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Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 11:45

This year, International Women’s Day March 8, marks 100 years of observance of the day. As Minister with responsibility for Women Affairs and Gender Issues, I am honoured to pay tribute to all women across the world. Of course I must specifically acknowledge the contributions made by Jamaican women to the social, cultural and economic development of our nation.

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Friday, February 25, 2011 - 11:45

I am sure I speak for all my colleagues in expressing appreciation to Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, the government and people of Grenada for the warm hospitality we have received and the fine arrangements that have been made for this conference. Grenada is the spice island of the Caribbean but it is much more than that and we are enjoying all that this piece of paradise has to offer.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 11:45

Mr. Speaker I am pleased to announce the planned restart of operations of UC Rusal’s Windalco-Kirkvine Works Plant in Manchester beginning July 1 this year. This follows the restart of operations at WINDALCO’s Ewarton plant in St. Catherine last July bringing on board over a thousand jobs.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 12:00

Following the publication on Tuesday, of what is reported to be a classified internal missive by an official of the US Interests Section in Havana, Cuba which commented negatively on Jamaica’s level of cooperation with Cuba in countering drug trafficking, the Prime Minister directed the Minister of National Security to carry out investigations into the allegations and submit a report to him.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 12:00

Jamaica is very pleased to commemorate once again CARICOM-Cuba Day - today, 8th December 2010. Building on the success of the celebrations in 2009, we felt it would be appropriate to collaborate with the University of the West Indies this year, as it is an institution that demonstrates the unity of our region and serves twelve of the fourteen Member States of CARICOM.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 12:00

Last Thursday, we were advised by the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) of laboratory confirmation of cases of cholera in the Artibonite province in Haiti. As of last Saturday, the Ministry of Health in Haiti reported 3,015 cases of cholera resulting in 253 deaths. Cases have been reported in other areas such as Port au Prince, the Ouest and Central Departments.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:00

Further to my statement to this House last Tuesday, the Governor-General has today been advised to appoint a Commission of Enquiry to enquire into and report on the issues relating to the extradition request for Christopher Coke by the Government of the United States of America, the manner and procedure in which the said extradition request was handled by the Government of Jamaica, the circumstances in which the law fi

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Monday, October 18, 2010 - 12:00

One of our most precious assets as a people is our heritage – the experiences, traditions and culture that have moulded us over the years into who we are and what we are. It includes the struggles that we endured, the triumphs won and the wisdom we gained to confront the challenges of tomorrow.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 12:15

Financing for Economic Growth: The New Frontier

The Theme of the 11th annual Shirley Playfair Lecture “Competition Law and Policy” is very timely for a number of reasons.