Press Releases

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Monday, June 8, 2015 - 21:00

JLP Shadow Minister on Mining and Energy, Senator Robert Montague, is asking, in whose interest the government is acting when they refuse to update the nation on alleged mining activity in The Cockpit Country.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 14:15

General Secretary of the Jamaica Labour Party, Dr. Horace Chang, says the government's treatment of Civil Servants is a breach of trust and will stand with them again this wicked government.

His comments come after analysis of the government's approach to recent public sector wage negotiations: "This approach where workers who are genuinely disgruntled are being threatened and labeled as unpatriotic and disloyal is unacceptable. Jamaica is not a dictatorship".

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Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 14:15

Jamaica Labour Party Shadow Minister of Mining and Energy, Senator Robert Montague, is blasting the government for increasing the price of gasoline by J0.86 per litre on the same day world oil prices were reduced by US$1.54 per barrel. He called the action a three card trick and said the Opposition was warning the government that if they continue these weekly increases they will push the people to a point of no return.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 20:15

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Mr. Derrick Smith, says the temporary injunction the Government has secured from the Supreme Court to bar the police from taking industrial action not only serves to intensify the escalating wage negotiation crisis, but brings the arrogance and bullying tactics being employed by the Government into sharp focus.

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015 - 20:30

JLP Caretaker for the Constituency of East Rural St. Andrew, Senator Alexander Williams, is today expressing outrage at school attendance problems affecting children in the community of Bloxburgh. He is calling on the Ministry of Education to immediately remedy the problem which he says is of the Ministry's making.  

Senator Williams said: “The Ministry of Education closed the Bloxburgh Primary School and put in place an arrangement where the children who live in that community would be transported to attend other schools in Cane River and Friendship Park”.

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 14:30

Dr. Andrew Wheatley, Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development has slammed portfolio Minister, Phillip Paulwell, for yet another delay in the implementation of Number Portability. Number portability was scheduled for implementation on June 1.

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Monday, June 1, 2015 - 14:30

Jamaica Labor Party Deputy Spokesperson on Finance, Fayval Williams, said that news that Moody’s Investors Services upgraded Jamaica’s international credit rating from Caa3 to Caa2 should cause Jamaicans to reflect on how low Jamaica’s credit ratings at Moody’s plunged under the current PNP Government. "Of note, Jamaica’s international credit rating at Moody’s stood at B3 when the Jamaica Labor Party left government in December 2011, a significantly better rating than Jamaica has currently. At that time as well, Moody’s also had a Stable Outlook on the Jamaican economy".

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:45

Opposition Spokesperson on Education and Youth, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith says she is extremely concerned at news that the Student's Loan Bureau has implemented penalties for the late or partial payment of loans.

The Senator says that while she understands the SLB is working on ways to increase re-payment of loans in the interests of all who seek to benefit, this step does not seem logical in the current economic environment or consistent with the SLB’s public messaging, and must be reversed.

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Friday, May 29, 2015 - 14:30

Opposition Spokesman on National Security, Mr. Derrick Smith, is condemning Wednesday night's quadruple murder in Claremont, St. Elizabeth, and the killing of a teacher of the Bustamante High School in Clarendon.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 15:00

Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Investment & Commerce, Mr. Karl Samuda, is dismissing as a desperate attempt to play for time, portfolio minister, Anthony Hylton's announcement on Thursday, that a committee will report to Cabinet and make recommendations regarding the "Krauck Systems/Anchor Finance MOU" now that it has expired.

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Friday, May 22, 2015 - 15:15

Opposition Spokesman on Local Government, Mr. Desmond McKenzie is today calling on the government to suspend the increase in Trade License fees until the public is properly notified.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 15:15

Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley is calling on the Government to immediately convene a Joint Select Committee of Parliament to consider ICT matters.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 15:15

Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade, Mr. Edmund Bartlett, is reiterating the call made during his contribution to the recently concluded Sectoral Debate in Parliament for increased collaboration and integration amongst countries in the Northern Caribbean.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 20:15

Opposition spokesman on Land and Environment, Senator Alexander Williams is recognizing World Environment Day, described as the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness of the need of countries to protect the environment.

“We need, as a nation to consume our environment with care”, he said; “and this is the day where we must do something positive to preserve it”.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 15:15

Senator Alexander Williams, the Opposition Spokesman on Land and the Environment has noted with alarm, the possible incursion by the government-owned Noranda Bauxite Company into the Cockpit Country, for the purpose of mining.

Senator Williams said: “Now more than ever, at a time of drought with fires raging in several communities across the island, the Minister responsible for the environment needs to be especially careful to protect the nation’s potable water supply.

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