JLP names female teacher as candidate for St Catherine North Central

Labourites gather in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, yesterday evening for the Jamaica Labour Party rally.

Kerensia Morrison, a teacher and the assistant general secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Area Council Two, has been named as the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) candidate for the St Catherine North Central constituency. Morrison’s selection was confirmed last night at the JLP&rsq ... Read More

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Ferguson Ombudsman to probe claim of political intimidation in St Thomas
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The PNP does not have legs to stand on!
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Delano Franklyn Garrisons not a problem for PNP
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Contractor general denies delaying investigations until after election

Monday, February 08, 2016    

CONTRACTOR General Dirk Harrison, has rejected as false, allegations that influential members of the governing People’s National Party (PNP) have instructed him to hold off on investigations into the controversial awarding of contracts in St Ann South Eastern until after the February 25 General Elections. Youth and Culture Minister Lisa Hanna is the member of parliament (MP) for the rural constituency that has gone through a political firestorm in recent times. “Your question is v ... Read More

Questions for Andrew Holness

Monday, February 08, 2016    

Andrew Holness (File photo)

Dear Editor, The Leader of the Opposition Andrew Holness has laid out his 10-point plan for “prosperity”, and I have a few questions for him: 1. How is it that at the end of the Jamaica Labour Party’s term in office, in 2011, you promised “bitter medicine” and now during the People’s National Party’s (PNP) term in office, only four years later, you are promising “prosperity”? 2. One of your prosperity goals is the increasing of the income ... Read More

No wide-scale lay-offs, but public sector to be restructured — Phillips

By Balford Henry Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, February 08, 2016    

Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr Peter Phillips, says there is no plan for wide-scale redundancies in the public service in 2016/17. Dr Phillips told the House of Representatives Tuesday, however, that there is a need to reorganise the sector to make it more efficient. He also reminded the House that the Government will need to repay some $62 billion as the first instalment on maturing bonds issued under the National Debt Exchange, which becomes due on February 10, the day after Nomination ... Read More

Rubio wilts, Trump strong in Republican debate

Monday, February 08, 2016    

Republican presidential candidate s Donald Trump (L) gets at his colleague and rival Marco Rubio during the Republican Presidential Candidates Debate on Saturday last.

MANCHESTER, United States (AFP) — Surging Republican hopeful Marco Rubio wilted under sustained attack in the latest US presidential debate, denting his stature going into tomorrow’s New Hampshire primary dominated by frontrunner Donald Trump. The telegenic, 44-year-old Florida senator who polls suggest has the best chance of winning the White House for the Republicans was savaged by his rivals late Saturday for his lack of experience, floundering on a debate stage where he often sh ... Read More

Party operatives said to be behind plot to kill former Spanish Town mayor

BY SUNDAY OBSERVER INVESTIGATOR | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

NOTICE ... shot at home by gunmen in December

The plot to kill former Mayor of Spanish Town Dr Raymoth Notice took on another dimension last night when information emerged that elements from the ruling People’s National Party (PNP) and the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) were involved in the attempt. Notice was hospitalised last December after he was shot three times by three men at his home in Bog Walk, St Catherine, in a brazen, early morning attack. He has since been released from hospital. Members of the police high comman ... Read More

Video: Lawyers battle for St Catherine East Central

BY KIMONE FRANCIS Sunday Observer staff reporter francisk@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Arnaldo Brown points to a $2.3-billion sewer that is currently under construstion in the constituency.

ARNALDO Brown says he is confident of victory, having spent, he claims, $3 billion on the young constituency of St Catherine East Central. But, despite Brown’s faith, the hierarchy of the governing People’s National Party (PNP) remains cautious, a party source has informed the Jamaica Observer. “It’s a battleground, advantage PNP,” the source said. “Neither of the two candidates has made any significant impact on the psyche of the constituents, so it will ta ... Read More

Second PNP candidate in tax problems

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

BLOOMFIELD... tax problems worsened after he broke his hip in March 2012

A second People’s National Party (PNP) candidate is indebted to the Government, in relation to taxes. Dr Lynvale Bloomfield on Thursday confirmed to the Jamaica Observer that he owes the State, but said he has been making payments agreed with the tax authorities. Bloomfield, who won the Portland Eastern seat in the 2011 General Election, said his tax problems worsened after he broke his hip in March 2012. “Remember, I had a major accident. It triggered off a whole heap of stuff, ... Read More

New Gov’t must address public sector performance, says Prof Wilson

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

WILSON... I don’t think there is anything that stifles economic development more than inefficiency.

Refreshing the public sector in order to make it meaningful and efficient must be the priority of the new Administration that will be elected on February 25, Jamaican-born, United States-based academic, Professor Basil ‘Bagga’ Wilson has said. The Provost Emeritus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and executive director of King Research Institute at Munroe College in New York, said that in order to arrive at efficiency, cutting the public service in terms of widescale redundan ... Read More

Bad roads, lack of water major factors in Hanover Eastern

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at-Large, Western Bureau cummingsm@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Hopewell resident Vernal Campbell points to a section of the Haddington road that is in a state of disrepair. (Photos: Philp Lemonte)

HOPEWELL, Hanover — The deplorable state of the roads and the lack of piped water in many communities in the constituency of Hanover Eastern could play a major factor in determining which candidate wins the seat on Election Day, February 25. On Tuesday, Lucea Mayor Wynter McIntosh, who is also the People’s National Party (PNP) councillor for the Chester Castle Division in the constituency, and the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP’s) Dave ‘Spoon’ Brown are expected ... Read More

Parliament dissolved and Standing Orders deficiency

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

The House of Representatives in session.

Parliament was dissolved on Friday, paving the way for the the February 25 general election. However, more than the fact that it was the last sitting of the Parliament which began in 2012, the members focused on paying tribute to the Speaker Michael Peart, who was retiring from representational politics after 22 years as the member for Manchester Southern. The outgoing Speaker’s career may not seem as exciting as it could be. However, it is interesting to take note that Manchester South ... Read More



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