Who should replace Roger Clarke as minister of agriculture?

(L-R) Collin Gager, deputy mayor of
Falmouth. Hugh Brown, farmer, Trelawny. Jodiann Warren, assistant
nurse, St James

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller is expected to name a new minister of agriculture and fisheries to replace the late Roger Clarke, who was laid to rest in his native Glen Islay in Williamsfield, Westmoreland, on Saturday. The Jamaica Observer's Mark Cummings yesterday got mixed responses when h ... Read More

Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson Health ministry supporting nation's nutritional goals
HEALTH Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says the ministry has embarked on several activities aimed at sup ... Read More

(L-R) GOLDING… tabled Bill in Senate last
December. HYLTON… chairman of committee House committee says Bankruptcy Bill not user-friendly
THE draft Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill, which aims at creating an environment for rehabilitating b ... Read More

(L-R) KELLIER… ministry will be taking action where there are
breaches. CHARLES… expected to respond to Kellier when the debate
resumes this week Flexible work arrangements to be delayed again
DESPITE fulfilling his promise to debate flexible working arrangements (FWAs) in the House of Repres ... Read More

Moving farewell for one-of-a-kind Roger Clarke

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller comforts Clarke’s son Andrew. (PHOTO: MICHAEL GORDON)

SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — In life, Roger Harold Clifford Clarke had many, many friends. Yesterday, scores of them, and even persons who had not known him personally, came out to say their final farewell to the man whom Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller described as a gentle giant and phenomenal Jamaican patriot, during her tribute at the service of thanksgiving for the late affable politician at the St George's Anglican Church in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland. "He was a unique fri ... Read More

Extensive coverage of Roger Clarke’s funeral

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Politicians and other well-wishers
join in the ceremony.

Farewell to Roger View more photos here: Roger Clarke's Funeral — Sept-13-2014 (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON) Read More

Parliament finds a way out of Insolvency Bill muddle

With Balford Henry | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

NICHOLSON... it’s not an unusual
TAVARES FINSON... not aware of
outstanding issues.
GOLDING ... withdrew original Bill that
he tabled in December.
HYLTON... seemed concerned about
the procedure

THE Senate seemed so willing to relieve itself of the burden of taking the lead on the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA) last Friday, that members didn't even ask for time to read, let alone digest a special report from the Joint Select Committee (JSC) which reviewed the Bill before giving unanimous approval. The special report is the result of advice to the JSC from Parliament's legislative counsel, Cameka Facey, as to how to resolve the riddle of where it should be debated. This follows th ... Read More

Roger's Clarke's passing and the aftermath

BY TROY CAINE Sunday Observer writer trodencorp@gmail.com | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

CLARKE ... son of a farmer and nurse (AND) BUCHANAN ... on the list of colourful politicians (THEN) SANGSTER ... among the youngest politicians to die

HISTORICALLY, there has been hardly any real political excitement associated with the constituency of Central Westmoreland over the years. Perhaps only the public scrutiny placed on former Member of Parliament (MP) Dr Karl Blythe regarding the Operation Pride scandal which contributed to his exit from politics. Or perhaps the pressure put on an earlier MP, Walter Cheddesingh by his Councillor, Pearl McKoy in the late 1970s, in an effort to wrest the seat from him - which actually succeeded, but ... Read More

Government expands opportunities under CAP

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

THE Ministry of Education has expanded opportunities for more than 6,000 students, age 16 to 18, to receive career-related training in 53 institutions islandwide for this school year. Under the revamped Career Advancement Programme (CAP), sixth-form students who are pursuing the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) have the option of pursuing both the academic and vocational pathways that will enable them to receive dual certification. The CAP sixth form option will include a skil ... Read More

Creary resigns as JLP caretaker for SE St Mary

Saturday, September 13, 2014    

CREARY... it is my intention to
concentrate my efforts and
resources on the Richmond
Division which I have served for
the last 11 years

FORMER mayor of Port Maria, Richard Creary, has resigned as Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for South East St Mary. Announcing his decision by way of a press release yesterday, Creary said that he intends to turn his focus on the upcoming local government elections. "With local government elections due, it is my intention to concentrate my efforts and resources on the Richmond Division which I have served for the last 11 years. I intend to work tirelessly with the St Mary team to regain c ... Read More

Gov’t moves to beat new Insolvency Bill deadline

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September 12, 2014    

(L-R) GOLDING… tabled Bill in Senate last
December. HYLTON… chairman of committee

THE report of the Joint Select Committee of Parliament on the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill will be tabled in the Senate today, despite the committee's failure to agree on a supervisor of insolvency under the new Act. The Jamaica Observer understands that there have been differences among members of the committee, stakeholders and the overseas consultant, Patrick Shea, as to whether the Financial Services Commission (FSC) or the Office of the Trustee in Bankruptcy (OTB) should become the super ... Read More

Hundreds turn out to view Roger Clarke's body at PNP HQ

BY PAUL HENRY henryp@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September 12, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller
(right) and Mayor of Kingston Angela Brown
Burke view the body of late Agriculture
Minister Roger Clarke at the People’s National
Party headquarters, yesterday.

HUNDREDS of people turned out yesterday for the public viewing of the body of the late Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke at the headquarters of the People's National Party (PNP) in Kingston. Among them were Government officials, Opposition members, dignitaries, and former police commissioners Owen Ellington and Lucius Thomas. The viewing, which started at 9:00 am sharp and ended at 3:00 pm, also had in attendance hundreds of PNP supporters dressed in orange (the party's colour). Some cried ope ... Read More

Mario Deane's family rejects Government's offer to assist with burial

BY KARYL WALKER Editor - Crime/Court Desk walkerk@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, September 12, 2014    

LORNE... the Jamaican
government has not
accepted responsibility
for Mario Deane’s death

DESPITE being strapped for cash, relatives of Mario Deane, who died on August 6 from wounds received in a vicious mauling while in the custody of the police on August 3, have snubbed an offer from the Jamaican Government to pay for his funeral expenses. Miguel Lorne, the attorney representing the interests of Deane's relatives, told the Jamaica Observer that the State should admit its culpability before any deal can be inked. "The family has decided to refuse that offer. The Jamaican Governmen ... Read More

Registered political parties to receive State funding under amended Act

Friday, September 12, 2014    

PAULWELL... tabled a Bill
Tuesday seeking to amend the
Representation of the People
Act to make provisions for the
registration, regulation and
funding of political parties

POLITICAL parties registered under the amended Representation of the People Act (ROPA), proposed in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, are to receive annual state funding. However, this funding cannot be more than 40 per cent of the party's income during its previous financial year's operations. This was disclosed in a Bill seeking to amend ROPA to make provisions for the registration, regulation and funding of political parties, which was tabled in the House of Representatives by Minist ... Read More



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