Labour Party must change culture to embrace internal elections - Tufton
Dr Christopher Tufton, the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) deputy leader for Area Council Four, has described it as dangerous for the party's delegates to be led into believing internal leadership elections are bad for the party.
"To date, I have stayed clear of public utterances of preferences in this leadership race, and instead, focused my public statements on the right of delegates to be allowed to choose a leader through the ballot box to lead the party," Tufton said.
He was responding to comments made in The Sunday Gleaner by Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, who said persons were undermining his leadership of the party.
While not declaring whether he is supporting Holness or challenger Audley Shaw for party leader, Tufton said the issue of democracy is paramount in his mind.
"I further believe that it is wrong for delegates to be frightened into believing that challenges should equate to betrayal or divisiveness," Tufton said. "This is an unfortunate aspect of the JLP culture that we must abandon as we seek to reform and restructure in the interest of transparency, accountability, and the democratic culture that all of us must encourage to flourish and bloom."
Water resources to take centre stage on World Tourism Day
The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment will use World Tourism Day, which will be celebrated on Friday, to focus on the importance of managing and protecting the country's water resources.
The theme of this year's celebrations is 'Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future', in support of United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation.
The Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment says it will use this opportunity to emphasise the role of tourism in fostering proper water management and protection as well as increased access to this vital commodity. It will also be used to underscore the sector's contribution to ensuring sustainable water resources for the common good.
'Deceptive tactics' surface in JLP race
As the leadership race within the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) intensifies, some persons in East Portland are alleging that their names have been mysteriously removed from the delegates' list.
"It is a blatant and wanton disregard for delegates," said Errol Hanna, a delegate of the JLP and also a member of the East Portland constituency executive.
"How could they compile a new delegates' list and form a constituency executive without properly convening a constituency executive meeting? There are persons in this honourable party who are willing to use deceptive tactics in an attempt to elevate themselves to a particular position."
The delegates' list is being prepared ahead of a leadership clash between Andrew Holness, the incumbent, and Audley Shaw at the JLP's annual conference in November.
Cops hunt clues in early-morning triple murder
Detectives attached to the St Andrew South Division were kept busy yesterday searching for clues in a triple murder of two females and a male on Delamere Avenue in the vicinity of Waltham Park Road in Kingston.
The Constabulary Communication Network said shortly after 6 a.m. yesterday, gunmen entered a house in the community and shot and killed 28-year-old Alrick Gooden, otherwise called 'Ruggu'; Randy Collins, 22, who also goes by the name 'Stacy'; and 21-year-old Shantel Campbell.