OCG to review Mike Henry's KCT complaints

(L) DAVIES… tabled a Ministry Paper outlining the terms and
conditions of the public-private partnership arrangement.
(R) HENRY… absolute transparency is required.

THE Office of the Contractor General (OCG) is to review a complaint from Opposition spokesman on Transport and Works, Mike Henry, pertaining to the bidding process for the operation of the Kingston Container Terminal (KCT). Henry had asked the OCG to investigate the details of the bidding process t ... Read More

said to be elated No Surprise
THE attorney representing disgraced former Lucea Mayor Shernet Haughton yesterday said he had no dou ... Read More

US President Barack Obama (second right) is greeted by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness on
Obama’s arrival at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston on April 8, 2015. (PHOTO:
BRYAN CUMMINGS) Why Obama had no meeting with Holness
UNITED States President Barack Obama was opposed to meeting Jamaica's Opposition Leader Andrew Holne ... Read More

(L-R) SAMUDA ... wants format of debate to change.  PAULWELL ... leader of Government business.  KELLIER ... interesting to see how he will handle his portfolios New Sectoral Debate format a challenge for members
THE first test of the new format for the annual Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives last ... Read More

Wheatley outlines 'work from home' proposal

Saturday, April 18, 2015    

Andrew Wheatley (file photo)

OPPOSITION spokesman on science, ICT and digital economy development, Dr Andrew Wheatley, has proposed an initiative through which specific public sector jobs could be done by workers utilising technology from home. The initiative, called the Electronic Home Office Mode of Employment (e-HOME), would see workers using broadband and various other technologies to facilitate working from home. Dr Wheatley, who was making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House on Wednesday, ar ... Read More

Opposition surprised at lack of monitoring at industry ministry

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, April 09, 2015    

SAMUDA ... we are tired of empty promises

THE failure of the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) to monitor and evaluate the performance of its departments and agencies has come as a surprise to Opposition spokesman Karl Samuda. Samuda told last Tuesday's meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the House of Representatives that ministry bosses not only reviewed quarterly reports from the departments and agencies during this period, but also required monthly reports during his tenure as minister of industry, ... Read More

Some improvement, but problems still plague Port Antonio

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior Staff Reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

A section of the sidewalk
on West Palm Avenue.

Today we start a new series on Jamaica's parish capitals and major towns, with particular focus on their infrastructure. Beautiful and breathtaking are among the adjectives most Jamaicans use when speaking of the north-eastern parish of Portland, with its startlingly lush plains and picturesque vales. But on entering the capital town of Port Antonio, one may be taken by surprise by its big-city hustle and bustle. It feels like just about most of its population of 30,000 are out and about on th ... Read More

Phillips says Opposition 'making a mockery' of IMF test passes

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 27, 2015    

PHILLIPS… we will continue
to honour our commitments

MINISTER of Finance and Planning Dr Peter Phillips has accused the Opposition of "belittling and making a mockery" of the passing of the economic tests set by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Dr Phillips, closing the budget debate in the House on Wednesday, said it took the People's National Party (PNP) administration almost 18 months in power before it could get the IMF, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank "to give Jamaica another chance" and commit to support th ... Read More

NIF will remain viable, says minister

Friday, March 27, 2015    

Minister of Finance Peter Phillips

MINISTER of Finance and Planning Peter Phillips says the National Insurance Fund (NIF) will remain viable, despite concerns being raised about its sustainability. The minister was closing the 2015/16 budget debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Dr Phillips told the Lower House that an actuarial review had already been undertaken to assess the sustainability of the pension fund in the medium-to long-term period. "That report will be tabled in the House in April. In fact, a road ... Read More

Holness says Gov’t knows nothing about growing economy

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 20, 2015    

Andrew Holness

LEADER of the Opposition Andrew Holness warned yesterday that if the Government fails to meet its $12-billion tax compliance target in 2015/16, there is the likelihood of another tax package to fill the gap. "... Don't be surprised if you wake up one morning and find that the minister of finance drops an additional $12 billion in taxes," he told the House of Representatives in his contribution to the 2015/16 budget debate. "He (finance minister) is like that; the minister doesn't want to see y ... Read More

Shaw: Riverton fires could affect growth projections

Friday, March 20, 2015    

A firefighter trains his
hose onto the fire at
the Riverton dump.

OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, has warned that the frequency of fires at the Riverton City dump in Kingston could affect growth projections. Shaw told the House of Representatives, during the budget debate on Tuesday, that the fire shows that in considering growth strategies, the country has to be careful that it doesn't do things that subtract from growth, which is what the Riverton fire will do. "At last count, hundreds of Jamaicans showed up at the health facilit ... Read More

Holness wants SLB to get part of funding allocated to colleges

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Senior staff reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 20, 2015    

HOLNESS… Government
needs to make up its mind on
the funding of tertiary

OPPOSITION leader Andrew Holness proposed yesterday that the Government redirect a portion of its annual subvention to tertiary institutions to the Students' Loan Bureau (SLB) to enable it to provide more loans to borrowers. He said this stream of funds could be used for special low interest rate loans, of not more than two per cent, which students would be allowed up to 30 years to repay. "In other words, the allocation that the Government makes on an annual basis to the universities, it coul ... Read More

Shaw wants urgent actuarial review of NIF

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, March 20, 2015    

Audley Shaw

OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning, Audley Shaw, has called for an urgent actuarial review of the National Insurance Fund (NIF). "The National Insurance Fund is paying out more money than it is receiving, which is being augmented by income from investments and loans and which, I believe, is not a sustainable formula to run a State pension fund in the medium to long-term period," Shaw told the House of Representatives Tuesday in his contribution to the Budget Debate. "This urgently re ... Read More

'If you don't like Andrew, leave'

BY MARK CUMMINGS Editor-at- Large, Western Bureau cummings@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, March 16, 2015    

SMITH... If you are not satisfied with our leader there are other
places you can go, but you cannot stay within the four corners
of our organisation and tear it down

HAGUE, Trelawny — Former Member of Parliament and Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for North Trelawny Ernest Smith has thrown down the gauntlet to those in the party opposed to the leadership of party president Andrew Holness, urging them to leave the organisation. "To those detractors of our leader, to them I say, 'If you are not satisfied with our leader there are other places you can go, but you cannot stay within the four corners of our organisation and rather than helping to buil ... Read More



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