Politics

JLP names candidates in race for Baugh’s seat

Christopher Tufton and Kent Gammon

THE Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) yesterday confirmed that its Selection Committee has approved Councillor Devon Wint, Kent Gammon and Dr Christopher Tufton to seek the support to become the candidate for West Central St Catherine in the next general election. That seat has been held by Dr ... Read More

(L) DAVIES… tabled a Ministry Paper outlining the terms and
conditions of the public-private partnership arrangement.
(R) HENRY… absolute transparency is required. OCG to review Mike Henry's KCT complaints
THE Office of the Contractor General (OCG) is to review a complaint from Opposition spokesman on Tra ... Read More

HAUGHTON…
said to be elated No Surprise
THE attorney representing disgraced former Lucea Mayor Shernet Haughton yesterday said he had no dou ... Read More

US President Barack Obama (second right) is greeted by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness on
Obama’s arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on April 8, 2015. (PHOTO:
BRYAN CUMMINGS) Why Obama had no meeting with Holness
UNITED States President Barack Obama was opposed to meeting Jamaica's Opposition Leader Andrew Holne ... Read More

New Sectoral Debate format a challenge for members

With Balford Henry | Sunday, April 19, 2015    

(L-R) SAMUDA ... wants format of debate to change.  PAULWELL ... leader of Government business.  KELLIER ... interesting to see how he will handle his portfolios

THE first test of the new format for the annual Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives last week showed that while the process has significantly sped up the proceedings, it will continue to be a challenge to both Cabinet ministers and the Opposition spokespersons. "This can't work, change it," a frustrated Opposition spokesman on industry, investment and commerce Karl Samuda insisted, as his 35 minutes ran out without him being able to address some of the important issue he had planned ... Read More

Wheatley outlines 'work from home' proposal

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

Andrew Wheatley (file photo)

OPPOSITION spokesman on science, ICT and digital economy development, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has proposed an initiative through which specific public sector jobs could be done by workers utilising technology from home. The initiative, called the Electronic Home Office Mode of Employment (e-HOME), would see workers using broadband and various other technologies to facilitate working from home. Dr Wheatley, who was making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House on Wednesday, ar ... Read More

Opposition surprised at lack of monitoring at industry ministry

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, April 09, 2015    

SAMUDA ... we are tired of empty promises

THE failure of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) to monitor and evaluate the performance of its departments and agencies has come as a surprise to Opposition spokesman Karl Samuda. Samuda told last Tuesday's meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives that ministry bosses not only reviewed quarterly reports from the departments and agencies during this period, but also required monthly reports during his tenure as minister of industry, ... Read More

Some improvement, but problems still plague Port Antonio

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior Staff Reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

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 vales. But on entering the capital town of Port Antonio, one may be taken by surprise by its big-city hustle and bustle. It feels like just about most of its population of 30,000 are out and about on th ... Read More



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