Press Releases

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 19:00

Opposition Spokespersons for the Land and Environment and Tourism & Cruise Shipping, Senator Alexander Williams and Shahine Robinson MP are raising serious concerns about aspects of a new development order for the Negril/Green Island region of Westmoreland and Hanover. The matter adds to Opposition’s strong belief that the area’s development is very poorly handed.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 19:00

Opposition Leader, Andrew Holness, has hailed the late retired principal of the Denham Town High School, Clover Thompson-Gordon, as a, "Champion educator and community-builder".

In expressing regret at news of her passing earlier this week, Mr. Holness says the Jamaica Labour Party joins the thousands of Jamaicans whose lives she positively impacted over the years. The Opposition Leader described Mrs. Thompson-Gordon as an unsung hero who led by example, gave sterling service to the education sector and distinguished herself as a role model in the community.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 18:45

Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, Mr. Andrew Holness, is today standing with the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad Bissasar, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, and Prime Minister of Grenada, Keith Mitchell, in raising questions as to the conduct of the just concluded elections in St. Kitts and Nevis.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 18:45

The Jamaica Labour Party’s (JLP) Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Mr. Edmund Bartlett, is this evening calling on the St. Kitts and Nevis’ Supervisor of Elections, Mr. Wingrove George, “To act expeditiously in announcing the final results of the country’s 2015 election, in order to preserve the long established democratic traditions of St. Kitts and Nevis and the CARICOM region.”

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Monday, February 16, 2015 - 18:45

Opposition Spokesperson on Local Government Desmond McKenzie, has questioned the notification of a spend of $140M to be provided thought the governments  JEEP programme for road rehabilitation work ostensibly targeted for  councilors as announced by Minister Richard Azan over this weekend.

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Monday, February 16, 2015 - 18:30

Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, is today highlighting the recent controversy regarding the National Security Interest in Personal Property (NSIPP) regime, which led to a shutdown of the website by the Government, as yet another manifestation of the glaring gaps that exists in the ICT landscape.

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Monday, February 16, 2015 - 18:30

Councillor for the Montego Bay North East division and leader of the minority caucus in the Saint James Parish Council, Charles Sinclair considers the purported action by some PNP councillors in the Council to attempt to restrict his participation in meetings unlawful to such an extent that he said 'it borders on comic relief.'

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Monday, February 16, 2015 - 16:30

Chairman of the JLP's Area Council 4, Charles Sinclair has indicated that at the last meeting,convened in Whitehouse, Eastern Westmoreland, held on Sunday February 15, a unanimous resolution was moved in support of Leader Andrew Holness, .

Sinclair noted that this resolution was moved after a discussion on matters arising following the recent supreme court ruling. The resolution was moved by Norman Brown of North West St James and seconded by Eddie Muir of South West St Elizabeth.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 16:15

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness and Spokesperson on Education and Youth, Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith, have both today expressed deep sorrow having learnt of the death of Rev. Glen Archer this morning.

Senator Johnson Smith said, "Reverend Archer was a dedicated educator, one who set high standards and maintained them. This I am sure is what led to the historic achievements of his young charges at the World Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Championships."

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Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 16:00

Opposition Spokesman on Mining and Energy, Senator Robert Montague, has said that it is not enough for the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) to announce proposals for improving the energy sector, without providing timelines and implementation plans for the projects.

Senator Montague was responding to the recent announcement by ESET, chaired by Dr. Vincent Lawrence, that Cabinet has approved proposals from the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Company to construct a 190-megawatt gas turbine in Old Harbour, St. Catherine.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 14:30

Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture and Fisheries, JC Hutchinson, is calling for an immediate beefing up of the security forces' presence in Westmoreland where persons are setting cane fields in the parish on fire, as they are enraged by the circumstances under which a resident of the parish met his demise.

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Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 15:15

I have been following recent developments, including the figures provided by the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) periodic crime review reflecting a reduction in both murders and serious crimes for the past year, as well as the swagger with which the Minister of National Security has responded to them.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 15:00

Opposition spokesman on national security, Derrick Smith, is urging the Minister of National Security to initiate an investigation into the treatment of the Jamaica Constabulary Force’s (JCF) acting commander for St. Thomas, Deputy Superintendent Charmin Shand, at the monthly meeting of the St. Thomas Parish Council on January 8, 2015.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 15:00

Leader of the minority caucus and Councillor of the Montego Bay North East division, Charles Sinclair is alleging cover up, fiscal mismanagement, and nepotism with regard to the Bogue Lands by Mayor Glendon Harris.

Sinclair says "if the Mayor is confident that he and his administration have nothing to hide, open up the file relating to the Bogue Lands to public scrutiny. I am willing to debate him anywhere, and anytime on the matter."

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Monday, January 12, 2015 - 15:15

Opposition Spokesperson on Tourism and Cruise Shipping, Mrs. Shahine Robinson, said today that broadening local and international opposition to the government’s controversial breakwater project in Negril, and the Government's poor handling of the situation could spell disaster for Jamaica ’s tourism sector.

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