Politics

Party mood at Arena

Angella Robinson from East
Portland rejoices as she
listens to the promises being
made by her party leader.

THE National Arena was yesterday transformed into a sea of orange and black as thousands of People's National Party (PNP) supporters turned up to celebrate the 76th year of the political party at its annual conference. The event, which started at 9:00 am and ended a few minutes after 3:00 pm had bu ... Read More

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller waves to supporters from the stage at the People's National Party's 76th Annual Conference at the National Arena,
yesterday. See story on Page 4. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Portia, PNP confident of local gov’t, general election wins
PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller told supporters at the National Arena yesterday that her govern ... Read More

A fleet of JUTC buses JUTC to earn $1.3b per year from new fares
THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will make an additional $1.3 billion a year from the fare i ... Read More

The mostly unused transport
centre in Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz transport centre gazetted
Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — It has taken all of five years. Now, the St Elizabeth Parish Counc ... Read More

St Elizabeth's last goodbye

Monday, September 22, 2014    

Pall-bearers carry Clarke’s
body out of the church.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Residents of this south central community said their final farewell to the late agriculture minister Roger Clarke at Sharon Baptist Church here on Friday, September 12. Hundreds turned up to view the body of the popular politician as it lay in state at the church for three hours. Clarke, native of Westmoreland, spent most of his years as a political representative in St Elizabeth. He was parish councillor for the Balaclava Division from 1986-91 — a peri ... Read More

Nicholson, Pickersgill head to New York for UN session

Monday, September 22, 2014    

NICHOLSON

A delegation including Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Arnold Nicholson and Minister of Water Land Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill is expected to leave the island for New York today to participate in the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The session will run from September 22-30, 2014. Two special fetaures of the session will be the 29th special session of the General Assembly on the follow-up to the Programme of Action of the International Co ... Read More

Gov't invests billions to provide Jamaicans with Internet access

Monday, September 22, 2014    

State minister for Science Technology Energy and Mining Julian Robinson (left) assists fiveyear-
old Velteno Sawyers with operating one of the computers inside the just -opened
computer lab and Internet café in the Jacques Road community in Kingston. Also pictured
(from second left) are: Canadian High Commissioner Robert Ready; and General Secretary of
Jacques Parenting Association Francena Pryce. Officially opened on Wednesday, this is the
169th community access point to be established by the Government across the island at a cost
of $3 million.

THE Universal Service Fund (USF) has invested billions of dollars over the last nine years to provide Internet access to Jamaicans across the island. This was disclosed by USF Chairman Bishop Wellesley Blair, who said the Fund has completed a total of 188 Internet community access points (CAP) throughout the country at a cost of $626 million. He noted that CAPs enable community members to use the Internet at minimal or no cost to them to facilitate research, bill payments, education, communica ... Read More

The PNP must address PetroCaribe at today's conference

Sunday, September 21, 2014    

SIMPSON MILLER... seems always to miss those perfect moments specifically
designed for her intervention

In the September 14 edition of The Economist, an article, 'Of oil and coconut water', begins by stating the obvious: "A big oil producer unable to pay its bills during a protracted oil-price boom is a rare beast. Thanks to colossal economic mismanagement, that is exactly what Venezuela, the world's tenth-largest oil exporter, has become." Good friend of the PNP, the late Hugo Chávez, is no more, and his successor, the embattled Nicolás Maduro, is finding out how painful it is to e ... Read More

GCT Act — Parliament's latest IMF hurdle

Sunday, September 21, 2014    

NICHOLSON

A meeting of the Senate, which lasted for approximately 10 minutes on Friday, rounded off what could easily be seen as a perfect example of the chaotic nature of the process since the start of the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Leader of Government Business in the Senate, AJ Nicholson thanked members for turning up in almost full numbers, although the advice sent out had stated that it would be meeting briefly, and although the Bill amending t ... Read More

Representing the people... effectively

Friday, September 19, 2014    

This pool of faecal matter in Riverton Meadows is a potential
breeding ground for mosquitoes and poses other health risks.
(PHOTOS: TYRONE SIMMS)

For several decades Jamaicans living below the poverty line have been forced to survive in an environment that offers little or no hope to them. We have noted, with grave concern, how our elected political representatives have stepped forward, presented themselves as the messiahs, but have inspired no confidence at all in those who depend on them for policy guidance. A look at some of our communities across Jamaica, but particularly in the Corporate Area, would show that, instead of the living ... Read More

PNP confident it still has support of the masses

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor - special assignment browni@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September 19, 2014    

People’s National Party Chairman Robert Pickersgill (left) addresses yesterday’s press briefing to announce plans for this
weekend’s annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston. Beside him is general secretary Paul Burke.
(PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

PEOPLE'S National Party (PNP) Chairman Robert Pickersgill says the party is convinced it still has the confidence of the Jamaican people, midway into its five-year term in office. "The next two-and-a-half years are critical for us in terms of performance and fulfilling aims and objectives of our manifesto, but we think we are equal to the task and are convinced that in that regard we still have the confidence of the Jamaican people," Pickersgill said. He was addressing a press conference held ... Read More

Customs Dept vows to go after duty evaders

Friday, September 19, 2014    

Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton
(left) converses with Commissioner of Customs Major (ret'd)
Richard Reese during the official launch of the Jamaica
Customs Agency’s revamped Authorised Economic Operator
Programme at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown
Kingston.

COMMISSIONER of Customs Major Richard Reese says the Customs Department will be ramping up its efforts to bring importers who attempt to rob the nation's coffers to book. Reese's comments came after reports that several entities had falsely claimed to be importing granulated sugar as a by-product but had, in fact, been selling the product as a retail item. The estimated duty that was not paid to the department for the sweetener is estimated at $1 million and, according to Reese, the department ... Read More

JPs urged to play active role in Jamaica's transformation

Friday, September 19, 2014    

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (left) is
greeted by Custos of Trelawny Paul
Muschett on his arrival at the Retreat
Heights Community Centre in Falmouth on
Tuesday for a meeting with justices of the
peace in the parish.

FALMOUTH, Trelawny — Governor General Sir Patrick Allen has called on justices of the peace (JPs) to play a more active role in the transformation of Jamaica. "I need all of you (JPs) to become proactive advocates of the transformation that we need. This is a new day for Jamaica...it is a new day for our JPs and this is the time when we must enlarge the vision of who are JPs and what they do," said Sir Patrick. The governor general was addressing members of the Trelawny Lay Magistrates A ... Read More

JLP comes down hard on Ferguson

Friday, September 19, 2014    

CHANG… the minister and
the relevant authorities are
not doing enough to deal
with the current epidemic

GENERAL Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party Dr Horace Chang has asked the Cabinet to look into the management of the health sector by Dr Fenton Ferguson, claiming that the minister was failing to provide proper leadership at the Ministry of Health. "The country is currently gripped by a chikungunya epidemic, especially the eastern parishes, and all the minister has done is try to cast blame on others for his failures and inefficiencies. The country needs action as many Jamaicans are sufferin ... Read More



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