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Political party meetings used to be a time of singing, dancing and merriment.

Dear Editor, Almost every year the people of Jamaica complain, lament and protest in disgust that the successive administrations are corrupt and none do anything to help them or make their lives easier. I believe this happens because the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and People's National Party (PNP) ... Read More

Honorary Jamaican Consul in
Serbia, Mirko Miljus (left)
receiving his medal of
appreciation from Arnold
Foote, president of the World
Federation of Consuls.
Looking on is an unnamed
board member of the
Federation. Honorary consul sees good prospects for Jamaica in Serbia
Jamaica's Honorary Consul in Serbia Mirko Miljus has identified Jamaican tourism, rum, coffee, sauce ... Read More

Some 136,000 students islandwide benefit from government’s school-feeding programme of which
nutribun snacks, including bun and bag milk provided by Nutrition Products Limited, is a part.
(Observer file photo) Improved school-feeding initiative starts this week
THE Ministry of Education will this week commence its increased nutritional support to the early chi ... Read More

HENRY-WILSON… J-TEC will be both a regulatory and
developmental entity for the tertiary sector J-TEC being readied to regulate and transform Jamaica's tertiary sector
MAXINE Henry-Wilson yesterday assured Jamaicans that legislation has been drafted to regulate the te ... Read More

Canada gives vital aid to justice reform in Jamaica

BY INGRID BROWN Associate editor - special assignment browni@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica Robert Ready addressing the Jamaica Observer Press Club last Wednesday. With him are Dr Gail Miller (centre), regional
executive director of Canada’s Caribbean regional programme; and Gwen Walmsley, deputy director of the Caribbean programme. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

CANADIAN High Commissioner Robert Ready, said while his country's CDN$20- million effort to assist with the reform of Jamaica's justice system will not be the magic bullet to cure all its challenges, it will be an important contribution. The Canadian Government currently provides support to the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) for the implementation of a comprehensive justice reform agenda under the Justice Undertakings for Social Transformation (JUST) programme. The five-year initiative, which comm ... Read More

AGD says $22m in rent arrears uncollectible

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

A landlord must ensure that upon service of the notice to quit at least one of the prescribed reasons in the Rent
Restriction Act is clearly stated in the notice, otherwise the landlord may run the risk of serving an invalid notice.

THE Administrator General's Department (AGD) says that arrears of $22 million in rent for dwellings it administers, which were reported by the Auditor General in her 2012/13 annual report, are uncollectible. According to the AGD, the factors which continue to prevent a 100 per cent collection include the volatile areas in which some properties are located. "In some of these cases, the agents face threats on their lives in trying to collect rent and serve legal documents," the department stated ... Read More

Bankruptcy Bill to be tabled Tuesday

With Balford Henry | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

GOLDING… had to table a special
report in the Senate, then withdraw his
original Bill

The Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce (MIIC) has assured us that the newly amended Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill 2014 will be tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday. The Bill was expected to be tabled on September 17, following the withdrawal of the original Bill from the Senate, the previous Friday, by Justice Minister Senator Mark Golding. Minister of industry, investment and commerce Anthony Hylton, who should have tabled the original Bill in the first place, will ti ... Read More

IMF making things easier for PNP Gov't — Shaw

Friday, September 26, 2014    

SHAW… I was hauled over the coals for not implementing the reforms, yet the current Government has
gotten an extension to 2016

OPPOSITION Spokesman on Finance and Planning Audley Shaw says that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been much easier on the current administration than it was on the previous Jamaica Labour Party Government. However, Shaw says that the Government has failed to capitalise on its good luck, by ignoring the need for growth-inducement strategies. "Passing the IMF test in and of itself cannot yield the incremental benefits the economy needs," the Opposition spokesman told a JLP press brief ... Read More

McKenzie demands update on probe into Oshane Dothlyn's death

Friday, September 26, 2014    

MCKENZIE... we have become a society with a widening
trust deficit

MEMBER of Parliament for West Kingston Desmond McKenzie has written to the Independent Commission fo Investigations (INDECOM) demanding an update on investigations into the death of Oshane Dothlyn. Dothlyn, 20, died in February while in custody at the Darling Street Police Station where he was being held on ganja possession charges. He was found dead in his cell on February 2, a day after he was taken into custody by the police. Wednesday, McKenzie said his call was against heightened public ... Read More

St Elizabeth's last goodbye

Tuesday, September 23, 2014    

Pall-bearers carry Clarke’s
body out of the church.

SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Residents of this south central community said their final farewell to the late agriculture minister Roger Clarke at Sharon Baptist Church here on Friday, September 12. Hundreds turned up to view the body of the popular politician as it lay in state at the church for three hours. Clarke, native of Westmoreland, spent most of his years as a political representative in St Elizabeth. He was parish councillor for the Balaclava Division from 1986-91 — a peri ... Read More

Party mood at Arena

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Observer staff reporter hibbertk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 22, 2014    

Angella Robinson from East
Portland rejoices as she
listens to the promises being
made by her party leader.

THE National Arena was yesterday transformed into a sea of orange and black as thousands of People's National Party (PNP) supporters turned up to celebrate the 76th year of the political party at its annual conference. The event, which started at 9:00 am and ended a few minutes after 3:00 pm had bus, taxi and car loads of comrades travelling to the arena to revel with their fellow party supporters. As they made their way, some hung orange flags through bus windows while blowing vuvuzuelas, and ... Read More

Portia, PNP confident of local gov’t, general election wins

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 22, 2014    

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller waves to supporters from the stage at the People's National Party's 76th Annual Conference at the National Arena,
yesterday. See story on Page 4. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller told supporters at the National Arena yesterday that her governing People's National Party (PNP) will win next year's local government elections, as well as the 2016 General Election. The prime minister added that she was confident that the people of Jamaica know that the PNP is the best party to govern Jamaica. "Comrades, are you ready?" the PNP leader asked the crowd at the party's 76th Annual Conference at the National Arena. The answer was an extended p ... Read More

JUTC to earn $1.3b per year from new fares

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior staff reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, September 22, 2014    

A fleet of JUTC buses

THE Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) will make an additional $1.3 billion a year from the fare increase introduced in late August, except for this year when it will only rake in approximately $850 million more since the increases took effect nearly five months into the 2014/15 fiscal year. But responding to questions raised by Opposition members Audley Shaw and Mike Henry at last Wednesday's weekly meeting of Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee (PAAC) at Gordon H ... Read More

Santa Cruz transport centre gazetted

Monday, September 22, 2014    

The mostly unused transport
centre in Santa Cruz.

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — It has taken all of five years. Now, the St Elizabeth Parish Council says it has the legal authority to compel taxi and bus drivers to use a transport centre built in 2009 at the west end of the Santa Cruz town centre. This follows the long-awaited gazetting of the transport centre by Parliament, chairman of the St Elizabeth Parish Council and mayor of Black River, Everton Fisher, told the Jamaica Observer Central last week. Fisher said there would be an offic ... Read More



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