Knight irked by ‘politically exposed’ label

KNIGHT... we have to
tread carefully

A new method of keeping politics out of public commissions, which is being tested under the new Integrity Commission Act, has met opposition in the joint select committee appointed to review the provisions of the Bill. The first real test came yesterday after Contractor General Dirk Harrison made a ... Read More

LAWRENCE… fighting to stay
as caretaker JLP caretaker gets injunction to prevent removal
THE Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Othniel Lawrence yesterday obtained an injunction in the Supreme Co ... Read More

FALCONER… I will not be badgered by the media Jamaica House drama
THERE were tense moments at Jamaica House yesterday as minister with responsibility for information, ... 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

Criminal record for people caught stealing electricity

Monday, November 24, 2014    

ROBINSON... we will do everything to put an end to electricity theft

PEOPLE caught stealing electricity will soon be facing stiffer penalties, including getting a criminal record, when convicted. State minister in the Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Julian Robinson, made the announcement during the recent signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) and the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) for a pilot community renewal programme, STEP-UP (Skills, Training, Education and Progress through Utility Partn ... Read More

OAS hails Jamaica's push for campaign financing reform

BY INGRID BROWN Associate Editor — Special Assignment browni@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November 24, 2014    

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.

JAMAICA'S push for legislation to address the issue of political campaign financing has come in for commendation from Organisation of American States (OAS) Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza. The head of the OAS, who was a guest at the Jamaica Observer Press Club at the newspaper's head office in Kingston last Thursday, said this will pave the way for other countries in the region to follow suit. "The most important thing we can do from here is not only support the Jamaican initiative to ha ... 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



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