Controversy rages over Bailey bridge in Lucea

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 th ... Read More

(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 Shaw raps Electoral Commission
OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Audley Shaw yesterday urged the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ ... Read More

KERR-JARRETT… I truly believe that
this is the right decision Kerr-Jarrett leaving representational politics
PAULA Kerr-Jarrett yesterday told the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) that she would be resign ... Read More

Audley Shaw Shaw says Gov't tax incentive scheme in confusion
OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning Audley Shaw has raised concern about what he sees as " ... Read More

House Committee denounces high bank charges

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Parliamentary reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January 21, 2015    

Phillips... “When you look at the fees — the ABM fees, the e-banking fees, those are the highest amounts

THE Economy and Production Committee of the House of Parliament yesterday denounced high banking transaction costs and, in particular, fees on deposits being charged by bankers. "When you look at the overall cost of operating and the overall cost to the customer... what I've seen, especially for the two big banks, they are less concerned about providing more of that cheaper channel because they are the big two," government member Mikhail Phillips charged. The committee, which heard and discuss ... Read More

Opposition's call on Tivoli Enquiry a 'red herring', says PNP

Wednesday, January 21, 2015    

(L)PICKERSGILL… we invite the
JLP to give sworn testimonies
at the commission
(R)MCKENZIE… called for end to

THE ruling People's National Party (PNP) has dismissed a call by the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to end the enquiry into the May 2010 Tivoli Gardens operation. In a statement yesterday, PNP Chairman Robert Pickersgill said that the call, made by MP for West Kingston Desmond McKenzie, was a "red herring of naked and vulgar political convenience". Added Pickersgill: "They cannot sincerely or possibly be suggesting that a dollar cost can be placed against the value of the lives which ha ... Read More

Education ministry welcomes scrutiny of auditor general

Wednesday, January 21, 2015    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites looks on while permanent secretary in his ministry, Elaine Foster-Allen, addresses a press conference, recently. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

PERMANENT secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster-Allen, has welcomed the auditor general's scrutiny of the ministry and pledged to use the findings to strengthen its systems. Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis, in a recent report to Parliament, said there were two occasions when the ministry's nine-member procurement committee met without a quorum. The auditor general also accused the ministry's procurement committee of failing to comply with Government's handbook. "The absenc ... Read More

Senate hails restoration of US-Cuba relations

Monday, December 29, 2014    

NICHOLSON... Jamaica’s foreign policy will prove to be on the
right side of history

THE Senate has given its approval to efforts by the United States government to resume diplomatic relations with neighbouring Cuba. At its final pre-Christmas sitting at Gordon House two Fridays ago, leader of Government Business, Senator AJ Nicholson, said that it was much more 'monumental in its significance and future impact, than the Fifth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) and Cuba, Havana on December 8 which he had originally planned to report on. ... Read More

Gordon House in the news again

With Balford Henry | Sunday, December 21, 2014    

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 Friday. On Thursday, the Senate passed two Bills: The Securities (Amendment) Act, 2014, and The Transfer Tax (Amendment) Act, 2014. The Securities Bill amended the Act to enhance the legal and regulat ... Read More

PM hands over 40 land titles to Clarendon residents

Friday, December 19, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday handed over 40 land titles to residents from several communities in Clarendon at a ceremony held at the Havannah Heights Community Centre in May Pen. The prime minister said that land/home ownership is generally accepted to be one of the most effective ways in which people can achieve economic and social progress. "Land titles provide people with security of tenure. When you feel secure you can better plan your life. Your family situation is mor ... Read More

Senate approves motion to address learning

Monday, December 15, 2014    

DUNCAN PRYCE...Boys should be assessed differently as well
as their developmental stages assessed differently

THE Senate has approved a motion to address the negative stereotypes that limit the learning capabilities of children. Opening the debate on the motion, Senator Imani Duncan Pryce noted that presently the education outcomes are different for girls and boys. "Education output for girls and boys have been so different. I view the situation with our boys as the canaries of our times. They are failing quicker, but it does not mean that it is an issue with them only. It is about the system in which ... Read More

Opposition wants details on Gov’t use of US$800 million

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, December 14, 2014    

PHILLIPS ... the NIR would have been inadequate

Opposition spokesman on finance and planning Audley Shaw has insisted that the Government must produce a report on its handling of the US$800-million external bond issue effected last July. The bond issue, described as “the largest issuance in Jamaica’s history and the first since 2011 (when a 2008 bond issue was reopened)” by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the use of the funds, which were some US$300 million above target, have been of concern to the Opposition sin ... 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



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