OCA wants 'financial abuse' recognised as domestic violence

Diahann Gordon Harrison

THE Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA) says that the concept of domestic violence should be expanded to include instances of "financial abuse". Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon-Harrison told Parliament's joint select committee reviewing the sexual abuse legislations at Gordon House yesterday ... Read More

Finance and Planning Minister Peter Phillips (centre) addresses
journalists at a recent Jamaica House media briefing at the Office of
the Prime Minister, where he provided an update on matters pertaining to
the country's economic programme. Beside Phillips are Minister with
responsibility for Information Senator Sandrea Falconer and Minister
Without Portfolio, Ministry of Finance and Planning, Horace Dalley.
(PHOTO: JIS) Gov’t eyes pay increase offer for public sector workers
THE Government is expected to make a pay increase offer to trade unions representing its employees w ... Read More

State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign
Trade Arnaldo Brown. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) 'And they say talk is cheap'
JAMAICA Observer online readers have weighed in on reports about the high cellphone bills racked up ... Read More

HYLTON... Customs Agency is
playing a key role for Jamaica
in the revision process Jamaica wants changes to Caricom's Rules of Origin policy
THE minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton, says that there is a need to ensu ... Read More

OUR admits directors’ appointment could be more transparent

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, October 30, 2014    

MONROE ELLIS...the appointment
framework may give rise to the
perception that there is interference in
the regulatory decisions

THE Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) says it accepts concerns raised by the auditor general about the method of selecting its directors, but maintains that changes will require Cabinet and parliamentary approval. The OUR made the admission in a submission to the Parliament Public Accounts Committee (PAC), chaired by Audley Shaw, on Tuesday at Gordon House. The committee is reviewing Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis's 2013/14 report, in which she says that her office had identified incon ... Read More

JCC head is dead

Monday, October 27, 2014    

KENNEDY... passed peacefully surrounded by his immediate family

ALERT government officials and recipients of national awards knew that there was something ominous when Francis ‘Paco’ Kennedy’s wife Marjorie had to receive his honour in his place at King’s House on Monday. The joy of the national honour failed to mask the sadness which Mrs Kennedy bore as she accepted the Commander of the Order of Distinction (CD) from Governor General Patrick Allen on behalf of her ailing husband. But Francis Kennedy, president of the Jamaica Chambe ... Read More

Foreign ministry cautions about requirements for travel to Caricom states

Monday, October 27, 2014    

Foreign ministry official Lloyd Wilks
reminds Jamaicans of requirements for
travelling to Caricom member states

AN official in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade is reminding Jamaicans seeking employment in another CARICOM member states that they must obtain a Free Movement of Skills Certificate. The official, Lloyd Wilks, the ministry's director of Diaspora Consular Affairs, said at the same time that those travelling for pleasure must meet certain requirements in order to gain entry in the country of interest. In an interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), he reiterated t ... Read More

Senator Golding gives update on court issues

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobser.com | Monday, October 27, 2014    

GOLDING… congratulated by
Opposition for his co-operation
and polite responses

A classic example of how a Senate aspiring to the "best" Upper House ought to work was displayed last Friday. Opposition Senator Robert Montague, probably best known in the Senate for the volumes of questions he tables weekly on a wide variety of issues which often irritate Government members, got responses to questions on the court system, including how the Government intends to deal with the huge backlog of cases. The questions were directed at the overworked Justice Minister Senator Mark Go ... Read More

Pay outstanding taxes, Arscott urges Jamaicans

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

ARSCOTT... the money will be

MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Noel Arscott is appealing to Jamaicans to pay over the $2.8 billion in outstanding property taxes for the current fiscal year. This will ensure that the target of $7.26 billion for the financial year is met, the minister said. "I am making a special appeal for this gap to be filled. The reality is that the money we collect from the citizens of Jamaica will be returned to them in the form of services," Arscott stated last Thursday, at the p ... Read More

Government wants to speed up criminal trials

Sunday, October 26, 2014    

GOLDING ... a Cabinet submission has
been prepared

THE Government will be implementing a raft of initiatives aimed at increasing the rate of completion of criminal cases, including Gun Court matters. This was disclosed by Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding during the sitting of the Senate on Friday. The minister was responding to questions posed by Opposition Senator Robert Montague on the state of the Gun Court in Jamaica. Senator Golding stated that the Criminal Justice (Plea Negotiations and Agreements) Act is to be amended in an ef ... Read More

Ministry blames CHEC for payment flop

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, October 26, 2014    

SEWELL... we are
hoping that they will
honour the agreement

PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing Audrey Sewell has blamed Chinese interests in Jamaica's infrastructure development programme for the delayed payments to Jamaican contractors. Sewell told a meeting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) last week that a proposal was discussed and agreed with CHEC's local bosses to expedite payment to small sub-contractors. Under the agreement, the Chinese construction firm would make availabl ... Read More

Gov't to use shared corporate services to reduce admin expenses

Saturday, October 25, 2014    

POTTINGER-SCOTT... the intention is to use that shared corporate services
approach to try and deal with some of the areas and functions inside of

THE Government is moving to implement shared corporate services within the public sector, to reduce the cost of administrative functions and to improve efficiency. A shared corporate service represents the combining of service activities across different organisations, to improve efficiency and service delivery. Speaking on the Jamaica Information Service television programe, Issues and Answers, Director General of the Public Sector Transformation and Modernisation Programme (PSTMP) Veniece Po ... Read More

JEEP/MIDP contractors to be paid tomorrow

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, October 23, 2014    

HUNTER... agrees that the payment delays were unacceptable

Hunter gave the assurance after the members of parliament (MPs) warned the NWA's representatives at yesterday's weekly meeting of parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) at Gordon House that the situation was getting out of control. "As it now stands, coming out of yesterday's (Tuesday's) meeting with CHEC (China Harbour Engineering Company), payments will be made on Friday (tomorrow) for all the outstanding works done on the JEEP," Hunter said. He stated that th ... Read More

I was shocked

BY HORACE HINES Observer West reporter | Thursday, October 23, 2014    

Michael Erskine at his
Westmoreland home.

PETERSFIELD, Westmoreland — Attorney-at-law Michael Erskine conceded that he was stunned after being beaten by businessman Dwayne Vaz during Sunday's run-off in the race to be the People' National Party (PNP) candidate to replace the late Roger Clarke as the standard bearer in the Central Westmoreland constituency. "I was shocked after the results were announced, because I had the delegates, I had the delegates. I spoke to each and everyone. But there is something bigger than me that caus ... Read More



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