Politics

Ministry details guidelines for public schools funding

REID... says the addition of two more schools to the standard choice of five has resulted in an eight per cent jump in the number of students who will be attending their preferred secondary school in SeptemberBryan Cummings

THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has announced details of the arrangements for the funding of secondary schools for the 2016/2017 school year. These changes are in keeping with the long-term goal of ensuring equity and access for all, and the provision of quality education, Educat ... Read More

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz (right) converses with Fabian Brown, councillor-caretake for the Trafalgar Division during  the Area One Council meeting yesterday. Gov’t on growth path
SENIOR members of the Government yesterday said the Administration was moving in the right direction ... Read More

Opposition spokesman on finance Dr Peter Phillips (file photo) Peter Phillips is on a witch-hunt
Dear Editor, It is obvious that Dr Peter Phillips has not learned from the surprise loss at the p ... Read More

Marlene Malahoo Forte,
Attorney General Apologise, Madam Attorney General
Dear Editor, On Tuesday, June 14, I got home from work and went to read the Observer online, as I a ... Read More

Merely shuffling the deck cannot refresh the PNP

Sunday, June 19, 2016    

Given the importance of the People’s National Party (PNP) to a thriving democracy in Jamaica, we hope that a full-fledged discussion is underway at all levels of the party on the Julian Robinson-led report on what went wrong in the last election campaign. Too often such reports become one -day wonders, only to be stacked away to gather dust on some forgotten shelf after all the noise and excitement has died down. It is our view that as the PNP contemplates regaining political office, it ... Read More

40 years after the infamous State of Emergency…

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 19, 2016    

DETAINED ... the cover of Pearnel Charles’s book which outlined his time in the detention camp

Forty years to the day after the imposition of a State of Emergency by the Jamaica Government, veteran parliamentarian Pearnel Charles remains peeved that he, among other detainees, has not been compensated by the State. Charles, now 80, was detained without charge shortly after then Prime Minister Michael Manley announced a State of Emergency on June 19, 1976. It was during the heart of the bloody, fierce campaign for the General Election, which would be held in December of that year. Charles ... Read More

Buchanan avoids South St Andrew race, backs Golding

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 19, 2016    

GOLDING ... the overwhelming favourite to become the next chairman of the St Andrew South constituencyKenyon Hemans

Former Member of Parliament Paul Buchanan has decided to stay out of the race to succeed Dr Omar Davies as MP, and has endorsed Senator Mark Golding as his choice for Chairman of the St Andrew South constituency. Buchanan told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that he had considered entering the race for chairman, and from there challenge for the job of MP when Davies leaves by August, the former Minister of Finance has already indicated. However, despite his “strong roots” in the cons ... Read More

Bunting upset over one Appraisal Committee finding

BY HORACE HINES Staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 19, 2016    

BY PETER BUNTING

ULSTER SPRING, Trelawny — At least one finding by the Appraisal Committee that was appointed to look into the general election defeat by the People’s National Party (PNP), has irritated the party’s former General Secretary, and Member of Parliament for Manchester Central Peter Bunting. Bunting, the Minister of National Security in the previous Administration, is fuming that of all the factors that the party’s 13-member Appraisal Committee found to have resulted in the Fe ... Read More

Hylton proposes term-limit for PNP chairmanship

Monday, June 13, 2016    

HYLTON... this change is essential to keeping the chairmanship position and party refreshed, renewed and sustainable

Anthony Hylton is proposing that a 10-year term limit be set for the chairmanship of the People’s National Party (PNP) as part of a number of recommendations that he believes will strengthen the position and the party in general. Hylton, who is currently deputy chairman of the Opposition party, also suggested that the chairman could remain in the role for an additional five years only by a vote at the annual conference, the PNP’s highest decision-making body. “This change is ... Read More

Politicians, a plague on your mansions!

Franklin Johnston | Friday, June 10, 2016    

Julian Robinson

Julian Robinson will be the next prime minister, as peeps say when a politician’s house appears on the front page it propels him to high office — check Andrew if you think is lie. The banner in The Star paper of June 3, ‘PNP MP buying $70m-plus house’ with Julian’s photo is prophecy. The story is, with help from family he and wife Mariame deposited on a house and The Star compares this to Andrew Holness’s spend of $52m cash to part-build his house — unfa ... Read More

PNP admits to election unpreparedness in latest post-mortem

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, June 10, 2016    

A woman rips her PNP T-shirt to shreds in protest against the party’s decision to not reinstate Raymond Pryce as the candidate for St Elizabeth North Eastern after a meeting at PNP headquarters in Kingston in this January file photo. The party says unresolved dispute concerning selection of candidates contributed to the February 25 General Election loss. Photo: Bryan Cummings

THE People’s National Party (PNP) yesterday admitted that it made several grave errors, including snubbing the political debates and initiating a row over Andrew Holness’ house, which caused the party to lose the February 25 General Election to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). A 13-member appraisal committee that was set up to probe the reasons it lost the election also concluded that the PNP was not “election ready” because of low worker morale, unresolved candidate sele ... Read More

Does Munroe only have strength for Holness?

Thursday, June 09, 2016    

Trevor Munroe

Dear Editor, Since Trevor Munroe has taken it upon himself to be Jamaica’s barometer on integrity, it would be good if he could declare his association with the infamous Workers Party of the 1970s for the benefit of Jamaicans born in that decade and later. For his nowadays pious, pope-like persona has left me to wonder if he has a double. His constant harping for disclosure on everything not related to the People’s National Party has only served to lay bare his allegiance. Is he ... Read More

Release the PNP report!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016    

Dear Editor, Finally the long-awaited report on why the People’s National Party (PNP) lost the election is ready. It has even been passed around senior members of the party’s hierarchy. The little that has made its way to the public and comments from those who have seen it is damning, to say the least. It speaks of political intrigue, factions, competing campaigns and plots — usually the domain of the Jamaica Labour Party. Old habits die hard, however, and it seems that the o ... Read More

Let them declare their hand!

Wednesday, June 08, 2016    

Julian Robinson

Dear Editor, In quick response to swirling arguments about his proposal to purchase a house, People’s National Party Deputy General Secretary Julian Robinson made public his assets to quell all arguments. Howzat!! For too long Andrew Holness has allowed the festering innuendos about his personal finances and the construction of his home to remain in gossip corners along the highways and byways. Holness promised to make a declaration of his assets by March 31, 2016, yet to date has no ... Read More



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