Insolvency Bill now passed in Senate

GOLDING... It is the most challenging piece of legislation I have
had to deal with

THE Insolvency Bill passed safely through the Senate ending up with 143 amendments since the original Bill was tabled there last December by Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding. Golding had the honour of piloting it through the Senate, although the original Bill he had tabled had been withdrawn a ... Read More

SWABY... the volunteers will work in groups and engage
community members in eliminating breeding sites, promoting
personal care, and creating public awareness by the
distribution of flyers KSAC deploys health volunteers in Chic V-affected communities
THIRTY-ONE public health trained volunteers have been deployed to offer assistance to residents in K ... Read More

BARTLETT... we want to see to it that
the old people who can't get attention
and whose children don't look after
them, that they get something to eat Bartlett launches welfare programme for elderly, shut-in
ROSE HALL, St James — EAST Central St James Member of Parliament Edmund Bartlett on Sunday lau ... Read More

A packed
proceedings at
meeting of the
joint select
reviewing the
sexual offences
legislation at
Gordon House
in Kingston.
CUMMINGS) Church group sends strong message to sex Bills committee
A powerful church group, backed by a gallery filled with supporters, yesterday sent a strong message ... Read More

Registry established for tertiary institutions

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, October 16, 2014    

THWAITES... the ministry is inviting all new and existing private
tertiary level institutions to register with J-TEC

EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites told the House of Representatives Tuesday that among the interim measures being implemented to regulate tertiary institutions is a national registry. He said the establishment of a national registry of institutions offering tertiary education is a part of interim measures towards the introduction of the regulatory regime to be administered by the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC). "By way of this policy, the ministry is inviting all new and existi ... Read More

JLP supporters urged not to get comfortable with poll results

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 13, 2014    

This JLP supporter rings her bell to show her support for, and
confidence in her party winning the next local government and
general elections. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

OFFICIALS of the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) have urged party supporters not to become complacent in light of the recent Bill Johnson poll results, even as they expressed confidence of a victory in the next general election. Speaking at the Area One Council Meeting at Girl Guides headquarters in St Andrew, JLP caretaker for Eastern St Andrew, Fayval Williams said while the poll which gives them a 12 percentage point lead over the People's National Party are promising, the party cannot afford to ... Read More

JCF and INDECOM commit to improving relations

BY HORACE HINES Observer staff reporter hinesh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 13, 2014    

ROSE HALL, St James — In a move geared towards improving the strained relationship between members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Independent Commission of Investigations (INDECOM), both parties have agreed to sit together in monthly meetings to discuss issues of concern. "We are going to have monthly meetings, and we are going to raise the concerns at these meetings. I am not here promising you that everything is going to be, as they say, criss from now on, but I think ... Read More

Bartlett wants clarification on Ja relationship with T&T

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 13, 2014    

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Ed Bartlett

OPPOSITION spokesman on foreign affairs and foreign trade, Edmund Bartlett, says Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator A J Nicholson should "come clean" on the "real" state of the relationship between Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Bartlett, in a release yesterday, said he is making the demand in light of the reported statement by Trinidad's Minister of National Security Gary Griffith regarding Jamaican nationals entering and currently residing in that country. Griffith, in a ... Read More

Govt reviewing support for teen moms

Monday, October 13, 2014    


MINISTER with responsibility for Information Senator Sandrea Falconer said Government is reviewing the work of the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) regarding teenage pregnancies. However, she explained that, while the review has started and is to be followed by a survey of all the centres for teen mothers across Jamaica to inform government policy, no timelines can be set until the funding can be identified. Falconer told the Senate on Friday that, in terms of the centres operated b ... Read More

CMI students to receive $5-million tuition grant

Monday, October 13, 2014    

Youth and Culture Minister Lisa hanna (seated
centre) signs a Memorandum of Understanding at
the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) to signal
the partnering of the National Youth Service (NYS)
and the CMI last Friday to offer the Access to
Higher Education Partnership (AHEP) Programme.  (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON

FIFTY students pursuing undergraduate studies at the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will this academic year receive a total of $5 million in tuition grants from the National Youth Service (NYS) under its Access to Higher Education Partnership Programme (AHEP). The programme, which is open to students between the ages of 17 and 24 years, seeks to enhance the personal and professional development of participants. Each student will receive $100,000. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was sig ... Read More

Political ombudsman essential to party financing process

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, October 13, 2014    

WARMINGTON… intends to call a divide on the most
controversial provisions of the bill allowing for the registration,
regulation and funding of political parties

THE House of Representatives took a one-week break last week from debating the Bill seeking to amend the Representation of the People Act (ROPA) to allow for the registration, regulation and funding of local political parties. However, the debate is expected to resume tomorrow and probably concluded, although it is likely that a number of MPs will want to make contributions. There has been no explanation for the break, but it must have had something to do with the outburst from Opposition MP ... Read More

Diaspora bond still on the table

Monday, October 13, 2014    

BROWN... the question of a Diaspora bond is still a matter
under consideration

MINISTER of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnaldo Brown said the plan by Government to tap into the resources of overseas nationals, through the issuing of a Diaspora bond, is still being considered. He noted, however, that "timing" is going to be important in terms of its implementation. A Diaspora bond is a debt investment instrument issued by the Jamaican Government in which Jamaicans living overseas would loan money to the Government for a defined period of tim ... Read More

Jamaica will not stay out of terrorism debate — Nicholson

With Balford Henry | Sunday, October 12, 2014    

NICHOLSON ... it would have been good for Caribbean states to
have acted in unison

MINISTER of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator AJ Nicholson, has said that by co-sponsoring United Nations Security Council Resolution 2178, Jamaica affirmed its support of the need to combat terrorism. "By co-sponsoring the resolution, along with 103 other countries, Jamaica demonstrated that we are serious and responsible members of the international community who do not stand on the sidelines of the major challenges of our time," Senator Nicholson told the Senate on Friday at ... Read More

PM, PNP salute former Senate President Marshall Burnett

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Sunday Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October 12, 2014    

her death was

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller has described former president of the Senate, Syringa Marshall Burnett, CD, as a nation-builder and trailblazer who, as a health-care professional, educator, parliamentarian and social activist, helped significantly to propel Jamaica's development and the advancement of women. At the same time, the ruling People's National Party (PNP) also expressed sorrow at the passing of the veteran nurse, whose death was announced yesterday. "I am deeply saddened by the ... Read More



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