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Friday, October 3, 2008 - 15:15

I must join with the rest of Jamaica in expressing shock and outrage at the brutal and calous attacks on our children, some of whom are being targeted in or near our schools. As a society we must take this issues very seriously and move decisively to ensure that those who prey on the innocent have no refuge among us.

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Friday, October 3, 2008 - 13:00

It has been almost non-stop celebration by this nation since the first race was won - the 100 meters in record breaking time by Usain (Bolt). Every other triumph by our athletes in Beijing has kept the jubilation going and so it continued when we welcomed home the team members who returned prior to this week.

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Friday, October 3, 2008 - 12:30

It is with a feeling of deep loss, that I pay tribute to the late Alton Ellis, a legend and an irreplaceable talent.

I don't think Alton recognized the power of his music. He was quite happy entertaining his fans on records or through live performances displaying a humility which with all his success - he never lost.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008 - 13:00

As Minister with responsibility for women's affairs and gender issues I am appalled at the brazen brutality and increasing level of violence being committed in the country in general. The nature of the violence being committed against our women and children in particular is disturbing and cause for great alarm and concern.

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Friday, September 26, 2008 - 13:00

Mr. President, I offer you my congratulations on your Presidency. You assume this office at a time when the world faces challenges of crisis proportions. Much will be demanded of your leadership and you can be assured of Jamaica's full support and cooperation.

The Global Environment

We have convened amidst worrying global developments.

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Friday, September 26, 2008 - 13:00

September 26, 2008

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Saturday, September 20, 2008 - 12:45


Mr. Speaker, this Honourable House will recall that following on the passage of Hurricane Dean on 2007 August 19, I met with banana industry stakeholders and developed proposals that took into account both the sustainability of the banana industry and alternate agricultural options, for the use of the Eastern Banana Estate, operated by the Jamaica Producers Group Ltd.

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Monday, September 1, 2008 - 12:45

Status update on Damage to the Sector

The 2008 School year should have started on September 1 however due to the passage of Tropical Storm Gustav we decided to facilitate the recovery process in the education sector; as a result we will officially begin the school year on September 3rd.

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Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 12:45

Jamaica.. What a mighty people we are! Marcus Garvey said "Up you mighty race! You can accomplish what you will". And what accomplishments we have celebrated over this past week!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - 15:15


This evening, I will address the impact of the current unprecedented global financial turmoil on the local economy as well as the policy actions that have been taken to preserve financial stability. I will also review the outlook for the Jamaican economy.

The Global Crisis Impact

First, let me briefly review the impact of the deteriorating external environment on the Jamaican economy.