Wheatley outlines 'work from home' proposal

Andrew Wheatley (file photo)

OPPOSITION spokesman on science, ICT and digital economy development, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has proposed an initiative through which specific public sector jobs could be done by workers utilising technology from home. The initiative, called the Electronic Home Office Mode of Employment (e-HOME), woul ... Read More

SAMUDA ... we are tired of empty promises Opposition surprised at lack of monitoring at industry ministry
THE failure of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) to monitor and evaluate the ... Read More

A section of the sidewalk
on West Palm Avenue. Some improvement, but problems still plague Port Antonio
Today we start a new series on Jamaica's parish capitals and major towns, with particular focus on t ... Read More

PHILLIPS… we will continue
to honour our commitments Phillips says Opposition 'making a mockery' of IMF test passes
MINISTER of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips has accused the Opposition of "belittling and mak ... Read More

NIF will remain viable, says minister

Friday, March 27, 2015    

Minister of Finance Peter Phillips

MINISTER of Finance and Planning Peter Phillips says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) will remain viable, despite concerns being raised about its sustainability. The minister was closing the 2015/16 budget debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Dr Phillips told the Lower House that an actuarial review had already been undertaken to assess the sustainability of the pension fund in the medium-to long-term period. "That report will be tabled in the House in April. In fact, a road ... Read More

Holness says Gov’t knows nothing about growing economy

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 20, 2015    

Andrew Holness

LEADER of the Opposition Andrew Holness warned yesterday that if the Government fails to meet its $12-billion tax compliance target in 2015/16, there is the likelihood of another tax package to fill the gap. "... Don't be surprised if you wake up one morning and find that the minister of finance drops an additional $12 billion in taxes," he told the House of Representatives in his contribution to the 2015/16 budget debate. "He (finance minister) is like that; the minister doesn't want to see y ... Read More

Shaw: Riverton fires could affect growth projections

Friday, March 20, 2015    

A firefighter trains his
hose onto the fire at
the Riverton dump.

OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, has warned that the frequency of fires at the Riverton City dump in Kingston could affect growth projections. Shaw told the House of Representatives, during the budget debate on Tuesday, that the fire shows that in considering growth strategies, the country has to be careful that it doesn't do things that subtract from growth, which is what the Riverton fire will do. "At last count, hundreds of Jamaicans showed up at the health facilit ... Read More

Holness wants SLB to get part of funding allocated to colleges

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 20, 2015    

HOLNESS… Government
needs to make up its mind on
the funding of tertiary

OPPOSITION leader Andrew Holness proposed yesterday that the Government redirect a portion of its annual subvention to tertiary institutions to the Students' Loan Bureau (SLB) to enable it to provide more loans to borrowers. He said this stream of funds could be used for special low interest rate loans, of not more than two per cent, which students would be allowed up to 30 years to repay. "In other words, the allocation that the Government makes on an annual basis to the universities, it coul ... Read More

Shaw wants urgent actuarial review of NIF

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 20, 2015    

Audley Shaw

OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, has called for an urgent actuarial review of the National Insurance Fund (NIF). "The National Insurance Fund is paying out more money than it is receiving, which is being augmented by income from investments and loans and which, I believe, is not a sustainable formula to run a State pension fund in the medium to long-term period," Shaw told the House of Representatives Tuesday in his contribution to the Budget Debate. "This urgently re ... Read More

'If you don't like Andrew, leave'

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at- Large, Western Bureau cummings@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 16, 2015    

SMITH... If you are not satisfied with our leader there are other
places you can go, but you cannot stay within the four corners
of our organisation and tear it down

HAGUE, Trelawny — Former Member of Parliament and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for North Trelawny Ernest Smith has thrown down the gauntlet to those in the party opposed to the leadership of party president Andrew Holness, urging them to leave the organisation. "To those detractors of our leader, to them I say, 'If you are not satisfied with our leader there are other places you can go, but you cannot stay within the four corners of our organisation and rather than helping to buil ... Read More

Bobby retires Sandra Nesbeth; SSP Amos is up next

Monday, March 02, 2015    

(L)Robert Pickersgill & (R)SSP Newton Amos

After five consecutive general election beatings by People’s National Party (PNP) Chairman Robert ‘Bobby’ Pickersgill in the contest for North West St Catherine, Dr Sandra Nesbeth has thrown in the towel, ending one of the longest and most dogged political fights. Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) sources immediately began touting retired Senior Superintendent of Police Newton Amos among hopefuls who wish to succeed Nesbeth, a medical doctor, as the party’s caretaker and candid ... Read More



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