Arscott’s shameful tribal comments

Former local government minister and Opposition spokesperson, Noel Arscott.

Dear Editor, I feel compelled to agree wholeheartedly with Robert Dalley who wrote a well-written letter published in the Jamaica Observer of October 13, 2016. He asked, “Why is Arscott seeking to politically discredit and tear down Government’s impressive preparedness? Where is the evi ... Read More

Minister of Local Government Desmond McKenzie at a press briefing regarding Hurricane Matthew. (Kenyon Hemans) McKenzie lends support to parish councils
Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie says all parish councils wil ... Read More

Noel Arscott Arscott unfair, tribal in criticisms
Dear Editor, Former Local Government Minister Noel Arscott has said that the Government poorly orga ... Read More

Re-elected chairman of the People’s National Party (PNP) Robert Pickersgill (left) responds to questions put to him and other senior party officers following a meeting of the National Executive Council at the Versailles Hotel in May Pen, Clarendon yesterday. General secertary-designate, Julian Robinson (centre); and Anthony Hylton who was also re-elected as deputy chairman, also also photographed. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) Robinson now PNP general secretary-designate
Julian Robinson is to become the general secretary of the People’s National Party (PNP) when P ... Read More

Lisa fires back

Monday, September 26, 2016    

(L-R) HANNA... PNP did not use youth to
project its election
message. NICHOLSON... accused Hanna of poor leadership

Lisa Hanna yesterday accused senior People’s National Party (PNP) official AJ Nicholson of making false accusations against her, and said his actions demonstrated why there was urgent need for renewal in the Opposition party. Hanna, the member of parliament for St Ann South Eastern, was responding to Nicholson’s letter to the Jamaica Observer, which was published yesterday, in which he argued that her bid for a vice-presidential post in the party was rejected by delegates because th ... Read More

Clinton, Trump buff foreign policy bona fides on debate eve

Monday, September 26, 2016    

CLINTON... 45 per cent of voters say she would be a poor or terrible president

NEW YORK, United States (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were meeting separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, giving each candidate fresh bragging rights about their knowledge of foreign policy and readiness to lead the nation on the eve of their first presidential debate. Trump and Netanyahu discussed “at length” Israel’s use of a fence to help secure its borders, an example Trump frequently cites when he’s talking about the wal ... Read More

Senior PNP official says delegate vote shows party won’t reward failure

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

People’s National Party (PNP) official AJ Nicholson has said that Lisa Hanna’s defeat in the party’s vice-presidental election on September 17 was a strong statement by the delegates that failure cannot be rewarded or elevated. According to Nicholson, who served as Jamaica’s foregn minister in the last PNP Administration, none of the other aspirants for the PNP’s four vice-presidents post is afflicted by a lack of political astuteness, or saddled with an unfortunat ... Read More

Government engages youth in diaspora

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (fourth right), and Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States Audrey Marks (fourth left) share a moment with a group of Jamaican students who attend Howard University in Washington, DC, USA, during a recent reception hosted by the Embassy of Jamaica.

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith says the Government has started to engage Jamaican youth within the diaspora on matters of mutual interest. Senator Johnson Smith said particular focus is being placed on facilitating greater input by the young people in the decision-making process in Jamaica. In this regard, she said her ministry was working to establish the appropriate platform that facilitates their full participation. & ... Read More

Angela, Lisa and political maths

Michael Burke | Thursday, September 22, 2016    

HANNA...lost in her bid for a vice-presidential post

So the excitement came to an end when the results of the leadership election in the People’s National Party (PNP) were known last Saturday evening. Most commentators expected Dr Karl Blythe to lose his bid for the PNP presidency, but some 800 delegates did not vote at all for a president. Was it because it was a foregone conclusion that Portia Simpson Miller would win? Was it to send a message that it is time Portia steps down? Or was it a little of both? In the race for the vice-presiden ... Read More

That will not hold in Parliament

Hugh Dunbar | Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Mike Henry

The recent muttering of the Opposition and uttering of the Government are beginning to remind me of my high school days, in third form no less, where response to any reasonable spoken question or comment between students, if a suitable rebuttal could not be found to the initial comment, is the response, “That will hold you.” That is what it appears to be in the noises being made between the Government and Opposition about the deportees. The two political parties are carrying on like ... Read More

PNP rejects renewal to its peril

Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Robert Pickersgill, People’s National Party chairman

Dear Editor, The People’s National Party (PNP) delegates voted overwhelmingly last weekend in support of decades-old policies that have been tried, tested and failed. This is an obvious rejection of the proposed renewal of the party and can be interpreted as nothing else. The PNP is a political party in existence for 78 years, led by a 70-year-old, still seeking to flirt with the idea of socialism (or democratic socialism) in an era where power and control is cemented in the hands of ca ... Read More

Without renewal party will become irrelevant, PJ tells PNP

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor – publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 19, 2016    

Former Prime Minister and People’s National Party President PJ Patterson addressing yesterday’s closing seession of the party’s 78th annual conference. Patterson told them that renewal is necessary and said the party needed to embrace it or run the risk of becoming irrelevant. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Like a parent scolding an errant child, PJ Patterson yesterday warned the People’s National Party (PNP) that if it does not engage in renewal it runs the risk of becoming irrelevant and would lose its place in history. Patterson, who made it clear that he was not happy with the infighting in the party, also admonished Comrades who, by their reckless actions, were undermining the integrity of the 78-year-old PNP. Patterson has been a member of the party for more than three decades. He ros ... Read More

The true value of defeat

Monday, September 19, 2016    

People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller hugs defeated vice-presidential candidate Lisa Hanna after the party’s internal election yesterday inside the NAtional Arena in Kingston. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

If you have lived for any reasonable length of time you know about defeat. It’s a draining, disheartening thing. Many have simply given up after defeat. But there are those who grow stronger after losing, more sure-footed and hardened for future battles. If her words are anything to go by, Ms Lisa Hanna, a former Miss World — who at 41 remains a woman of uncommon beauty — is of the latter ilk. “The fire in my belly is just burning brighter because I am not giving up ... Read More

PNP reform

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor – publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 19, 2016    

People’s National Party President Portia Simpson Miller shakes hands with supporters as she leaves the public session of the party’s 78th annual conference at Jamaica College in St Andrew yesterday. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Portia Simpson Miller yesterday announced that she has instructed the People’s National Party (PNP) to establish a centralised system for election campaign donations after her predecessor, P J Patterson, made a strong recommendation for the measure at the public session of the Opposition party’s 78th annual conference. The disclosure comes as the party continues to grapple with a campaign funding scandal, which is now being investigated by the Office of the Contractor General (OCG). ... Read More



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