Jamaica House drama

FALCONER… I will not be badgered by the media

THERE were tense moments at Jamaica House yesterday as minister with responsibility for information, Sandrea Falconer, defended the decision taken by Cabinet regarding the embattled board of the National Housing Trust (NHT). It appeared that the minister came prepared to answer questions on Govern ... Read More

Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, Andrew Holness Opposition walks out of House after PM refuses to answer questions
OPPOSITION parliamentarians walked out of the House of Representatives yesterday in protest against ... Read More

ROBINSON... we will do everything to put an end to electricity theft Criminal record for people caught stealing electricity
PEOPLE caught stealing electricity will soon be facing stiffer penalties, including getting a crimin ... Read More

Organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary General Jose
Miguel Insulza addressing last Thursday’s sitting of the
Jamaica Observer Press Club at the newspaper’s head office in
Kingston. At left is Jeanelle van GlaanenWeygel, the
representative inside the OAS General Secretariat in Jamaica.
(PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) OAS hails Jamaica's push for campaign financing reform
JAMAICA'S push for legislation to address the issue of political campaign financing has come in for ... Read More

D-Day for NHT Board?

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November 24, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia
Simpson Miller to make
public announcement on
NHT board after Cabinet
meeting today.

WHATEVER happens today in cabinet, the members of the National Housing Trust's (NHT) board are not planning on resigning voluntarily over the fallout from the Outameni purchase, despite its membership falling below the lower limit of nine members under the provisions of the NHT Act. Asked whether that was the objective of a press briefing, which the board has called for its New Kingston car park complex this morning at 11:00 am, a board member said it was the first he was hearing that issue rai ... Read More

Tourism minister commits $200m from TEF to assist PICA

Monday, November 24, 2014    

Tourism Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill

TOURISM Minister Dr Wykeham McNeill says that the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) has committed an additional $200 million over the next five years to enhancing the work of the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA). "We have done a lot of work with PICA, the passport and immigration department, and over the next five years, the Tourism Enhancement Fund will be spending somewhere around $200 million on enhancing the work of PICA," Dr McNeill announced while addressing the Annual Tou ... Read More

Gov't senator urges amending Noise Abatement Act

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

Patrons at a recent Mojito Mondays session in Kingston. Government Senator
Sophia Frazer-Binns is arguing that the provisions of the Noise Abatement Act
limits the ability of the nocturnal economy to grow as Jamaican party-goers
generally do not attend parties until after midnight and, usually, party until four or
five am.

Government Senator Sophia Frazer-Binns says that the State should remove the curfew on night entertainment and allow music sessions to go beyond the 2:00 am limit, to empower the nocturnal economy. She said that amending the Noise Abatement Act to allow longer hours for entertainment, as well as creating entertainment zones and promoting the construction of enclosed venues, would prod the development of the entertainment industry. This would impact on employment opportunities, earnings and pro ... Read More

Senator Nicholson in sackcloth

With Balford Henry | Sunday, November 23, 2014    

NICHOLSON… a convincing apology. FRAZER-BINNS… called for the Noise
Abatement Act to be amended, to
allow the dancehall industry to thrive
as a nocturnal product

HAVING known Senator AJ Nicholson for more than two decades, I never expected to see him wearing sackcloth. Certainly not the man who gave Ferdie Yap a political whipping in West Central St Andrew in 1989, and served in portfolios such as attorney general and minister of justice between 1995 and 2007. However, now 72 years old and in the twilight of his political career, the goodly senator explained, while apologising to the Senate for his behaviour on October 31, that "despite my rainments" - ... Read More

NHT board crippled

BY DESMOND ALLEN Executive Editor - Special Assignment allend@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, November 21, 2014    

(L-R) WATSON... sacked last year. CUTHBERT... is reported to have come under intense pressure from the JEF board

The beleaguered National Housing Trust (NHT) was last night facing a new dilemma as a third director, Brenda Cuthbert of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF), indicated she would resign today, effectively crippling the board. If Cuthbert tenders her resignation to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller as signalled, it would mean that the board of the State-run housing agency would have only eight sitting members, or one short of the nine necessary for a quorum, and so could not meet. Cuthber ... Read More

Opposition wants PNP treasurer off NHT board

Friday, November 21, 2014    

HORNE… confirmed as PNP treasurer in July this year

THE Opposition has called for the immediate removal of People's National Party (PNP) treasurer Norman Horne as a member of the board of the National Housing Trust (NHT). "I can't believe how barefaced this government is," Opposition spokesman on finance and planning Audley Shaw said, as he made the call at the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP's) post conference briefing at Belmont Road in Kingston Tuesday. Shaw was supported by both Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, who noted that Horne, a business ... Read More

Rights group slaps JLP over CCJ position

Thursday, November 20, 2014    

Jamaica Labour Party President Andrew Holness (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

THE Independent Jamaica Council For Human Rights (IJCHR) says it is "immensely shocked" by a statement by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness that the Jamaica Labour Party had no interest in terminating appeals to the United Kingdom-based Privy Council and adopt the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the nation's final court of appeal. "The Privy Council was applied to Jamaica as an integral part of the imperial dominance. It is, therefore, a relic of colonialism. It symbolises institutional depe ... Read More

PM faces more questions on Outameni

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

Leader of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party Andrew
Holness (right) consults with the party’s chairman, Robert
Montague, during a press conference in Kingston yesterday.

In the questions, which he tabled in the House of Representatives in the absence of Simpson Miller from the sitting, Holness asked: 1 Will the prime minister state whether she received correspondence or information from a Mr Lennie Little-White or any party, within or external to the Government, offering for sale or advising of the acquisition of lands and/or other assets related to the Outameni Experience, and if so when did she receive such correspondence or information? 2 Will the prime m ... Read More

JLP Gov't will reform students' loan programme — Holness

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November 17, 2014    

Jubilant JLP supporters cheer during yesterday’s annual
conference in the National Arena.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness told Labourites attending the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP') 71st Annual Conference in Kingston yesterday that the party will reform the students' loan programme if elected at the next general election. "I am tired of hearing young people come to me with, 'mi cyan pay mi university fees'. Whole heap a dem coming... We will reform the student loan programme to make sure that any Jamaican who wants to go and study in a university can get that opportunity," Holness ... Read More

JLP says Gov’t lost $80m on Outameni before NHT purchase

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November 17, 2014    

Opposition Leader
Andrew Holness
addressing the JLP’s
71st Annual
Conference at the
National Arena,

AUDLEY Shaw yesterday described events surrounding the Outameni saga as a web of deception and said that prior to the $180-million spent last year for the purchase of the Trelawny property, the Government-owned Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) wrote off $80 million in liability owed by the company. Shaw levelled the charge at the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP’s) 71st Annual Conference at the National Arena in Kingston where he joined JLP and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness in drawi ... Read More



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