Golding gets ‘Jungle’ fever

People’s National Party spokesman on Justice Mark Golding plays a game of dominoes with Arnett Gardens residents yesterday during his tour of the St Andrew Southern constituency.Llewellyn Wynter

OPPOSITION spokesman on justice Senator Mark Golding yesterday went on a tour of Arnett Gardens, more popularly known as ‘Concrete Jungle’, in what appeared to be an exploration on his slow march towards representational politics. “Come meet yuh next MP,” some of the people ... Read More

SIMPSON MILLER ... her story demonstrates how ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things         Jamaica Observer file                       Key issues facing the PNP and the paper groups that are mashing it up
This is a lightly edited version of an address given by Member of Parliament for St Ann North Wester ... Read More

Opposition People’s National Party MP Peter
Bunting speaking at last night’s town hall
meeting. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Bunting wants term limits for PNP leadership
Peter Bunting last night called for a “systematic renewal of leadership” of the Oppositi ... Read More

Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw PNP has no right to power; ignore them Audley
Dear Editor, I wish to use your medium to lend my support to letter-writer Elliot Penn, who describ ... Read More

Comrades accuse PNP of not doing enough for Jamaicans

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, April 25, 2016    

People’s National Party members, including General Secretary Paul Burke (foreground) and member of parliament for St Andrew Western Anthony Hylton (left) listen to one of the speakers at yesterday’s Grassroot Reasoning of the party at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.Photo: Joseph Wellington

Hardcore supporters of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) went to the Jamaica Conference in downtown Kingston yesterday, baring their souls in a reasoning session during which they accused the party of failing the people of Jamaica miserably and stated that it had deviated from its core principle of democratic socialism to become a capitalist movement. During the frank and highly emotive forum dubbed ‘Comrades Grassroot Reasoning’, the party was also criticised for n ... Read More

Pearnel sticking to his wig

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Don’t expect new Speaker of the House of Representatives Pearnel Charles to throw his wig (also referred to as cap) in the garbage any time soon. Charles, a veteran member of the House, raised eyebrows and ushered in unlimited chatter when he donned the once discarded wig shortly after he was elected the 16th Speaker of the House of Representatives last month. The wig, according to critics of the item, represents one of the last bastions of colonialism, and injects interest in a neo-colo ... Read More

McKenzie orders return of tank to St Catherine community

Friday, April 22, 2016    

The tank was one of two that stored water pumped from a well nearly a mile away.

MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has condemned the removal of a huge water tank from the community of Hampshire in rural St Catherine by parish council representatives on Monday. “I have personally condemned the action and issued instructions to the mayor of Spanish Town to have it returned to Hampshire,” McKenzie told the Jamaica Observer, yesterday. “I have asked the mayor for a report on why it was removed in the first place, where i ... Read More

Get over yourself, PNP, and stop the ‘badmindedness’

Friday, April 22, 2016    

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller (Michael Gordon)

Dear Editor, Against my better judgement, I wanted to believe that the People’s National Party (PNP) was mature and sensible enough to realise that the new Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Government cannot fulfil all its promises in the less than 100 days since it took office. I have only myself to blame for thinking that the PNP would quickly get over its electoral loss and put away its customary ‘badmindedness’. But it remains true that a leopard cannot change its spots. No soo ... Read More

Push for improved co-ordination among regional health authorities

Friday, April 22, 2016    

Minister of Health Dr Christopher Tufton

HEALTH Minister Dr Christopher Tufton says the ministry is looking to strengthen co-ordination among the four Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), particularly as it relates to the sharing of expertise. “We are looking at things like telemedicine, because you have the experts at the University Hospital of the West Indies, who can provide support to Savanna-la-Mar, for example. The truth is, people administer health care between India and America all the time through technology, so it is n ... Read More

We are not holding our breath on Mr Warmington

Friday, April 15, 2016    

St Catherine South Western Member of Parliament Everald

We can’t say we are surprised that Prime Minister Andrew Holness, holding a one-seat majority in the Parliament, would have been forced to reward members of his party who brought home seats in the general election but whom he would have ignored had the margin of victory been wide. What we can say, however, is that we are disappointed that Mr Holness, despite this parliamentary handicap, did not stand up for principle when he appointed Mr Everald Warmington a junior minister. Mr Warmingto ... Read More

Removal of Queen as head of State, fixed election date and term limit for PM

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 15, 2016    

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen arrives for the ceremonial opening of Parliament, where he delivered the Throne Speech, outling the Governmant’s plan for the new fiscal year. (Photo: Joseph Wellington)

THE Government has signalled that it intends to make good on its promise to sever colonial ties with Britain by bringing a Constitution amendment bill to Parliament to have the Queen of England Elizabeth ll, replaced with a non-executive president as head of state. This would do away with the governor general as the Queen’s representative here, and make Jamaica a republic. A non-executive president, like the governor general, would still be a symbolic leader and perform a representative ... Read More

Tight budget

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 15, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) and Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw confer during the ceremonial opening of Parliament, yesterday.

THE Government plans to spend about $60 billion less than it did last year, based on figures provided in the 2016/17 Estimates of Expenditure tabled by Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw in the House of Representatives yesterday. A summary of the figures sets total spending at $580 billion, of which $459.3 billion are recurrent (housekeeping) expenses and $120.5 billion being capital expenditure, including government and multilateral projects. Despite the nine per cent cut, ... Read More

Tax break plan: JLP supporters confident, PNP followers plan protest

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, April 15, 2016    

Celia James (seated, third left) makes a point as she talks with fellow Jamaica Labour Party supporters outside Gordon House yesterday. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters yesterday expressed confidence that Prime Minister Andrew Holness will deliver on the Government’s income tax plan with one woman even pledging to sell her house and all earthly possessions to help make it a reality. On the other hand, supporters of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) said that, while they are not confident that Holness could pull it off, they are holding him to his promise and are giving him the next three months to do ... Read More

Government to review NIS, PATH

Friday, April 15, 2016    

The NIS building on Ripon Road in Kingston

GOVERNOR General, Sir Patrick Allen said yesterday that the Andrew Holness-led Government will conduct a comprehensive review of the National Insurance (NIS ) Act to address a number of issues associated with it. Sir Patrick, in the Throne Speech yesterday, said that the review would also “address outdated practices and provisions, benefit rates and contributions to improve coverage and compliance, and to close loopholes”. “Drafting instructions will be sent to the chief par ... Read More



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