NHT board crippled

(L-R) WATSON... sacked last year. CUTHBERT... is reported to have come under intense pressure from the JEF board

The beleaguered National Housing Trust (NHT) was last night facing a new dilemma as a third director, Brenda Cuthbert of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF), indicated she would resign today, effectively crippling the board. If Cuthbert tenders her resignation to Prime Minister Portia Simpson M ... Read More

HORNE… confirmed as PNP treasurer in July this year Opposition wants PNP treasurer off NHT board
THE Opposition has called for the immediate removal of People's National Party (PNP) treasurer Norma ... Read More

Jamaica Labour Party President Andrew Holness (Photo: Joseph Wellington) Rights group slaps JLP over CCJ position
THE Independent Jamaica Council For Human Rights (IJCHR) says it is "immensely shocked" by a stateme ... Read More

Leader of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party Andrew
Holness (right) consults with the party’s chairman, Robert
Montague, during a press conference in Kingston yesterday.
(PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON) PM faces more questions on Outameni
In the questions, which he tabled in the House of Representatives in the absence of Simpson Miller f ... Read More

JLP Gov't will reform students' loan programme — Holness

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November 17, 2014    

Jubilant JLP supporters cheer during yesterday’s annual
conference in the National Arena.

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness told Labourites attending the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP') 71st Annual Conference in Kingston yesterday that the party will reform the students' loan programme if elected at the next general election. "I am tired of hearing young people come to me with, 'mi cyan pay mi university fees'. Whole heap a dem coming... We will reform the student loan programme to make sure that any Jamaican who wants to go and study in a university can get that opportunity," Holness ... Read More

JLP says Gov’t lost $80m on Outameni before NHT purchase

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November 17, 2014    

Opposition Leader
Andrew Holness
addressing the JLP’s
71st Annual
Conference at the
National Arena,

AUDLEY Shaw yesterday described events surrounding the Outameni saga as a web of deception and said that prior to the $180-million spent last year for the purchase of the Trelawny property, the Government-owned Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) wrote off $80 million in liability owed by the company. Shaw levelled the charge at the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP’s) 71st Annual Conference at the National Arena in Kingston where he joined JLP and Opposition Leader Andrew Holness in drawi ... Read More

It’s $12-m, not $18-m for Outameni lands, says NHT chairman

Monday, November 17, 2014    

DOUGLAS… what we, in fact, achieved is immediate profit of $100 million or $131 million just by the purchase alone

Easton Douglas, chairman of the embattled National Housing Trust (NHT), rebutted claims at the weekend that the State-run housing body paid $18 million for 9.12 acres of Outameni lands, saying the actual sum was $12 million, or $1.3 million per acre. Douglas sought to correct widely repeated claims that the Trust paid $18 million per acre for the lands, and gave a full breakdown of the value of the total acquisition — for which it paid $180 million — based on a 2011 valuation by Dav ... Read More

Labourites fed up with Gov’t

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, November 17, 2014    

Audley Shaw gesticulates as he delivers his address yesterday.

Supporters turned out in large numbers to the Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP’s) 71st Annual Conference yesterday and, as is customary, they were critical of the Government. Omar Oliver, a 22-year-old, said his faith in the JLP stems from the party’s ability to stabilise the dollar when they were in power from 2007 to 2012. “At that time, they were able to grow the economy and we were in poverty but we weren’t suffering as much as we are now. They did it once, and the ... Read More

PHOTOS: Conference fashion

Monday, November 17, 2014    

Supporters never fail to turn heads at political party events, and yesterday was no different. Here are a few of what was on show yesterday at the JLP's 71st annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston. 1 - This man dons a robe with the image of the party leader, Andrew Holness. 2 - He came, complete with flag and signage. 3 - Is that a bathing suit? (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Conference fashion --> Read More

Parliament studies raising the age of consent

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, November 16, 2014    

(L-R) FRAZER BINNS… asked what was the
mischief that the Office of the Children’s
Advocate was trying to correct. JOHNSON SMITH… not sure that the age of
consent was the root of the problem

CHILDREN'S Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison thinks that Jamaica can learn lessons from Canada about increasing the age of consent. She noted that in May 2008, by virtue of its Tackling Violent Crime Act, the Canadian Parliament amended its laws and increased the age of consent. But, although they only increased the age from 14, as it had been since 1890, to 16 years, which is similar to Jamaica's, she felt it supported the view that it is generally expected that governments sh ... Read More

Increased security at Gordon House

With Balford Henry | Sunday, November 16, 2014    

(LR) PEART… we have to manage our time better. CHUCK… suggested that a separate debate be held to deal
specifically with constituency matters

THERE has been a further increase in security at Gordon House since the shooting incident on October 22 at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. Barriers have been placed on the sidewalks leading from the north and south to restrict entrance into the building to a single file, and visitors' bags and other items are searched before they are allowed to enter the premises and obtain a pass to the gallery. The new restrictions have also completely shut out supporters of both political parties from me ... Read More

JLP gears up for Sunday's annual conference

Friday, November 14, 2014    

Jamaica Labour Party leader Andrew Holness and the party's candidate
Faye Reid-Jacobs following her nomination yesterday.

LEADER of the Opposition Andrew Holness and the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) candidate for Central Westmoreland, financial consultant Faye Reid Jacobs, are expected to be the main speakers at Sunday's 72nd annual conference of the party at the National Arena. The party leader's speech would normally be the highlight of the annual meeting as the final event on the programme for the public session, But with Reid Jacobs' nomination on Wednesday to contest the Central Westmoreland seat, she is expe ... Read More

House delays passing of Disaster Risk Bill

Friday, November 14, 2014    

Mark Golding

THE House of Representatives on Tuesday delayed the passing of the Disaster Risk Management Bill until next week. This followed an appeal from Opposition spokesman on local government and rural and urban development, Desmond McKenzie, for more time to review changes made to the Bill in the Senate last week Friday. Among the changes made in the Senate was to include the leader of the Opposition among the people to sit on the National Disaster Risk Management Council (NDRMC), which is chaired by ... Read More

NDM: Who misled prime minister on Outameni deal?

Friday, November 14, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller addressing the House of
Representatives on Tuesday. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

THE National Democratic Movement (NDM) says it is shocked, flabbergasted and dismayed that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller could have been misled about the purchase of the tourist attraction, Outameni Experience, by the National Housing Trust. "Prime Minister Simpson Miller said that the information she presented was what she was advised of, which means she could only have been misled by one of her close confidants," said the NDM in a press release. "The NDM would like to know whose intere ... Read More



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