Roger Clarke — a PNP man who would visit any JLP area

Balaclava residents say this
housing scheme was the result
of intense lobbying by Clarke.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Retired educator Lenvas Cole, for many years a lead organiser for the People's National Party (PNP) in St Elizabeth North East, remembers very well a night before a parliamentary election in the 1990s. As Cole tells it, he and other Comrades were making last-minute ... Read More

KELLIER... Clarke respected all farmers and loved them very much (at left) CLARKE... died in the United States last Thursday Work to improve agriculture in Clarke's honour, Kellier pleads
BETHEL TOWN, Westmoreland — Acting Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier has c ... Read More

Practical nurses Marie McNaught (standing) and Esmin Stewart (left) check the blood pressure of patient Hortense Meggie. Charles pumps CDF money into education, health care
VETERAN parliamentarian Pearnel Charles Snr reiterated his commitment to education and health care, ... Read More

Roger Clarke although tied with his umbilical cord to the
People’s National Party always had time for others on the
other side of the political fence. Here Clarke (left) shares a
joke with Karl Samuda of the Jamaica Labour Party. Politicians praise Roger Clarke
POLITICIANS on both sides of the political aisle in Parliament yesterday expressed regret at the pas ... Read More

Farewell Roger!

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, August 29, 2014    

Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke
who said his final goodbye,

THE bell tolled yesterday for flamboyant and jovial Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Roger Harold Clifford Clarke. Clarke, 74, succumbed to what medical sources suspect to be a "massive heart attack" in the United States. Ironically, he was at a Florida airport awaiting a flight to Jamaica after being reportedly cleared by his doctors following back surgery and several weeks of rehabilitation when he fell ill for the final time. In the immediate and chaotic aftermath of the senior parliam ... Read More

Holness leads demonstration in HWT today against bus fare hike

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness (left) and member of
Parliament for North Central St Andrew Karl Samuda greet
supporters prior to the start of yesterday’s meeting.

A defiant Opposition Leader Andrew Holness says that he will be out this morning leading a peaceful demonstration against yesterday's increases in bus fares. Holness ignored the Government's compromise in halving the 200 per cent increase on fares for the elderly, stating that the country has now reached a point where the people cannot continue to accept increases triggered by the Government's inefficiency. He said that it is time that the Government learn that it has to stop compressing the e ... Read More

Report on children's homes in sex-ed controversy in Hanna's hands

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 25, 2014    

Youth and Culture
Minister Lisa Hanna
(centre) flanked by
Charles Young, chairman
of the Children’s Advisory
Panel at the Child
Development Agency
(CDA), and Diandra Dixon,
child ambassador for the
Kingston region at the
Office of Children’s
Registry, review the
programme for last
Thursday’s CDA National
Children’s Summit at the
Jamaica Conference
Centre in downtown
Kingston. (PHOTO:

A report on the operations of the six privately run children's homes in which the controversial sexual-education material was introduced by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) is now in the hands of Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna. Hanna made the disclosure last Thursday at the inaugural National Children's Summit held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston. The youth minister was down to speak on the content of the report, but said she could not do so having only received the doc ... Read More

Gov't promises strict monitoring of flexi-work arrangements

Monday, August 25, 2014    

MILLER... The flexi-work situation is expected to enhance the
business environment in Jamaica

CHIEF Technical Officer in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Errol Miller says that the ministry will closely monitor complaints under the impending flexi-work arrangements and take appropriate action where there are breaches. He also warned that an employer, who seeks to alter existing terms of a contract without the worker's consent could face court action for breach of contract or proceedings that would likely end up before the Industrial Disputes Tribunal. Miller, who was addressi ... Read More

Don't use my son's death as a political football, Mario Deane's mom pleads

Monday, August 18, 2014    

Dennis Meadows, the co-convenor of Citizens Action for Principle and Integrity (left) consoles
Mario Deane’s mother Mercia Frazer (second left) and his sister Sadeki Deane at a meeting in
Montego Bay last week.

MONTEGO BAY, St James — The mother of Mario Deane yesterday asked National Security Minister Peter Bunting and others not to use her son's death as a political football. Mercia Frazer made the request during a private visit by Bunting, Member of Parliament for Central St James Lloyd B Smith, Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Area 4 Warren Clarke, and Senior Superintendent of Police in charge of the St James Division Egbert Parkins yesterday at Rosemount in St James. De ... Read More

Thwaites laments troublesome teacher tenure system

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor - special assignment browni@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, August 18, 2014    

THWAITES… we don’t want to take away anything from anybody, but we want to
professionalise teaching in a way that gets the most out of the talents and the skills

Many of the nation's schools continue to have surplus teachers while others are struggling to meet the demand because of the tenure system which makes it impossible for the education ministry to relocate teachers to institutions where their skills are most needed. Education Minister Ronald Thwaites said although Jamaica has one of the best teacher-student ratios in the Caribbean, the problem is that teachers are not always placed where they are most useful. "They cannot be moved, so you find a ... Read More

Gov't moves to further strengthen early childhood education programme

Monday, August 18, 2014    

FOSTER… the ministry has embarked on a programme to
rationalise basic schools by merging them into infant
departments of primary schools

THE Ministry of Education is targeting the merger and/or construction of 200 early childhood institutions in the coming school year. The move comes as the Government continues to strengthen the early childhood programme. Addressing the Early Childhood Commission's 10th anniversary function last Monday at Tryall Club in Hanover, western regional director at the Ministry of Education, Hillary Foster, disclosed that the ministry has embarked on a programme to rationalise basic schools by merging ... Read More

Attorney renews call for end to fingerprinting of ganja convicts

Thursday, August 14, 2014    

Alando Terrelonge, G2K legal advisor (at right) speaks during a press conference called by G2K. At left: Floyd O’Brian Green takes notes of points raised by the G2K

LEGAL advisor to Jamaica Labour Party affiliate Generation 2000 (G2K), Alando Terrelonge, has reiterated the call for an end to the fingerprinting of people who are convicted on ganja charges. The attorney made the call Tuesday after two men, including an 18-year-old, were each fined $10,000 for smoking ganja and ordered fingerprinted. Additionally, several other men were fined $100 for possession of ganja plus an administrative cost of $5,000. "It cannot be that when police officers go out ... Read More

Pryce: Jamaica's image suffering over ganja spliff death

Monday, August 11, 2014    

PRYCE... you would not
believe the amount of e-mails
I have received from across
the globe regarding the story

JAMAICA's image is taking a beating over the controversial death of construction worker Mario Deane while in custody at the Barnett Street Police Station, St James, where he was being held for a ganja spliff. "You would not believe the amount of e-mails I have received from across the globe regarding the story," said an irate Raymond Pryce, the St Elizabeth North Eastern Member of Parliament who is at the forefront of efforts to reform Jamaica's ganja laws. "It matters not that the beating, wh ... Read More

Jubilee feels heat again

Monday, August 11, 2014    

Victoria Jubilee Hospital

MINISTER of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson might have ordered a probe into complaints of misconduct by members of staff at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital in West Kingston, but the howls of verbal protests by women who say that they were mistreated, continue. Yesterday, two women gave gripping accounts of what they said was treatment meted out to them by doctors, nurses, midwives, and nursing assistants at the maternity institution, and directed the Jamaica Observer to other women who were willing to ... Read More



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