Gordon House in the news again

A police investigator is seen at the broken window through
which a robber gained access to Gordon House early
yesterday, making off with a computer and a television set.

Gordon House was probably more in the news than what was going on inside the chamber last week, as reports of a break-in and a small fire engaged the media. But, the torrid third quarter session of the 2014/15 parliamentary year eventually closed last week with the Senate meeting on Thursday and Fr ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller PM hands over 40 land titles to Clarendon residents
PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday handed over 40 land titles to residents from several ... Read More

DUNCAN PRYCE...Boys should be assessed differently as well
as their developmental stages assessed differently Senate approves motion to address learning
THE Senate has approved a motion to address the negative stereotypes that limit the learning capabil ... Read More

PHILLIPS ... the NIR would have been inadequate Opposition wants details on Gov’t use of US$800 million
Opposition spokesman on finance and planning Audley Shaw has insisted that the Government must produ ... Read More

Phillips to tackle Budget’s capital projects delays

With Balford Henry | Sunday, December 14, 2014    


Minister of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips has said that he will release a report on the slow implementation of Capital ‘B’ projects by the Government, to the Opposition by December 17. Capital ‘B’ projects are those which involve multilateral and bilateral cooperation, including funding from global institutions, such as the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and countries and economic blocks like the European Union. Over the past two years, mem ... Read More

'Two parties or 10, it doesn't matter'

Friday, December 12, 2014    

People’s National Party supporters (top) and their Jamaica Labour
Party counterparts (bottom) at rallies for their respective parties.

A suggestion by Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher that Jamaica needs a multi-party democracy to heal the political divisions that have beset the country has been greeted with mixed reaction by Jamaica Observer online readers. Below are some edited comments: err gag Good idea, which won't work until this generation passes on. However, I think if we should change the names of the two parties, the tension and division might be closed tremendously. Sweepee @err gag: Problem is not the generati ... Read More

More details needed on proposed elegant corridor for Mountain View - JLP

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

ROBINSON... This is another clear example of a trend of callous
abuse in the spending of taxpayers' money by government

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) says it wants full details from Minister of Tourism and Entertainment Dr Wykeham McNeill on plans to transform sections of Mountain View Avenue into an elegant corridor. Opposition spokesperson on tourism and Cruise shipping Shahine Robinson, made the request in response to media announcements that the project was announced by Dr McNeill during a tour of the area on Sunday. Robinson said McNeill must immediately provide details on the ministry's plan t ... Read More

That Bill which seeks to register and fund political parties

With Balford Henry | Sunday, December 07, 2014    

CLARKE ... has not been attending Senate meetings
regularly. SAMUDA ... reported to be firing on all fronts

MEMBERS of the Senate voted on Thursday in favour of the Bill seeking to have political parties in Jamaica registered and funded by the government, despite strong opposition to the idea of using the public purse to fund the parties. Minister of Justice, Senator Mark Golding, reminded members while he opened the debate, of the convention which requires that they approve recommendations from the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ). President of the Senate, Senator Floyd Morris, advised Senator ... Read More

New infirmary for Portland next year

Sunday, December 07, 2014    

Local Government Minister, Noel Arscott

Local Government and Community Development Minister Noel Arscott has said that a new infirmary will be built in Portland next year, which will provide improved living conditions for the indigent, sick, and elderly residents of the parish. He gave the commitment at the Youth Mayors' Luncheon last Wednesday at the ministry's Hagley Park Road offices in Kingston in response to a call from the youth mayor of that parish, Zedon Martin, for the establishment of an improved facility. "The question of ... Read More

Lambert Brown lashes media, Opposition over Outameni

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Saturday, December 06, 2014    

BROWN... when man bite dog, is news. At right: MORRIS... warned of an infringement of the Standing Orders

GOVERNMENT senator Lambert Brown has accused the media of siding with "loudmouths" on the Opposition benches, and ignoring the facts regarding the activities of the National Housing Trust (NHT). Speaking in the Senate's debate on an amendment to the Mortgage Insurance Act on Thursday, which will allow for cheaper deposits for home buyers, he questioned CVM Television's reporting on the NHT purchasing land in Clarendon. Brown also blamed the absence of the Opposition from Thursday's sitting of ... Read More

Speaker: Parliament has right to get Outameni documents

Friday, December 05, 2014    

PEART...I think that it is in order that the
documents be provided

SPEAKER of the House of Representatives Michael Peart on Tuesday sided with Opposition Leader Andrew Holness that Parliament has a right to access documents containing information on the controversial purchase of the Outameni property in Trelawny by the National Housing Trust (NHT). Holness had tabled questions two weeks ago, asking Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller to submit all correspondence relating to the Outameni transaction, including letters, notes, recordings and contracts to Parlia ... Read More

PNP councillor escapes unhurt in gun attack

Thursday, December 04, 2014    

PEOPLE'S National Party (PNP) councillor for the Papine Division Vanesha Phillips yesterday escaped unhurt after she was shot at by gunmen in Elletson Flats, a section of her division. Police confirmed that the councillor had gone to the area to observe work being done on the reconstruction of a sidewalk when men opened fire at her, forcing her to run for cover. Phillips, in an interview with the Jamaica Observer, said she believes the incident was related to the distribution of work in the ar ... Read More

PM got no response from McNeill on helping Outameni

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, December 04, 2014    

MCNEILL... a decision was made by the ministry that it would
take no further action on the Outameni matter following a
preliminary assessment by the Development Bank of Jamaica

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller says that she never got a response from her tourism minister, Dr Wykeham McNeill, after urging him in early 2012 to try and save the Outameni property. Simpson Miller said that she received a letter from Minister of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Davies in February 2012 on efforts made by the previous administration to help save the tourist attraction. She told the House of Representatives Tuesday that she wrote McNeill in March 2012 to intervene to see wh ... Read More

Outameni price now over $208m

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, December 04, 2014    

The Outameni tourist attraction in Trelawny. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTOS)

THE total amount of money spent by the National Housing Trust (NHT) on the controversial purchase of the Orange Grove/Outameni property is still not clear, although Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller answered more questions on the issue in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The prime minister, answering questions from Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, told the House of Representatives that the NHT had informed her that the full expenditure for the purchase of the building, including a 3 ... Read More



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