Press Releases

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Monday, June 29, 2015 - 15:00

Opposition Spokesman on Local Government, Mr. Desmond McKenzie, is today raising an alarm regarding the legality of the local government system as June 30 marks the deadline by which the elections that are due by law should have been held.

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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 02:15

Responding to a recent study by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) which shows Jamaica as the country in the Americas with the lowest level of satisfaction and confidence in its local government, Opposition Spokesman on Local Government, Mr. Desmond McKenzie, says while he is disappointed and disturbed by the findings, he is not surprised.  The study shows that only 33.7 per cent of Jamaicans trust the local government and 40.5 per cent are satisfied with local government services; placing Jamaica at the bottom of the list of 25 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 18:30

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Mr.  Edmund Bartlett, while decrying the move by the Dominican Republic to remove Haitians, including those born in the Dominican republic, is urging CARICOM to make diplomacy it's priority in responding to the situation.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 16:30

Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party and Shadow Minister on Mining and Energy, Senator Robert Montague, is today insisting that PETROJAM’s Gas Price calculations is in conflict with Government of Jamaica (GOJ) Growth agenda Policy Paper 2015/2016 under the present International Monetary Fund (IMF) agreement.

GOJ Growth Agenda Policy

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 16:15

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for South West St. Elizabeth, Floyd Green is calling on the Minister of Tourism & Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill to provide an urgent update on the status of the road work promised for the Mountainside to Watchwell road in South West St. Elizabeth.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, is renewing the Opposition’s call for the Government to immediately execute security audits on all government online services and websites, especially those which house sensitive citizen data.  Additionally, Dr. Wheatley is recommending that all Government websites be directed to use the Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) security protocol on all its public websites and web-based services and ensure this is implemented as soon as possible.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 15:30

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Mr. Derrick Smith, says the announced increases in fees for processing passport applications are exorbitant and unconscionable, given the economic hardships Jamaicans are having to endure at this time.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 21:00

Opposition Spokesperson on Education and Youth, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith is today congratulating and encouraging students who should be receiving their GSAT results shortly.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 17:15

Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley is raising red flags as it relates to the new Cybercrimes bill tabled in Parliament recently. Dr. Wheatley is expressing concern regarding the language contained in certain provisions of the proposed legislation, how said provisions stand to be interpreted, and the effect the bill in its current form may have on the local information technology sector.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 16:15

Minority Leader in the St. James Parish Council, Councillor Charles Sinclair, is calling on the Chairman of the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), the Ministers of Health and National Security, to immediately make available to the service of Western Jamaica, a Forensic Pathologist to undertake and clear the severe backlog of cases for which autopsies have to be done.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 13:45

General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, Dr. Horace Chang, said no mischief will derail the democratic process in West Central St Catherine.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - 13:30

Opposition Spokesperson on Education and Youth, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith is today urging parents to remain calm and supportive of their children as GSAT results are received.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 14:00

The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Caretaker for St. Andrew Eastern, Fayval Williams, is expressing serious concerns about the high number of mosquitoes present in several communities in the constituency. Williams said communities such as Long Mountain, sections of Mona, Hope Pastures, Beverly Hills and the campus of the University of the West Indies Mona seem to most affected by mosquitoes.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - 20:30

Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for South West St Elizabeth, Floyd Green is today expressing grave concerns about the state of the Black River Hospital and is calling upon Minister of Health Fenton Ferguson and the head of the Southern Regional Health Authority Michael Stewart to urgently intervene.

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Monday, June 8, 2015 - 21:00

JLP Spokesperson on Education and Youth Senator Kamina Johnson Smith is today calling on the Minister of Education to urgently clarify his reported position on GSAT placement this year.

She was responding to recent reports of statements by the Minister of Education, Ronald Thwaites that this year the Ministry will be ensuring that students entering secondary school are placed in institutions close to where they live.

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