Press Releases

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 15:15

Shadow Minister on Mining and Energy, Senator Robert Montague, is calling for full disclosure on issues surrounding mining in the Cockpit Country, following allegations of mining in the protected area.

In a statement today, the Senator said, “The allegations have revealed that there are major issues of concern, but the response of the Government so far is weak and inconclusive.” He continued, “Firstly, the Cockpit Country is a protected area; secondly, it is from there that 40% of Jamaica’s water comes from and thirdly, it is home to many protect species of plants."

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Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 16:00

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Mr. Edmund Bartlett, is expressing disappointment at the failed Free-Trade Agreement negotiations between CARICOM and Canada which, he says, could have paved the way for significantly enhanced trade and investment flows, especially as it relates to trade-in-services.

Release Date: 
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 16:15

The Jamaica Labour Party has today confirmed that its Selection Committee has approved three applicants to seek the support to become the candidate for West Central St. Catherine. They are Councillor Devon Wint, Mr. Kent Gammon and Dr. Christopher Tufton.

General Secretary of the JLP, Dr. Horace Chang noted, “The Labour Party has well established candidate selection procedures in place that allow for members to offer themselves for service. The three applicants are excellent candidates and we look forward to a smooth selection process”.

Release Date: 
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesperson for Tourism and Cruise Shipping, Shahine Robinson is today expressing deep concern about Jamaica’s worst ever ranking in the Global Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2015 published biennially by the internationally respected Swiss-based World Economic Forum.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Ed Bartlett, is criticizing the Government for its failure to include the Parliamentary Opposition in the planning and organization of the 6th Bienniel Jamaica Diaspora Conference to be held in June at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Mr. Bartlett says the Diaspora Conference should be showcasing a nation united around an agenda for development, but instead, the Government has deviated from that tradition, marring the upcoming Conference with a kind of politicking we could well do without.

Release Date: 
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 18:00

Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Andrew Holness and Caretaker for East Rural St. Andrew, Senator Alexander Williams, speaking yesterday during a tour of fire threatened communities in the Caretaker's constituency, stated that the Fire Department needed water, better access to the communities and the right equipment, to thwart the recent fires in Mavis Bank and adjoining communities.

Release Date: 
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 18:15

Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, says he has taken note of recent announcements by Health Minister, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, and is again calling on the Government to accelerate legislation regarding Data Protection and Privacy.

The Opposition Spokesman was commenting on the proposed Electronic Patient Administration System announced by the Health Minister in his contribution to the Sectoral Debate, which would see the digitization of patients' records across the nation’s health facilities.

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Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 18:30

Opposition Spokesman on Local Government, Desmond McKenzie, is calling for the immediate suspension of normal administrative operations at the Hanover Parish Council in light of the egregious breakdown in accountability and financial integrity, which has resulted in the Contractor General taking interest in the entity once again.

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 18:45

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness is today claiming victory on behalf of poor and marginalized Jamaicans, many of whom rely solely on the public healthcare system, as Health Minister Fenton Ferguson announced in Parliament on Tuesday that the No User-fee Policy will be maintained.

Release Date: 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 18:30

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Derrick Smith, is welcoming Tuesday's breakthrough by the police in their investigation of the gruesome quadruple killing in Monymusk, Clarendon recently.

Mr. Smith said: "There has been every indication that the police have been zealous and resolute in pursuing the perpetrator or perpetrators of the gruesome killings in Monymusk. The Opposition is therefore pleased with the recently reported breakthrough which has seen two persons taken into custody, and hopes that a successful prosecution will result."

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 15:15

Member of Parliament for North Central Clarendon, Mr. Pearnel Charles, is raising grave concerns about the critical water shortage throughout large sections of the constituency, exposing residents to panic, fear and ill health.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 14:45

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Caretaker for St. Thomas Eastern, Delano Seiveright today read and presented gifts to the children of the First Step Pre-school & Early Childhood Institution as part of the Read Across Jamaica Day outreach activities. He was joined by Councilor for the Dalvey Division, Mr. Michael McLeod.

Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 14:30

As part of activities within her constituency for Read Across Jamaica Day, Member of Parliament for Central St. Catherine and Opposition Spokesperson on Information, Sports, Gender Affairs, Entertainment and Culture, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, today visited with and read to students at the Eltham Infant School.
Ms. Grange highlighted the importance of reading from an early age, noting that children should be encouraged to practice reading on an ongoing basis so as to combat grammatical and other challenges experienced even up to the tertiary level.

Release Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 15:30

Opposition Spokespersons for Tourism and Transport, Shahine Robinson and Mike Henry are today calling on Transport and Works Minister, Dr. Omar Davis to clarify reports that the public sector run Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) plans to get involved in the tour and travel market.

Release Date: 
Monday, May 4, 2015 - 15:15

Opposition Spokesperson on Health and Healthy Lifestyle, Senator Malahoo Forte commenting on recent media reports revealing more details of current state of the health sector, declared the government’s management of the sector as a national disgrace. She said the Opposition is calling on the Simpson Miller Administration to prioritize the necessary funds to deal with the shortages in the island’s hospitals and health centers, and to deal with the poor leadership and mismanagement of the Public Health Sector.

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