Press Releases

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Friday, June 6, 2014 - 16:15

The Caucus of JLP Councilors in the KSAC is livid after it was revealed that divisions controlled by the Peoples National Party have received over 85 percent of the funds allotted for flood mitigation.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesperson on Youth, Culture and Entertainment, Olivia “Babsy” Grange, has called on the government to amend legislation now to decriminialzie possession of small amounts of ganja and to expunge the records of those persons, including artistes, who have been criminalized over the years because they were found in possession of a “spliff”.

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Monday, June 2, 2014 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesperson for Tourism and Cruise Shipping, Shahine Robinson, today congratulated Nicola Madden-Greig on her election as President of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association over the weekend.

The Opposition spokesperson welcomed the fact that Mrs. Madden-Greig is the third woman to lead the powerful association and wishes the Association all the best in its future endeavors.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 01:00

Opposition Spokesperson with responsibility for Culture and Gender Affairs, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange is expressing deep sadness at the passing of celebrated civil rights activist, Dr. Maya Angelou.

"The world has lost a truly phenomenal woman in Dr. Maya Angelou. Dr. Angelou is arguably one of the most respected women when it comes to women and the civil rights movements. Throughout her poems, plays and movies, the message has always been about the freedom, rights and equality of all, especially those of the black race, and African American women in particular." said Ms. Grange.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 01:00

The Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party, Senator Robert Montague, today called for an immediate national apology to all supporters of the Jamaica Labour Party from PNP Minister Damion Crawford.

Senator Montague was responding to a speech given by the Minister in which he described people as “dutty labourites”.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 16:15

"Tragic and deeply saddening" is how  Dr Horace Chang, Member of Parliament for North West St. James responded on receiving the news of the discovery of the bodies of twin boys who recently drowned in Montego Bay.

"I have extended my deep condolences to the family of the twin boys Brendon and Braydon Jones  whose bodies were discovered this morning at the Dump Up beach in Mobay. In fact a family member has actually been hospitalised due to the shock they have experienced as a result of this tragedy.'

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Friday, May 16, 2014 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesman on Energy, Karl Samuda, is today expressing outrage at the strategy being employed by the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPSCo.), to temporarily disrupt service to lawful paying customers who live in communities with alleged high levels of electricity theft.

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 16:15

Opposition Spokesman on Finance and Planning Audley Shaw today described as "scandalous, insensitive and outrageous", the continued failure of the Government through the Ministries of Health and Finance, to pay over all funds deducted from the salaries of health workers for remittance to various entities on their behalf.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014 - 16:15

The Chairman of the Jamaica Labour Party Mr Robert Montague, is today calling on Mr. Paul Burke to immediately resign from his position as Chairman of the Social Development Commission, failing which, he should be removed by the Local Government Minister who appointed him.

Mr. Montague stated that at the Party's Standing Committee on Monday May 12, strong concerns were expressed regarding Mr. Burke's clear conflict of interest.

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 14:00

Opposition Spokesperson for the Environment, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, today called on the Minister of Environment, the Honourable Robert Pickersgill to wake up and immediately address mounting concerns with plans to construct a controversial breakwater system off the famous Negril coastline.  Dr. Wheatley warned that if the Minister does not urgently intervene, Jamaica will face the national and international consequences of a damaging economic and environmental decision.

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 19:00

The Parliamentary Opposition is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mrs. Ethlyn Norton-Coke. As a highly qualified and experienced tax expert, chartered accountant and attorney-at-law, Jamaica benefited greatly from her wide and varied expertise.

“Mrs. Norton-Coke was the consummate professional, whose in-depth grasp and sharp and incisive assessments of financial issues, helped to shape the country’s financial and tax policies” the Opposition said.

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Friday, May 9, 2014 - 13:00

The Opposition Spokesperson on Gender Affairs, Olivia “Babsy” Grange today joined the voices across Jamaica and the World calling for the safe return to their families of the close to 300 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by the fundamentalist group Boko Haram.

Ms Grange said “The Jamaica Labour Party stands in prayer and solidarity with the girls, their mothers, fathers and families, and continues to believe in their safe return.”

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 12:00

Opposition Leader and former education minister, Andrew Holness, is today decrying the actions of criminals who brought destruction and horror to Tacky High School and the Gayle community in St. Mary yesterday.

Mr. Holness said the reprehensible action of the perpetrators, especially during a week that is being observed as education week, warrant widespread condemnation.  He says and no effort should be spared by the police in apprehending those responsible for the horrendous act and bring them to justice.

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Monday, May 5, 2014 - 19:00

Teaching is a most important avenue for contributing to the development of a country and its people.  Educators play a vital role in shaping the lives of our citizens and therefore, the state of the nation itself. Good teachers, memorable teachers, teach us much more than subjects; they help to teach us to live positively by their words and their actions. A simple 'thank you' for all that they do for us, can never be enough, but on this day every year we take time out to recognize the awesome contribution many of our teachers make day in, day out. 

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Monday, May 5, 2014 - 12:00

Kingston, Jamaica: Deputy Spokesperson on Labour and Social Security, Floyd Green, today chastised the Government for its handling of the non - payment of employees deductions by the South East Regional Health Authority (SEHRA) and called upon the Authority to immediately rectify the situation.  He stated that this was the only conscionable thing for the government to do, and that if they continued to retain the worker's deductions for IMF accounting / reporting purposes, the only conclusion to draw would be that the government was again placing international obligations above the well-bein

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