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Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Jennifer Edwards, the president of the People's National Party Women's Movement, has declared that, in addition to having a female prime minister, she is hoping that women will take over critical ministerial portfolios such as national security and...

Published:Tuesday | November 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Despite a raging political firestorm in Northern Trelawny, John-Paul White, the man who stands at the centre of the fury, yesterday declared he had no intention of stepping aside as the People's National Party (PNP) candidate for the constituency....

Published:Monday | November 16, 2015 | 2:26 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Andrew Holness' mansion has now become a major talking point on the political hustings. Peter Phillips, the PNP campaign director while speaking in Portmore, St Catherine on Sunday said PNP president Portia Simpson Miller is unlike other people...

Published:Monday | November 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Recalling that he defied popular sentiment and won East Central St Catherine in 2011, Arnaldo Brown declared last night that he has the constituency "locked" and is certain that he will be elected to a second term.Brown, speaking during a massive...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 11:26 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

PORTMORE, St Catherine: Campaign director for the People's National Party (PNP) Dr Peter Phillips has ribbed the Jamaica Labour Party's (JLP) Audley Shaw for questioning the decision of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to reduce...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 8:55 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

"Don't wait another day we are ready," declared Denise Daley, the People's National Party (PNP) chairman for Region Four which covers Clarendon and St Catherine, as she addressed hundreds of Comrades at a rally in Portmore, St...

Published:Sunday | November 15, 2015 | 6:48 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

PORTMORE, St Catherine: The Marketing and Communications Manager at the state-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), Clinton Clarke, is set to represent the People's National Party (PNP) in the next general election. Clarke, who will contest...

Published:Saturday | November 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

ANY HOPES that the Government had of getting the support of estranged Opposition Senator Dr Christopher Tufton to vote with it on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) bills have been dashed.Tufton made it clear yesterday that he believes now is a...

Published:Friday | November 13, 2015 | 7:12 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

The Senate's Standing Orders Committee has been asked to consider whether the President has the authority to take on to himself powers which are not expressly provided in the Standing Orders — the rules guiding parliamentary proceedings....

Published:Friday | November 13, 2015 | 12:30 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Opposition Senator Dr Christopher Tufton has called for a delay of voting on the three bills to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as Jamaica's final appellate court. Making his contribution to the CCJ debate today, Tufton...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2015 | 11:56 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

 Imani Duncan Price has been confirmed as the People’s National Party (PNP) candidate for East Rural St Andrew. Duncan Price, a government senator, is the replacement for junior tourism minister Damion Crawford in the constituency which...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2015 | 11:43 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Jamaicans are being told not to expect the announcement of the date for general election this weekend from Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller. Paul Burke, the general secretary of the governing People’s National Party (PNP) said today that...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

President of the Realtors Association of Jamaica, Edwin Wint, has declared that the decision by the Government to increase the loan ceiling and lower the interest rate for National Housing Trust (NHT) contributors is very good news for low and...

Published:Thursday | November 12, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Head of the Electricity Sector Enterprise Team (ESET) Dr Vin Lawrence says there was a vast number of credible bids that were put forward for the supply of natural gas to the new power plant to be built by Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS).New...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Former Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson says that he feels hurt and demonised by much of the public commentary about the way he managed the health portfolio and remains convinced that he was undermined in a major conspiracy."My greatest pain has...

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2015 | 4:48 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Among the accomplishments of her government Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller highlighted at a People’s National Party mass rally on Sunday was that the inflation rate is running at less than three per cent — the lowest in more than...

Published:Tuesday | November 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller used her stop in Brown's Town, St Ann, Sunday night to prop up two of her weaker candidates in the parish, Keith Walford and Desmond Gilmore.The PNP president put both men at her side as...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2015 | 1:19 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

People's National Party (PNP) President Portia Simpson Miller has declared herself to be "the teacher" and has run the red ink through the books of the Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP). Simpson Miller at a PNP mass meeting in...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2015 | 12:35 AMDaraine Luton

Jamaica’s Finance Minister has promised the creation of 100,000 jobs if the governing People's National Party (PNP) is re-elected to power. Phillips, who is also the PNP’s campaign director, says the jobs will be created in...

Published:Monday | November 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

More than four years after the divestment of Air Jamaica, a leader of the governing People's National Party (PNP) is blasting the previous administration for the decision to divest the national carrier.Ian Hayles, a junior minister and chairman of...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 8:45 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Lisa Hanna, the South East St Ann MP who was earlier this year at the centre of a leadership controversy, has told Comrades at a People's National Party (PNP) rally in Brown's Town, St Ann that on many occasions she had come close to giving...

Published:Sunday | November 8, 2015 | 6:22 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Sixty-eight year old Elaine Hylton hustles into Brown's Town square in North West St Ann, blowing her vuvuzuela and declaring victory for the People's National Party (PNP) in the upcoming general election. "Labour wrong caah win down...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2015 | 12:03 AMDaraine Luton

Navel Clarke, a trade unionist by profession, said in the Senate yesterday that "we must show our pride" and move away from the Privy Council and embrace the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its appellate jurisdiction ...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will be given a free hand "within days" to call an early general election, says Dr Peter Phillips, the campaign director for the Governing People's National Party (PNP)."I would say we are 95 per cent ready,"...

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

More than 32 per cent of the vehicles in the fleet of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) are out of use and another 28.7 per cent of police vehicles are more than 11 years old, a document tabled in the House of Representatives on Tuesday has...

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