Some improvement, but problems still plague Port Antonio

A section of the sidewalk
on West Palm Avenue.

Today we start a new series on Jamaica's parish capitals and major towns, with particular focus on their infrastructure. Beautiful and breathtaking are among the adjectives most Jamaicans use when speaking of the north-eastern parish of Portland, with its startlingly lush plains and picturesque val ... 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

Minister of Finance Peter Phillips NIF will remain viable, says minister
MINISTER of Finance and Planning Peter Phillips says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) will remain v ... Read More

Andrew Holness Holness says Gov’t knows nothing about growing economy
LEADER of the Opposition Andrew Holness warned yesterday that if the Government fails to meet its $1 ... 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

Holness expresses regret, points to public policy issue in court declaration

Sunday, February 08, 2015    

HOLNESS… the entire
situation is regrettable,
including the embarrassment
caused to Arthur and Chris

ANDREW Holness yesterday expressed regret at the saga involving himself and former Opposition senators Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton, saying that it was never his intention to act unconstitutionally when he required the signing of undated resignation letters before appointing his team to the Upper House. At the same time Holness, the opposition leader, pointed out that the declaration of the Constitutional Court on the controversy has raised the issue of the Senate's independence an ... Read More

Controversy rages over Bailey bridge in Lucea

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer writer | Thursday, January 29, 2015    

The Bailey bridge designed by the National
Works Agency parallel to the Lucea West River
(Riley River) bridge to accommodate the National
Water Commission Water pipe and pedestrians.

LUCEA, Hanover — The National Works Agency (NWA) says it has no problem with the width of a pedestrian bridge, which was recently erected parallel to the Lucea West (Riley River bridge). Previously the Hanover Parish Council voiced concerns regarding the bridge, put in place to accommodate the National Water Commission (NWC) water main as well as pedestrians. "The NWA is satisfied with the pedestrian bridge which has been placed at the Riley Bridge," stated Janel Ricketts, Community Rela ... Read More

Shaw raps Electoral Commission

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Parliamentary reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, January 29, 2015    

(L)SHAW… we are here being
concerned about remuneration
and I'm concerned about
motion in the House
(R)PRYCE… their work go far
beyond public perception

OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Audley Shaw yesterday urged the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) to pay more attention to cleaning up the voters' list and less to defending their salaries and emoluments. Shaw was addressing yesterday's meeting of the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC), as members went back and forth over a private member's motion put forward by MP Everald Warmington, which calls for the cutting of certain benefits given to the commissioners. "We are ... Read More



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