way. "The Jamaica Labour Party must make itself the home that receives the support of the ... Read More

Green questions charge for PATH lunches at Black River

Friday, September 25, 2015    

Floyd Green (file photo)

JAMAICA Labour Party caretaker for South West St Elizabeth Floyd Green has expressed concern over the decision for Black River High School to charge students who are on the Government-administrated Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) Programme for the provision of lunches. "On my most recent visit to the school I was bombarded by complaints from students, parents, and teachers that lunches which were last year free for PATH students are now being sold for $100. This is ... Read More

Chang: The PNP can't trick the people anymore

Wednesday, September 23, 2015    

CHANG… the prime minister gave a speech filled with factual

GENERAL Secretary of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party Dr Horace Chang says he is disappointed, but not surprised, by Sunday's presentation of People's National Party (PNP) president and prime minister, Portia Simpson Miller, saying she has proven that she and her party do not have what it takes to move Jamaica forward. "The PNP has finally resurrected the prime minister, but it continues to fall short of ideas. Instead, it uses a strategy of misinformation to try to trick the Jamaican people ... Read More

JLP: Decision for Ferguson to address PNP conference a ‘slap in the face’

Wednesday, September 23, 2015    

FERGUSON… under fire

OPPOSITION Spokesperson for Health Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte says the decision by the ruling People's National Party (PNP) to allow Health Minister Fenton Ferguson to address the public session of the party's annual conference was "a slap in the face". "Dr Ferguson is widely regarded as the face of failure for this PNP Government, yet the PNP continues to reward him and expects everyone else to do the same. "We can no longer accept such contempt for the people of Jamaica," Senator Malahoo ... Read More

It’s progress - Portia goes after child abusers

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Observer senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaiaobserver.com | Monday, September 21, 2015    

President of the People’s National Party (PNP), Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (second right), and former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson (right) salute the
crowd at the 77th staging of the PNP’s general conference at the national arena yesterday. Also on stage are Senate President Floyd Morris and Senator Imani

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller used the platform of the People's National Party's (PNP) 77th annual conference to tout an agenda of progress and prosperity, while saying very little on the issue of crime which many were expecting her to address. On the issue of crime, which the Opposition on Friday insisted that the prime minister address at the conference, Simpson Miller said the Government is improving the operational capabilities of the security forces, and highlighted the passage of s ... Read More

Let us not tear ourselves apart, PJ tells conference

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 21, 2015    

Former prime minister, PJ Patterson, underscores a point in his
address to enthused supporters at the 77th annual conference
of the People’s National Party (PNP) held at the National Arena

FORMER Prime Minister PJ Patterson told yesterday's annual conference of the People's National Party (PNP) that the party has no intention of turning back. "We have proven the test of time. No matter, the power, the force, the enemy, the foe, we are not going to turn back," Patterson told the packed National Arena in Kingston, as the three-day 77th annual conference of the ruling party drew to a close. "Let us not tear ourselves apart, this is a time for love, this is a time for peace... Speak ... Read More

Mixed support for embattled MPs at party conference

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 21, 2015    

Portland Eastern Comrades show their support for Dr Lynvale
Bloomfield with this banner as they protested peacefully
outside the National Arena against Andrea Moore.

THERE was mixed support for the embattled People's National Party's (PNP) members of parliament (MPs) at the party's 77th annual conference, as constituents openly declared their approval or dissatisfaction with the selection process which has already eliminated some political representatives from being standard- bearers in the next general election. One constituency which showed an obvious division was that of Portland Eastern where some Comrades staged a mini protest outside the arena to show ... Read More

‘Get enumerated and vote!

Monday, September 21, 2015    

County Clerk Kim Davis was jailed in the US for refusing to
issue marriage licences to same-sex couples.

"As the country approaches a general election, Jamaica CAUSE will take the opportunity to encourage every Jamaican of voting age, including Christians, to get enumerated and use their vote to protect family value," the group said in a release to the press. "The United States, which earlier this year sent its LGBT Special Envoy Randy Berry to Jamaica, has committed to advancing LGBT rights globally. Secretary of State John Kerry has described the mission as the heart and conscience of that count ... Read More



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