New bill to cover disaster management funding tabled

ODPEM’s efforts are tailored
to help minimise the
devastation caused by
natural disasters in
communities such as
Portland Cottage, a section of
which is seen here following
Hurricane Ivan in 2004.

FINANCING of the National Disaster Fund (NDF) is to be expanded to improve the availability of funding for disaster mitigation. This is included in the Disaster Risk Management Bill, which was this week tabled in the House of Representatives by Minister of Local Government and Community Developmen ... Read More

COOKE… to be buried on August 8 Gov’t MP says Sir Howard was a ‘warrior’, too
GOVERNMENT backbencher Andre Hylton says he believes former Governor General Sir Howard Cooke, who d ... Read More

CLARKE… says nature of
operation should allow a full
and timely recovery Minister Clarke leaves this weekend for back surgery in US
AGRICULTURE Minister Roger Clarke will leave the island on the weekend for the United States of Amer ... Read More

Minister of Finance and
Planning Dr Peter Phillips Gov't assumes financial obligations to facilitate divestment
GOVERNMENT is planning to assume approximately $27 billion in debt owed by Clarendon Alumina Product ... Read More

PM praises NAJASO's support to Jamaica

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

President of the Council of Caribbean Organisations Leopold Edwards (2nd right)
displays the Outreach Service Award presented by the National Association of
Jamaican and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO) at its 37th annual banquet
and awards ceremony held at the Sheraton Hotel in College Park, Maryland.
Sharing in the moment are (from left) NAJASO’s President Rick Nugent;
NAJASO’s Convention Director Carol Williams; and NAJASO’s Vice-President
for the northeast region, Sadie Campbell. (PHOTOS: JIS/DERRICK SCOTT)

WASHINGTON, DC, USA — Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has hailed the National Association of Jamaica and Supportive Organisations (NAJASO) for the outstanding work it continues to provide on behalf of Jamaica. "I am particularly pleased at the association's efforts to channel the much needed humanitarian assistance and the promotion of trade and business opportunities that have benefitted Jamaica," she stated. The prime minister's commendation came in a message read by president of ... Read More

Heat on tax dodgers

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Tax Fraud

FINANCE Minister Peter Phillips yesterday blamed tax avoidance and evasion as major contributors to Jamaica's debt problems. "...I daresay, and if we are to be honest, it is the failure to support the revenues on the part of so many persons, that is at least, in part, accountable for the extent of the debt that has built up over the years," Dr Phillips told the House of Representatives. He said that, in the absence of adequate revenues to meet expenditure expected by the population, there has ... Read More

UDC unveils design for new home of Forum Fishing Village

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

The Forum Fishing Village which is to be demolished for development of a marina and
entertainment complex as part of the development of the Forum Hotel property.

THE Urban Development Corporation (UDC) recently unveiled layout designs for a new fishing village at Port Henderson Road (Back Road) in St Catherine to replace the informal Forum Fishing Village located on the Forum Beach. Occupants of this informal settlement, including fisherfolk, commercial interests and residents, were asked to vacate the beach in light of the UDC's sale of the Forum Hotel in January. The Jamaica Observer first reported in its July 21 publication that the fisherfolk were ... Read More

22 civil servants to benefit from public financial management courses

Thursday, July 24, 2014    

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Management Institute for
National Development (MIND) Ruby Brown (left) engages in
light discussion with Commissioner General of Tax
Administration Jamaica Ainsley Powell. Occasion was the
official opening and orientation session of the Tax Audit and
Revenue Administration Post-Graduate Diploma programme on
Monday at the Management Institute for National Development
in St Andrew. (PHOTO: JIS)

TWENTY-TWO public sector employees are to benefit from a series of courses, aimed at increasing the understanding of Public Financial Management (PFM) challenges, and creating tools and approaches to help the administration adopt improved PFM practices. The objective of the training is to build the PFM knowledge, skills and performance of mid-level staff of government who are responsible for financial reporting; budget and accounting functions; managing the Chart of Accounts (COA); and impleme ... Read More

What is to become of us?

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 21, 2014    

This fishing village is to be
demolished for development of a
marina and entertainment complex as
part of the development of the Forum
Hotel property.

Scores of fisherfolks are bittterly complaining of being hard done by, as the state-run Urban Development Corporation (UDC) moves to clear a strip of fishing beach slated for development as a marina and entertainment complex, on the old Forum Hotel property in Portmore, St Catherine. The fishermen claimed to have been left off a list of persons who are to be relocated to a nearby plot of land on the nearby Port Henderson Road. They also charged that in their place, several persons who were neit ... Read More

State Funeral for Sir Howard

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Howard Cooke

FORMER Governor-General Sir Howard Cooke, who died on July 11, will be accorded a State Funeral, the Government announced on the weekend. The State Funeral will take place at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, 1 George Headley Drive, Kingston on Friday, August 8, 2014 commencing at 10:00 am and interment will follow at the National Heroes Park, the Government said in a news release. Sir Howard, who was 98, died in the Andrews Memorial Hospital in Kingston. Among his many achievements, he was an elect ... Read More

Portland in crisis, says Vaz

Monday, July 21, 2014    

Daryl Vaz

West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz has urged the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment & Climate Change (MWLECC) to urgently intervene in trucking water to severely affected communities in the constituency. Vaz said that all funds allocated to the Portland Parish Council for the trucking of water had been exhausted. Since January this year, the Council had spent $4 million received from the Local Government Ministry to ... Read More

Parliamentary commissions' reports

With Balford Henry | Sunday, July 20, 2014    

CHUCK… reminded the meeting that a committee had
been set up under the previous administration to
examine all parliamentary commissions’ reports. GOLDING… we have so many of these
parliamentary commissions now, I am not sure
that a single committee would be effective in
providing the commissions with the kind of
support and action that they need & Sir Howard Cooke giving the Throne Speech in
Parliament during his tenure as governor-general. Sir
Howard passed away on July 11.

Parliament may be finally coming around to the need to pay more attention to reports from its commissions, which are so critical to the governance process but are usually ignored to the extent that nothing more is heard about them after the excitement generated when they are tabled and covered by the press. In May 2013, following the tabling of the public defender's report on the May 2010 Tivoli operation, this column suggested that "there seems to be a thread running through virtually all the ... Read More

Senate likely to validate Portmore Council's actions today

Friday, July 18, 2014    

Leon Thomas

THE Senate is expected to give its assent today to the Bill seeking to indemnify acting mayor of Portmore, Leon Thomas, and the Portmore Municipal Council (PMC) from legal actions they may face for performing in breach of the Municipalities Act, since January. The Opposition raised strong objections in the House of Representatives on Tuesday to the way the Government had gone about rectifying the situation, which developed after the passing of Mayor George Lee in September 2013, which led to t ... Read More

Gov’t identifies priority sectors for export-led growth

Friday, July 18, 2014    

Anthony Hylton

GOVERNEMNT will be placing focus on a few priority sectors under phase two of the National Export Strategy (NES) as it looks to improve the country's exports. Emphasis will be placed on areas such as agro processing/agribusiness, mining, film and animation, information technology-enabled services, and manufacturing, Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce Anthony Hylton told a press conference to announce the results of the FINPME ExportPlus Programme for small exporters, held recently at ... Read More



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