Press Releases

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 14:30

Dear Sir,
I read your article appearing in Sunday’s “Agenda” and found it quite balanced overall. However, there was an error of fact significant enough to warrant a note of correction.

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Monday, March 3, 2014 - 14:30

Opposition Spokesperson on Justice, Senator Alexander Williams, commented today on recent assertions by Attorney-General Patrick Atkinson and Minister of Justice Senator Mark Golding, that the Leader of the Opposition had been given two weeks to comment on the Portia Simpson-led government’s proposed Commissioners.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 14:30

Sen Alexander Williams JLP spokesperson on Justice has indicated that the Jamaica Labour Party supports legislation that would give a right of appeal to the prosecution, limited only to clear and obvious cases where the sentences or punishment imposed by a trial Judge does not meet the ends of justice. He made this observation today in response to the recent post cabinet press briefing where Senator Sandrea Falconer indicated that the cabinet had approved drafting instructions for this piece of legislation.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 13:00

Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Sports, Culture, Entertainment & Gender Affairs, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange is at this time expressing concern and requesting full disclosure from Youth & Culture Minister Lisa Hanna regarding developments having to do with the employment status of the Permanent Secretary in that Ministry.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 13:00

Opposition Spokesman on the Environment, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, today expressed concerns regarding the revelation by Dr. Omar Davies, in Parliament on Tuesday, that China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC) intends to construct a Coal-Fired energy generation plant as part of the Logistic Hub development.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 12:45

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party reacting to the First Supplementary Estimates tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, describes the revised budget as confirmation of the extent to which the Government has boxed itself into a corner by failing to focus adequately on growth, pursuing contractionary policies, and has little option but to drastically slash expenditure.  Approximately J$12.2 Billion has been slashed from Recurrent Expenditure, whereas some J$8 Billion has been cut from the Capital Expenditure Budget.

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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 13:00

The Leader of the Opposition has received legal advice that there are matters in the Constitutional Court’s recent declaration which must be addressed in the interest of the proper functioning of the Constitutional Office of the Leader of the Opposition, and in the interest of a clearer understanding of the Constitution. In the circumstances and based on this advice, an appeal has been filed.

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Monday, February 24, 2014 - 12:45

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party is today commemorating the 130^th Anniversary of the birth of its founder and champion of the anti-colonial movement in Jamaica, the late National Hero, Sir Alexander Bustamante.

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 12:45

Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Andrew Holness, has encouraged teachers to become catalysts for growth and to begin within their own learning institutions. This, he observed, can have a significant impact on the country’s  establishment of new pathways for growth and development.  He said that this would certainly become possible, if the country truly accepts the creation of a knowledge economy as the new course of action.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 12:45

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade met recently with the Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Mr. Robert Ready at his office in Kingston.
Mr. Bartlett  advised that their discussions explored a wide cross section of areas concerning Canadian and Jamaican collaboration such as current trade in services between the two countries and security and justice initiatives, but focused primarily on the  long outstanding trade negotiations with CARICOM, CARIBCAN.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:45

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party is today stating that having closely examined responses provided by Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in Parliament on Tuesday, it is clear that the Prime Minister  has not provided the full costs associated with her overseas trips.
JLP General Secretary, Dr. Horace Chang, said the responses leave more questions than answers as they fall short of a full account of the costs incurred by taxpayers for overseas travel by the Prime Minister and her accompanying delegations.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 12:45

Having delayed for two entire months after the Opposition Leader tabled questions in Parliament regarding her travel over the past two years, the PM issued a 61 page response – which still didn’t paint the full picture. The Prime Minister tried to steer away from a full composite cost of travel. However Mr Holness having perused the document quantified the costs presented at J$162 million, and noted that there appear to be costs still left uncaptured.  He has asserted that he will ask further questions about them at the next sitting.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:45

Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, Opposition spokesperson on Information Culture Youth Sports and Gender, has today on behalf  of the Jamaica Labour Party, extended tribute to the life and the work of Jamaican, Stuart Hall, world wide acknowledged pioneer of cultural studies, who passed away on Feb. 10, a week after his 82nd birthday.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:45

Opposition Leader Hon. Andrew Holness today repeated his call for the government to show respect for cultural heritage and signal this ultimately with the mounting of an appropriate monument to Leonard Howell alongside honouring the establishment of the five sites identified by the JLP administration, to be noted as cultural heritage sites, by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust, at Pinnacle in St Catherine.

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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 12:45

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness today toured Pinnacle, site of the village established by Leonard Howell in the hills of St Catherine next to the first free village of Sligoville. On the tour were the Howell Foundation, Donisha Prendergast and the Occupy Pinnacle Youth Initiative, and the Rastafari Millenium Council.  The Opposition Leader was accompanied by Information Culture Youth and Entertainment spokesperson Olivia Babsy Grange and Deputy General Secretary, Audley Gordon.

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