Press Releases

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:00

Dr. Kenneth Baugh, the Opposition Spokesman on Health, today stated that the health sector is collapsing, as he noted with concern yet another episode of withdrawal of medical and surgical services, this time at the Victoria Jubilee Hospital.

Dr Baugh called on the Ministers of Health and Water along with hospital engineers and those of the National Water Commission to design a plan to effectively address the issue of water supply to these two major hospitals, and design a solution which guarantees a consistent and reliable supply of water to secure critical services.

Release Date: 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 16:00

Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Planning Audley Shaw has labeled the Bank of Jamaica’s announced plan to intervene in the foreign exchange market as a vindication of the policy of stability promoted and successfully applied by the Jamaica Labour Party.

Mr. Shaw said “We have been warning the government for months that devaluation is hurting business, hurting people and hurting Jamaica. We were criticized for our positions, but as the higher prices and speculation have become chronic along with undeniable reductions in exports, it seems the BOJ has finally woken up”.

Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 16:00

Opposition Spokesperson for Tourism and Cruise Shipping, Shahine Robinson, today congratulated Mr. Paul Pennicook on his appointment as Jamaica’s Director of Tourism.

In so doing, she noted that Mr. Pennicook served as Director of Tourism between 2003 and 2006 and has a long track record of leadership in the tourism industry.

Mrs. Robinson  urged Mr. Pennicook to “make it his mission to achieve buy in for the performance of his critical functions by regularly collaborating with tourism stakeholders.”

Release Date: 
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:15

Opposition Spokesman on Water, Housing & Infrastructure Development, Dr. Horace Chang, is charging that the severity of the drought conditions being experienced by Jamaicans this year, is a direct result of the Government's failure to  prioritize investments in the right water production systems.

Dr. Chang's assertion comes in the wake of a statement during Wednesday's sitting of Parliament by Water, Land and Environment Minister, Robert Pickersgill.

Release Date: 
Friday, July 4, 2014 - 14:00

‪Opposition Spokesperson on ICT, Digital Society Development and the Environment, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, is expressing concern regarding the recently announced action of telecommunications providers LIME and Digicel to block the use of certain VoIP applications, like Skype & Viber, on their networks.

Dr. Wheatley said “this latest action by the telecoms providers is setting a dangerous precedent and could have an adverse effect on a country trying to encourage greater use of ICTs for economic development”.

Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 14:00

Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, today received the IMF Chief Christine Lagarde and her team in a courtesy call at his office at West Kings House Road.

A letter detailing the Opposition’s position on the current Extended Fund Facility, which was prepared and signed by Finance Spokesperson Audley Shaw, was handed directly to the IMF Chief by Mr Holness.

Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 14:00

Opposition Spokesman on Transport, Dr. Horace Chang, has labelled the planned increase of toll rates as anti-people and anti-business.  He said that a higher toll would be yet another burden on the backs of Jamaicans, especially residents of the Portmore community who are already suffering because of the policies of the government. He continued to state that this was another example of how the government's policy of devaluation increases pressure on working people. 
   

Release Date: 
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 14:00

Opposition Spokesman and Member of Parliament for North Central St. Andrew, Mr. Karl Samuda, is today demanding answers from the National Water Commission (NWC) which he says is far advanced in its plans to remove some 7000 cubic metres or an estimated 400 truck loads of sand in the first phase, from the Hermitage Dam.

Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 16:30

Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, is demanding an immediate probe into an apparent breakdown in administration and operations at children's homes which saw wards of the state being exposed to the controversial content in a curriculum delivered by Jamaicans For Justice (JFJ).

Release Date: 
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 16:30

Opposition Spokesman on Industry, Investment, Commerce, Energy & Mining, Karl Samuda, is expressing serious concerns and demanding answers in the wake of the announcement by Alcoa that it intends to dispose of its shares in JAMALCO to the Noble Group of Companies.

Release Date: 
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 16:30

Opposition Spokesman on Agriculture, JC Hutchinson, is condemning the reference by Minister Robert Pickersgill to farmers in Giblatore St Catherine, as thieves, and is calling on him to immediately retract the statement.

Mr. Huthchinson said: "I find Minister Pickersgill's labelling of the farmers as thieves to be offensive, unworthy and intemperate.  He must provide nothing less than an immediate retraction and sincere apology to the farmers of Giblatore and of Jamaica."

Release Date: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesperson Olivia Babsy Grange today welcomed the government's announcements on the decriminalisation of use of Ganja in small amounts, as the outcome of a journey undertaken by both political administrations, and a matter of social justice.

Release Date: 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 16:15

Opposition spokesperson on ICT and Digital Economy Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, has labeled State Minister Julian Robinson’s explanation for
further delays on the implementation of Number portability as unacceptable and weak.

Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesman on Science and the Environment Dr. Andrew Wheatley has called on the government to move quickly to legalise marijuana for medicinal uses.

During his sectoral presentation, Dr. Wheatley noted that: "The Opposition believes that a referendum is the best way to decide whether to legalize ganja or not. But the Government can act NOW. While one cannot be certain as to which way the electorate would go in a referendum, what we are certain of is that now is the time for Ganja Reform!”

Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesperson for Science, ICT, Digital Economy Development and the Environment Dr. Andrew Wheatley, has given the Ministers of Science & Technology, a failing grade for their stewardship of the ICT portfolio over the last 2 years. Dr. Wheatley, in his sectoral contribution to parliament, levelled stinging criticisms against Ministers Phillip Paulwell and Julian Robinson for their failure to deliver on critical areas of ICT development.

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