Blythe still smarting from Patterson’s Cabinet snub

BLYTHE... Omar and I have had our differences, and I know they are significant differences

Dr Karl Blythe left the Cabinet of Prime Minister PJ Patterson in March 2002 following findings by the Erwin Angus Commission, a month earlier, that he had mishandled certain affairs at agencies under the control of the Ministry of Water and Housing that he led. By November of that year he would be ... Read More

FERGUSON (with microphone) says men do not show enough respect to women Ferguson wants greater respect for women
MONTEGO BAY, St James — People’s National Party Vice-President Dr Fenton Ferguson has ca ... Read More

Dr Horace Chang JLP says Phillips desperate and reckless
THE Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has categorised as “desperate and reckless” a recent stat ... Read More

Michael Peart, now retired from representational politics, was the Member of Parliament for Manchester Southern for five terms. Renewal must not be done just for the sake of it – Peart
CROSS KEYS, Manchester — Former parliamentarian Michael Peart has urged the opposition People& ... Read More

Education minister to address nation tonight

Monday, August 22, 2016    

REID... will also use the broadcast to share his vision for the country’s education system

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid will be updating the nation on developments under the Education System Transformation Programme and the ministry’s Modernisation Programme in a televised broadcast tonight. “The minister will also use the broadcast to share his vision for the country’s education system,” a news release from the ministry said. The broadcast, which will air days before the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year, comes amidst heightened discussions rega ... Read More

Cost to patriotism

Monday, August 22, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (right) shakes hands with Michael Lee-Chin, chairman of the newly formed Economic Growth Council (EGC), while Dr Nigel Clarke, who has been appointed ambassador plenipotentiary for economic affairs, shares the occasion at the launch of the EGC last Wednesday at Jamaica House.

Dear Editor, I can remember during the 1990s when the Jamaican dollar kept sliding, and what was then called The Butch Stewart Initiative temporarily stopped that slide by his pumping in millions of United States dollars in the system. Today, Jamaica needs its economy to grow and has called on Michael Lee-Chin to serve as a “growth czar”. This isn’t a novel idea. President Obama called upon Warren Buffet and a team to voluntarily rescue the United States economy when they fa ... Read More

Blythe admits to supporting Portia in 2006 presidential race

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

BLYTHE... yes, I was very sympathetic towards her ticket (Joseph Wellington)

Although the odds are heavily stacked against him, Dr Karl Blythe remains in positive mode that he will make a statement against incumbent President of the People’s National Party (PNP) Portia Simpson Miller in next month’s leadership election. Dr Blythe is seeking to get the majority of the over 4,000 votes when the party meets on its highest decision-making platform, the Annual Conference, in September — something that some see as distant as Vybz Kartel beating Usain Bolt ov ... Read More

I also told Manley it was time for him to go — Blythe

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

MICHAEL MANLEY... stepped down as PNP President in 1992

Going against the shouts of the crowd is nothing new to former Member of Parliament Dr Enoch Karl Blythe, who is trying to unseat Portia Simpson Miller as President of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP). And Portia Simpson Miller is not the only leader who got an up close and personal message from Blythe that the exit gate was open and ready to be used. Dr Blythe, who shocked the local political scene last month when he announced that he would challenge Simpson Miller, also had ... Read More

Blythe fancies five possible PNP leaders

BY HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

BLYTHE ... unlike Portia, there are many of us who can take the party forward (Joseph Wellington)

There are five members of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) who Karl Blythe thinks are capable of leading the organisation into the next phase of its development. The former Cabinet minister and retired Member of Parliament for Westmoreland Central, who is challenging incumbent PNP President Portia Simpson Miller for leadership of the party next month, would not be drawn into listing, in order of priority, those whom he believes have the capability of running the show. In reit ... Read More

Those agro-parks and some questions for JC Hutchinson

Dr Dayton Campbell | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

HUTCHINSON ... challenged to answer questions

In politics, oftentimes we as politicians have been criticised for suddenly speaking on issues for which we seemingly had no solutions whilst in Government, but as soon as we are in Opposition we miraculously find all the solutions. It is with that perception in mind that I have been measured in my remarks regarding the portfolio of agriculture. I am, however, forced to comment on the minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries with responsibili ... Read More

Jamaica remains on track with IMF targets

Saturday, August 20, 2016    

Minister of Finance and the Public Service Audley Shaw (centre), at Friday’s IMF mission /Jamaica Government press conference at Jamaica House in Kingston with (from left) governor of the Bank of Jamaica Brian Wynter; acting financial secretary, Everton McFarlane; IMF chief of mission, Uma Ramakrishnan; and IMF resident representative, Dr Constant Lonkeng Nguouana.

JAMAICA is poised to secure a 13th drawdown, totalling US$40 million, from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), after the country is deemed to satisfying all quantitative performance targets and associated structural benchmarks under the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for the April to June quarter. Disbursement of the funds is subject to the approval of the IMF’s Executive Board, which is scheduled to meet in September. Details were provided by head of the IMF’s staff mission to J ... Read More

Good job, Andrew; on to the harder stuff

By Alexander Scott | Monday, August 15, 2016    

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre front row) and members of his Cabinet after they were sworn in at King’s House. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Andrew Holness seemed set to have a difficult time after the general election, what with a one-seat majority and a bag of promises. But much to the pleasant surprise to the majority — bar the real diehard Comrade — he has been performing well. With the “payday” somewhat implemented, auxiliary fees banished, a local government clean-up, and some ‘transparency’ in governance, he has some successes to speak of. However, more needs to be done as most low-hanging ... Read More

Bunting strategic, Blythe wasting time

Monday, August 08, 2016    

Dear Editor, The decision by Peter Bunting not to challenge Portia Simpson Miller for the presidency of the party is an excellent and strategic one, thus waiting on Simpson Miller to make her exit timetable public and to the party first. The decision will also allow him more time to work with islandwide delegates and get their overall majority support, guaranteeing him victory whenever the presidential elections are held. Bunting, being the strategic political thinker he is, is gaining much su ... Read More

Parliamentary privilege on trial

Monday, August 08, 2016    

MITCHELL... the rights for our constituents to have members of this Parliament who can speak freely in this place must be defended

NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC) – Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell is urging Parliament to approach the “Privy Council with dispatch” regarding a ruling by a High Court judge that a legislator had breached the constitutional rights of the environmental advocacy group, Save The Bays (STB), by disclosing private e-mails in Parliament. The Perry Christie Government has already said that it will appeal the ruling of Justice Indra Charles, who last Tuesday issued the ruling in the matter invol ... Read More



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