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Published:Monday | September 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Jobs aplenty are said to be on the horizon for Jamaicans with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller using the platform of her political party's 77th annual conference to announce the creation of at least 28,000 new jobs in the next five years.Simpson...

Published:Saturday | September 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

THERE IS no place for gay or lesbian Jamaicans in the executive should the Marcus Garvey People's Political Party (MGPPP) form the Government."We operate under the philosophy of Marcus Garvey, and Marcus Garvey spoke to homosexuality and lesbianism...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Dwayne Vaz, the newest member of the House of Representatives, made his parliamentary-debate debut on Tuesday with a call for proportional allocation of funds to constituencies.Vaz, who entered the House of Representatives following a by-election in...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Arguing that his South East St Elizabeth constituency has been paying the price for fragmented water policies, Member of Parliament Richard Parchment has called for the establishment of of a single water authority.Parchment, a government backbencher...

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Rudyard Spencer, the member of parliament for South East Clarendon, said that opposition MPs like himare being starved of resources to implement projects in their constituencies."I want to ask, I want to beg passionately, I want to plead with the...

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

South West St Elizabeth Member of Parliament Hugh Buchanan has called for a cruise ship pier to be constructed in Black River, the heart of his constituency."I believe that a cruise ship pier in Black River would do a lot for tourism. We have the...

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

More than $5 billion has been spent in the constituency represented by junior foreign minister Arnaldo Brown, $3 billion of which the member of parliament says is as a result of his advocacy.East Central St Catherine, based on a constituency report...

Published:Thursday | September 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Some Opposition members of parliament (MPs) stormed out of the House of Representatives yesterday, alleging that the Government has been using the State of the Constituency Debate to advance its political agenda, and that constituencies represented...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

A depressed economy and an austerity-laced International Monetary Fund (IMF)-backed reform programme are being blamed for many of the problems being faced by some first-time government members of parliament (MPs) now facing the boot."I have suffered...

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Warning air traffic controllers that they will not be allowed to "blackmail" the Government, Transport, Works and Housing Minister Dr Omar Davies said in Parliament yesterday that the Essential Services Act is being abused."This administration is...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:56 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Having won Central St James by only 98 votes, the People's National Party's (PNP) Lloyd B. Smith has sounded an ominous warning that the seat is in real danger of falling to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) in the next general elections....

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Citing the need for continuity and to preserve institutional memory, the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ) has asked Parliament to amend the law to allow for the staggering ofthe appointment of selectedcommissioners.The ECJ, in a report to...

Published:Tuesday | September 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Kern Spencer has revealed that he is considering a return to representational politics, a career path he abandoned after he was charged with corruption and money laundering in 2008 but subsequently cleared.Spencer told The Gleaner yesterday that he...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2015 | 12:01 PMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

Raymond Pryce will not go forward as a candidate for the People's National Party (PNP) in North East St Elizabeth. The first time MP, who is also deputy general secretary of the party, was tonight told by the executive of the party that his...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

We are entering week three of the State of the Constituency Debate and the longer it progresses, the more it feels like a waste of time.More than a dozen persons have participated in this debate, and, so far, for the most part, the Ministry of...

Published:Monday | September 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Former agriculture minister Dr Christopher Tufton said Friday that he lost political support in South West St Elizabeth because of his role in seeking to promote sustainable fishing practices.Tufton was booted by the voters after one term as member...

Published:Sunday | September 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Advocacy from Arthur Williams and K.D. Knight last Friday resulted in a major amendment being made to the Fisheries Industry Act when it was debated in the Senate.The bill, which has already been passed in the House of Representatives, proposes,...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Dr Lynvale Bloomfield rose in his customary unhurried manner and immediately quoted Psalm 24:3-5 from the Bible."'Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?"He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Having spent more than $600 million establishing community access points (CAPs) across the island, one government member of parliament (MP) is now declaring that the entire project is faced with a sustainability problem due to high electricity bills...

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

A self-described hermit is plotting a major political avalanche in Eastern Westmoreland, pledging to capture in the region of 15,000 votes in the next general election and send sitting Member of Parliament Luther Buchanan into political oblivion....

Published:Friday | September 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Jamaicans are being put on notice to prepare to pay more to their respective parish councils for improvements in their areas, such as the installation of street lights and road work.A Local Government (Finan-cing and Financial Management) bill,...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

West Kingston Member of Parliament (MP) Desmond McKenzie continues to lament the neglect of his constituency by the State, arguing that despite producing four prime ministers it has not been given its fair share of attention."With the entire rich...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

West St Andrew Member of Parliament Anthony Hylton has announced plans to create a workforce college in Seaview Gardens as part of a thrust to prepare the people to benefit from logistics-related activities."The college will provide skills training...

Published:Thursday | September 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Having successfully implemented a second-chance education initiative in hisNorth West St Ann constituency, Dr Dayton Campbell has announced plans to create a specific programme tailored to young males."We have added some technical skills because we...

Published:Wednesday | September 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMDaraine Luton

Violet Lewis, the wife of former world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, is being considered by the People's National Party (PNP) as a replacement for Dr D.K. Duncan as its candidate in Eastern Hanover.Duncan recently resigned as chairman...

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