Stifling budget debate deliberately?

Gordon House in downtown Kingston, where the Jamaican Parliament meets. (File photo)

Dear Editor, Is the Government so unsure of its economic policies that it is prepared to stifle debate? The financial policy paper which contains details of the budget has still not been posted on the Ministry of Finance’s website. When I called last week to enquire, I was told that its post ... Read More

BLACK ... lauded by daughter Connoly for his support inside and outside of politics My father is my strength, Connoly says of dad Kenneth Black
The daughter of one of Jamaica’s most-talked-about individuals has singled out her father for ... Read More

PHILLIPS ... the party is not
the personal property of mine
(Photo: Naphtali Junior) PHILLIPS: I MADE NO DEAL
President-designate of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips has dism ... Read More

Leader of the Opposition Portia Simpson Miller (second right) leads members of the People’s National Party for the last time as president of the party during the march to Gordon House yesterday morning for the ceremonial opening of Parliament. With her in front are finance spokesman Peter Phillips (right) and MPs Lisa Hanna (left) and Natalie Neita Headley. PNP Comrades show support for Phillips
Several supporters of the People’s National Party (PNP) have expressed that while they will mi ... Read More

Acting President Black wants to rebrand, revamp PNPYO

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobser er.com | Sunday, February 12, 2017    

BLACK ... we need to reestablish ourselves as a voice (Kenyon Hemans)

The fourth woman to lead the Opposition People’s National Party’s Youth Organisation, Connoly Black wants to rebrand and revamp the movement, even as she has, realistically, only five months to do so. Black, who is serving as Acting President of the PNPYO until July when the Annual Congress will be held and new officers elected, is willing to work with the resources at her disposal to effect the relevant changes, although she is not sure if she will be in a position to sail the poli ... Read More

Portia expected to announce exit route today

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 05, 2017    

PHILLIPS ... warming up to take the baton from Simpson Miller

President of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller is expected to announce a timetable for her departure as head of the 79-year-old political party today. The meeting of the party’s powerful National Executive Council (NEC), the second- highest decision-making group within the PNP, is likely to hear Simpson Miller address members during its regular meeting to be held at the Hatfield Primary and Junior High School in Manchester. “The party leader ... Read More

PNP set to implode

Sunday, January 29, 2017    

Simpson Miller and Phillips share a happy moment at the PNP’s Annual Conference last year.

Some officials of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) are fuming over the refusal of its leader, Portia Simpson Miller, to vacate the office of president, thereby paving the way for the election of a new head, who would likely be veteran parliamentarian Dr Peter Phillips. Simpson Miller was quoted in media interviews on Thursday as saying that she will speak in the 2017-2018 Budget Debate in her capacity of Opposition Leader, on March 16, a revelation that shocked members of the ... Read More

62 years after the 1955 election

Michael Burke | Thursday, January 12, 2017    

MANLEY... conceived the Jamaica Welfare concept (Observer file)

The People’s National Party (PNP), led by Norman Washington Manley, won the third general election under universal adult suffrage in Jamaica on January 12, 1955. The tenure of Norman Manley as chief minister, and later premier, was really the expansion and fleshing out of the ‘Jamaica Welfare’ concept. This Saturday, January 14, 2017, marks 110 years since the 1907 earthquake. At the time, Norman Manley was 13-plus years old and a student at Jamaica College. The 1907 earthquak ... Read More

No need to panic

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January 06, 2017    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness outlining the reinvigorated plans to overhaul the public sector at Jamaica House yesterday. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood)

The Government has not yet crunched the numbers to determine how many jobs will be shaved as it rolls out the latest in a series of public sector transformation initiatives that have spanned various administrations, but Prime Minister Andrew Holness insists that there is no cause for panic. Addressing State officials, members of the private sector and other stakeholders at a meeting at Jamaica House yesterday, at which he outlined the reinvigorated plans to overhaul the public sector, Holness s ... Read More

No new taxes in supplementary budget, says Shaw

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, January 06, 2017    

SHAW… no taxes are to be tabled

MINISTER of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw confirmed yesterday that the First Supplementary Estimates for 2016/17 will be tabled in the House of Representatives next Tuesday. The minister, however, denied predictions made by Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller, in her New Year’s message, that the estimates will include increased taxes. Simpson Miller warned Jamaicans that the supplementary estimates “will hold the start of more bad news from the Government for the ... Read More

Obey the law, political ombudsman tells parties

Friday, January 06, 2017    

PARCHMENT BROWN… we are hoping to encourage the general secretaries to implore their members to obey the law

Political Ombudsman Donna Parchment Brown says her office remains concerned about the number of political flags, posters and other campaign paraphernalia that still remain on display in some divisions, particularly in the Corporate Area. Parchment Brown told the Jamaica Observer on Wednesday that she had just penned letters to the general secretaries of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party and the Opposition People’s National Party on the matter and would be moving to have it addressed urgent ... Read More

Dr Peter Phillips — tested and proven performer

Aujae K Dixon | Monday, January 02, 2017    

PHILLIPS... now the sole aspirant so far for the PNP presidency.

Since he indicated his intent to contest for the presidency of the People’s National Party discussions have shifted from his achievements in helping to move this country forward over the past few years to his age and how old he will be at the next election. While I admire a young and vibrant leader, age cannot be the only criterion by which a leader should be judged or defined. For me, performance is also an important factor, and if we are to assess the last Administration, Dr Peter Philli ... Read More

JLP/PNP stand-off in St Thomas over choice of deputy mayor

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, December 29, 2016    

MCKENZIE ... said after the election that dialogue is necessary

IT appears that the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) are heading for a showdown over the leadership of the St Thomas Municipal Corporation. The media had reported excerpts from a letter sent to Prime Minister Andrew Holness last week by an attorney for PNP councillors, suggesting his intervention into the unresolved issue of the appointment of the deputy mayor of Morant Bay and giving a 14-day ultimatum for possible legal action if the cur ... Read More



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