A Mark against Colin

People’s National Party contenders for the party’s St Andrew Southern constituency organisation Mark Golding (left) and Colin Campbell argue over developments in the campaign during a sitting of the Jamaica Observer Press Club in June this year.

Candidate for chairman of the People’s National Party’s (PNP) St Andrew Southern constituency organisation, Mark Golding, wants his challenger, Colin Campbell, to refrain from making statements critical of former Prime Minister PJ Patterson. Campbell, who is going up against the ministe ... Read More

Simpson Miller releases financial records
Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller yesterday released 10 years of her statutory declarations ... Read More

MCKENZIE ... what exists now is unworkable McKenzie concerned over Falmouth market construction
FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has expressed grave concern ov ... Read More

Blythe is a sacrificial lamb
Dear Editor, Politics can surely get interesting at times, can’t it? Now we hear that the le ... Read More

Phillips calls on PM to urgently address crime issue

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter | Thursday, July 21, 2016    

From left: Dr Dayton Campbell, Dr Peter Phillips and Dr Wykeham McNeill in attendance at the People’s National Party (PNP) North Trelawny Annual Constituency Conference held in Falmouth on Sunday. 

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Opposition Finance spokesman Dr Peter Phillips is calling on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to urgently address the crime issue affecting the country. “...And we need now the prime minister to step in and get a grip, especially as it was a central part of his proclamations before the elections,” Dr Phillips charged. He argued that currently the conflicting voices on crime coming from Government do not inspire much confidence. “... but even more ... Read More

A Rasta senator?

Thursday, July 21, 2016    

Dear Editor, Now that the Jamaica Labour Party is the Government of the day, they should make some constitutional changes which will allow an independent senator for people like the Rastafarians to have a voice in the Parliament of Jamaica. If Jamaica is a civilised democracy, the 15 per cent of the populace of Jamaica that is Rastafarian should have a voice in the business of Jamaica. The Rastafarian movement is older than the two political parties. Because of not having proper leadership, w ... Read More

‘PNP women will not be paying any school fees this term’

Monday, July 18, 2016    

President of the People’s National Party Women’s Movement, Jennifer Edwards,
(2nd right) and members of her excutive at the PNP women’s conference yesterday. (Lionel Rookwood)

Re-elected president of the People’s National Party Women’s Movement (PNPWM), Jennifer Edwards yesterday warned that the women of the movement would be not be paying any fees for their children to attend school come September. “Well I am a person who likes to believe my leader and follow my leader and the prime minster of Jamaica has told us that education is free, free, free, so the women of the PNPWM are sending their children to school in September without any fee, of any k ... Read More

Trinidad and Tobago PM here

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 18, 2016    

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Dr Keith Rowley (left) greets Juliet Holness, wife of Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre) on his arrival yesterday at the Norman Manley International Airport for a four-day official visit. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

PRIME Minister of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Dr Keith Rowley arrived in Jamaica yesterday at the start of a four-day offical visit that Kingston and Port of Spain are hoping will help restore a broken friendship and cauterise the deep wounds between the two Caribbean Community (Caricom) states. Dr Rowley, who is accompanied by his wife, Sharon, was met at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston by a welcoming party led by Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Foreign Minister Senator ... Read More

Portia warns PNP members trying to mash up the party

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 18, 2016    

Portia Simpson Miller arrives at Sunday’s Peoples National Party Woman’s Conference to a rousing greeting from party supporters (Lionel Rookwood)

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller, in an apparent message to her detractors who have been calling for her to step down, said that renewal does not mean getting rid of old members of the party or those who have dedicated their lives to the party. Since the People’s National Party (PNP) loss at the polls there have been calls for the party president to step down or to announce a timeline for her departure. But Simpson Miller, during her address at yesterday’s PNP Women’s ... Read More

Gov’t feels heat from Arscott over inadequate fire stations

Monday, July 18, 2016    

Noel Arscott

Opposition spokesperson for local government Noel Arscott has blamed the lack of support from the Government for what he said was the inadequacy of the Old Harbour Fire Department in St Catherine. Arscott cited the recent motor vehicle crash on the eastern leg of the P J Patterson Highway involving a public passenger bus and last Friday’s fire in the town of Old Harbour as examples of occasions when the fire department failed to mobilise. Arscott said that on both occasions the Old Har ... Read More

It’s official — DK is back!

Sunday, July 17, 2016    

HAYLES ... was not in favour of Duncan returning to Hanover Eastern

HOPEWELL, Hanover — The Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has confirmed that former Member of Parliament (MP) for Hanover Eastern Dr Donald Keith ‘D K’ Duncan has been unanimously elected as chairman of the party’s Hanover Eastern constituency organisation. Jamaica Observer West had first reported last Thursday that the veteran politician had returned to political administration in the constituency that he last represented in Parliament. Confirmation came y ... Read More

Norman Manley’s concept of socialism

BY PAUL BURKE | Sunday, July 17, 2016    

Michael Manley succeeded his father Norman as PNP president.

Adapted from an article written in 2005.   On Monday July 4, 2016, we marked 123 years since the birth of the Right Excellent Norman Washington Manley, national hero and one of the principal founders of the People’s National Party (PNP). It was also the 47th year since his passing in September 1969. His death at age 76 would have come six months after stepping down as president of the PNP in February 1969. Among the many things Norman Manley left the party was a legacy for patriot ... Read More

Senate passes amendments to Interpretation Act

Sunday, July 17, 2016    

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith

The maximum amount for fines that can be imposed by regulations made under Acts of Parliament has been increased to $1 million. This follows the passage of the Interpretation (Amendment) Act, 2016 in the Senate on Friday. The previous figure, contained in Section 29(b) of the Interpretation Act was set at $1,000, which has been deemed inadequate. Piloting the bill, leader of government business in the Senate, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, said the fine which this section prescribed “(w ... Read More

Senator Noel Sloley’s indiscretion

With Balford Henry | Sunday, July 17, 2016    

TAVARES FINSON... led expressions of sympathy to the people of France

President of the Senate Tom Tavares Finson led off the expected expressions of sympathy for the people of France in the wake of Thursday’s bloody mass killing in Nice, which has resulted in at least 84 deaths. However, it is obvious that neither Tavares Finson nor the Opposition members of the Senate could have anticipated the contribution of the veteran member from St James, Senator Noel Sloley. Tavares Finson noted that he had attended what should have been Thursday night’s celeb ... Read More



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