St James NW Comrades tell PNP to speed up Gordon-Webley's application

Henry McCurdy (left), a former People’s National Party (PNP) caretaker for St James North Western, greets Joan Gordon-
Webley on her arrival on the grounds of Cornwall College in Montego Bay on Saturday. (PHOTO: ANTHONY LEWIS)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Clayton Morgan, chairman of the People's National Party (PNP) St James North Western constituency organisation, has called on the party's national executive to speed up the approval process for Joan Gordon-Webley's membership application, arguing that the constituency w ... Read More

Some of the candidates and caretakers of the Jamaica Labour Party share a light moment during the br ... Read More

Delano Seiveright (file photo) JLP blames Ferguson, Gov't for poverty in St Thomas Eastern
The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has accused Dr Fenton Ferguson of poor representation, saying that th ... Read More

GOLDING... retired Supreme Court judge Justice Roy Anderson is being paid a
salary of $10 million to serve as the interim supervisor of insolvency Interim insolvency boss gets $10-million salary
MINISTER of Justice Senator Mark Golding says retired Supreme Court judge Justice Roy Anderson is be ... Read More

Gordon Webley matter goes back to PNP Executive

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 26, 2015    

WEBLEY... her
admission to the
PNP causing

THE National Executive Council (NEC) of the People's National Party (PNP) moved a resolution yesterday for the matter of membership of embattled former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) politician Joan Gordon Webley to be sent back to the party's executive committee, the Jamaica Observer has learnt. A source who attended the closed door meeting at the University of the West Indies told the Sunday Observer that the matter took up the brunt of the time in the meeting, as a debate over the former executi ... Read More

Gov't focuses on lower-paid workers to settle pay row

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 26, 2015    

(L) DIXON ...has indicated that the JTA will not accept $4,000 offer.
(R) DALLEY ... appears ready to settle with workers.

THE Government seems intent on signing off on an agreement with 11 trade unions bargaining under the umbrella of the Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions (JCTU), for a new contract for public sector workers, by the end of this week. An expert view is that the Government is hoping that settling with the lower-paid workers at the $4,000 per month across-the-board pay offer, and including a clause with a condition that it cannot be eclipsed by any other agreement within the sector, could resolve ... Read More

Charles to JEEP: Pay subcontractors directly

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, July 26, 2015    

(L) CHARLES ... up to now the contractors have not been paid.
People at work on a Jeep project.

OPPOSITION Member of Parliament (MP) Pearnel Charles believes that the government should pay Jamaica Emergency Employment Programme (JEEP) sub-contractors directly, instead of leaving that responsibility up to China Harbour Engineering (CHEC), resulting in a vexing situation where payments are months overdue. Charles lamented that sub-contractors have been complaining that for months they have been unable to collect from CHEC for work already done on phase four of JEEP which ended in March. "U ... Read More

Parliament takes summer break

With Balford Henry | Sunday, July 26, 2015    

(L) SMITH ... attempt to hold meeting.
rejected PAULWELL ... two bills he hoped to
complete delayed.

THE House of Representatives took its summer break after Tuesday's sitting at Gordon House, but members will be required to attend some committee meetings, at least, until the end of July. In fact, four committees are scheduled to meet this week - Human Resources and Social Development Committee chaired by Opposition MP Rudyard Spencer, and the Joint Select Committee (JSC) on the Integrity Commission Act, chaired by Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding, on Tuesday; the JSC on the INDECOM Ac ... Read More

Gov't owes NHT $48 billion in employee contribution arrears

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 17, 2015    

The NHT’s head office in Kingston.

THE National Housing Trust (NHT) says 90 per cent of the $54 billion in employee contribution arrears now on its books are funds owed by Government up to 2007. Acting managing director of the trust, Martin Miller, made the revelation to the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) of Parliament on Wednesday. He explained that the trust has been in discussions with the Ministry of Finance over the roughly $48 billion owed. "It is something that we are likely to hear some more o ... Read More

Penalise them

Friday, July 17, 2015    

Senator Mark Golding (file photo)

A Joint Select Committee reviewing the Integrity Commission Act wants to include new provisions which will allow for an accruing penalty for civil servants who fail to declare income and assets in a timely manner. "I think there is a gap insofar as somebody can refuse to file, settle their liability by paying the fixed penalty, not even going to court at all, and then the commission is not in a position to force them to file," said committee chairman Mark Golding. "I would like a sub-section t ... Read More

Former JLP MP, NSWMA head joins PNP

BY KIMMO MATTHEWS Observer staff reporter matthewsk@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, July 09, 2015    

Comrade Gordon-Webley.

JOAN Gordon-Webley, former head of the National Solid Waste Management Authority and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) member, has confirmed that she has joined the ruling People's National Party (PNP), saying that she is willing to face whatever criticism that may come as a result of the move. "I think it (the application to join the party) has gone through most of the stages and is close to completion," said Gordon-Webley, who last year resigned as the JLP's caretaker for St Andrew East Rural. PNP ... Read More

Kellier says heavy fines needed to curb fishing breaches

Wednesday, July 08, 2015    

current fines are
not serving as a

MINISTER of Agriculture and Fisheries Derrick Kellier said yesterday that massive increases in penalties for breaches of fishing regulations approved in Parliament yesterday, will increase the court's power to punish offenders. Kellier, who is also minister of labour and social security, told the House of Representatives that although work is continuing on a comprehensive Bill to repeal the current Fishing Industry Act, the Government felt it necessary to table the Bill at this time. He said t ... Read More

Tufton hoping for swift resolution of candidate selection issue

Wednesday, July 08, 2015    

TUFTON… it’s concerning that
the process is being delayed.

DR Christopher Tufton yesterday expressed concern over a decision by the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to suspend activities related to the selection process for a new St Catherine West Central candidate and expressed hope for a swift resolution. "I want the process to be free and fair, and free from fear and I'm anxious to engage in that process, but it's concerning that the process is being delayed," Tufton told the Jamaica Observer. On Monday night the JLP announced that its Selection Committe ... Read More



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