Press Releases

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Sunday, February 9, 2014 - 12:45

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, today announced the appointment of two additional members to the Junior Council of Spokespersons of the JLP, they are as follows:

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Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 12:30

Opposition spokesperson on Youth Culture and Gender Affairs, Olivia, ‘ Babsy’ Grange today expressed concerns regarding the manner in which the  Government of Jamaica has been treating the protection of Pinnacle, the site of the first Rastafari community founded by Leonard Howell.

Ms. Grange stated that in 2009, the Jamaica National Heritage Trust an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture had sought to protect the history and legacy of Rastafari at Pinnacle by issuing Notices of Intention to declare National Heritage Sites in respect of 5 lots totaling 50 acres.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014 - 12:30

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness and JLP Shadow Cabinet members, Derrick Smith and Dr. Horace Chang alongside newly appointed Deputy Spokesperson on National Security Pearnel Charles  Jr, yesterday met with Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington at the Opposition Leaders office on West Kings House Rd.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 12:30

Councillor Esworth Frankson of the Od Harbour division has been expelled from the JLP.

General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party Dr. Horace Chang has pointed out that the expulsion is as a result of the councillor’s indiscipline and constant approaches to the PNP.

Dr. Chang noted that Mr. Frankson has on several occasioned been brought before the constituency and divisional executive in relation to his lacklustre performance in the division which resulting in his removal as chairman of the Division in March 2013.

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Sunday, February 2, 2014 - 12:30

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Edmund Bartlett, is today calling on Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller who led a delegation to a Summit of the Community of Latin American & Caribbean States (CELAC) in Cuba last week, to report to the nation on the outcome of the event.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:30

Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Investment, Commerce, Mining & Energy, Karl Samuda, is today raising alarm at the Government’s reluctance to disclose to the public, the findings of the due diligence conducted on Energy World International (EWI), the company that emerged the preferential bidder in the construction of the 360 mega watt energy plant.

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Friday, January 31, 2014 - 12:30

The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party is today welcoming the return of former Deputy Leader and Cabinet Minister, Mr. Edmund Bartlett, to the ranks of the Shadow Cabinet and the Opposition's front bench in Parliament.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 12:30

Opposition Spokesman on ICT, Digital Society Development and the Environment, Dr. Andrew Wheatley is today expressing concern at the snail’s pace at which the Phillip Paulwell-led Ministry of Science, Technology Energy & Mining (MSTEM), is moving toward the creation of the much needed single regulatory body for the ICT sector.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 11:15

1. Andrew Holness MP

Leader of the Opposition/Development and Defense Governance, Institutional Reform, Economic Growth, Human Resource Development.

2.  Audley Shaw MP, Fayval Williams - Deputy           
Finance and Planning Economic Development and Growth

3. Dr. Horace Chang MP          

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 12:30

Former Minister of Finance Mr. Audley Shaw MP, today resumed duties as Opposition Spokesman on Finance.

Mr. Shaw signaled his return with a  presentation today in Parliament  and took the Minister of Finance to task on the lack of a growth policy as well as  the status of unpaid bills owed by the government to suppliers.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 12:30

Opposition spokesman on National Security, Mr. Derrick Smith, has again reiterated the call for more attention to be placed on tackling the resurgence and expansion of extortion activity across the island.

Today, the Oppositions warning has been affirmed by the Police who report being 'extremely concerned about a new trend in east Kingston in which gangsters have been charging people rent to live in their own homes.' Assistant Commissioner of Police George Quallo, who has command in the Eastern Kingston Division, described the action of these criminals as brazen and disgraceful.

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Friday, January 17, 2014 - 12:30

Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party, Andrew Holness, has today extended condolences to the family of Mrs. Verna Vendryes, widow of attorney-at-law, Charles Vendryes, who died peacefully on January 16, 2014, having succumbed to an extended period of illness. Mrs. Vendryes, mother-in-law to former Party Leader and Prime Minister, Most Hon. Edward Seaga, was a successful realtor who operated the Verna Vendryes International Real Estate Agency for a number of years.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 12:30

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness on Wednesday led a team of JLP officials including Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture & Fisheries, J.C. Hutchinson and his newly appointed deputy, Marlon Morgan, on a field tour of the Plantain Garden River Agro-Park in St. Thomas, where farmers participating in an onion production project incurred millions in losses.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 12:30

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness has written to Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller regarding the appointment of persons to serve as commissioners for a Commission of Enquiry that will look into the 2010 operation of the security forces in West Kingston.
In his letter to the Prime Minister Mr. Holness stated: "I note with interest in the print media that the Government is giving active consideration for persons to be appointed commissioners of the West Kingston Commission of Enquiry."

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 12:30

Opposition spokesman on National Security, Mr. Derrick Smith, has called on the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to focus more attention on the crime of extortion which, he said, appears to be resurging nationwide.

In a statement today, Mr. Smith said his information is that this particular aspect of crime is on the rise and engulfing businesses across the island, especially small business owners including Chinese operators of wholesale and retail operations.

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