Holness expresses regret, points to public policy issue in court declaration

HOLNESS… the entire
situation is regrettable,
including the embarrassment
caused to Arthur and Chris

ANDREW Holness yesterday expressed regret at the saga involving himself and former Opposition senators Arthur Williams and Dr Christopher Tufton, saying that it was never his intention to act unconstitutionally when he required the signing of undated resignation letters before appointing his team to ... Read More

The Bailey bridge designed by the National
Works Agency parallel to the Lucea West River
(Riley River) bridge to accommodate the National
Water Commission Water pipe and pedestrians. Controversy rages over Bailey bridge in Lucea
LUCEA, Hanover — The National Works Agency (NWA) says it has no problem with the width of a pe ... Read More

(L)SHAW… we are here being
concerned about remuneration
and I'm concerned about
motion in the House
(R)PRYCE… their work go far
beyond public perception Shaw raps Electoral Commission
OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Audley Shaw yesterday urged the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ ... Read More

KERR-JARRETT… I truly believe that
this is the right decision Kerr-Jarrett leaving representational politics
PAULA Kerr-Jarrett yesterday told the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) that she would be resign ... Read More

Shaw says Gov't tax incentive scheme in confusion

BY BALFORD HENRY Senior Staff Reporter balfordh@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, January 26, 2015    

Audley Shaw

OPPOSITION spokesman on finance and planning Audley Shaw has raised concern about what he sees as "confusion" surrounding the promulgation of the Government's competitive incentive scheme. Shaw told Thursday's Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE) Investment & Capital Markets conference at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston that the latest example of what is causing the confusion stems from the tabling of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Green Paper in the House of Representatives recently b ... Read More

House Committee denounces high bank charges

BY ALPHEA SAUNDERS Parliamentary reporter saundersa@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January 21, 2015    

Phillips... “When you look at the fees — the ABM fees, the e-banking fees, those are the highest amounts

THE Economy and Production Committee of the House of Parliament yesterday denounced high banking transaction costs and, in particular, fees on deposits being charged by bankers. "When you look at the overall cost of operating and the overall cost to the customer... what I've seen, especially for the two big banks, they are less concerned about providing more of that cheaper channel because they are the big two," government member Mikhail Phillips charged. The committee, which heard and discuss ... Read More

Opposition's call on Tivoli Enquiry a 'red herring', says PNP

Wednesday, January 21, 2015    

(L)PICKERSGILL… we invite the
JLP to give sworn testimonies
at the commission
(R)MCKENZIE… called for end to

THE ruling People's National Party (PNP) has dismissed a call by the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) to end the enquiry into the May 2010 Tivoli Gardens operation. In a statement yesterday, PNP Chairman Robert Pickersgill said that the call, made by MP for West Kingston Desmond McKenzie, was a "red herring of naked and vulgar political convenience". Added Pickersgill: "They cannot sincerely or possibly be suggesting that a dollar cost can be placed against the value of the lives which ha ... Read More

Education ministry welcomes scrutiny of auditor general

Wednesday, January 21, 2015    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites looks on while permanent secretary in his ministry, Elaine Foster-Allen, addresses a press conference, recently. (PHOTO: KARL MCLARTY)

PERMANENT secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster-Allen, has welcomed the auditor general's scrutiny of the ministry and pledged to use the findings to strengthen its systems. Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis, in a recent report to Parliament, said there were two occasions when the ministry's nine-member procurement committee met without a quorum. The auditor general also accused the ministry's procurement committee of failing to comply with Government's handbook. "The absenc ... Read More



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