Ja to host energy confab
Jamaica is to host the second meeting of energy ministers of the Community of the Latin American and Caribbean states on October 24 and 25, Energy Minister Phillip Paulwell has announced.
The meeting, to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, will see Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony.
"This is a moment of honour and opportunity for Jamaica since our country was selected from a pool of 33 Caribbean and Latin American nations," Paulwell said.
Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves, and Keith Mitchell, prime minister of Grenada, who are in charge of the energy portfolio in their respective ministries, are expected to attend the meeting.
JLP objects to NWC rate increase
Opposition Spokesman on Water, Housing and the Environment Dr Horace Chang has labelled as "a backward step" the recent increase in water rates by the National Water Commission (NWC).
Chang said in a release that the new tariff neither benefits the NWC nor the customer.
"They have reduced the K-Factor by almost 40 per cent but then increased the rate by 13 per cent," Chang said. "I don't understand the rationale for that because the K-Factor was meant to satisfy the need for capital investment and reduce non-revenue water by rehabilitating compromised systems in terms of distribution and production."
Warmington: Boot Thompson
South West St Catherine Member of Parliament (MP) Everald Warmington has asked Parliament to kick Dr Herbert Thompson off the Electoral Commission of Jamaica (ECJ), arguing that the former chairman has demonstrated poor judgement.
Thompson resigned as chairman of the ECJ on September 24 days after he accepted an award from the governing People's National Party on behalf of the ECJ.
Despite stepping down as chairman, Thompson has resisted calls for him to resign as a member of the commission, a job for which he is paid more than $8 million per year.
Yesterday, Warmington, an opposition MP, in giving notice of a private members motion in the House of Representatives, said Thompson's independence on the commission was compromised by his acceptance of the award.
The late Charlton to get bust
A monument of the late Cecil Charlton, former mayor of Mandeville, is to be placed in the town before the end of 2013 to exemplify his significance and contribution to the parish.
Charlton, who died on September 12 at age 88, gave 38 years of service to the Manchester Parish Council, spending 15 years as mayor of Mandeville. He also served for a time as chairman of the National Water Commission.
Brenda Ramsey, mayor of Mandeville, stated that the bust is to be built "very soon".
"Certainly, the residents are expecting it. We have been talking about it for a while, and we have been trying to identify the funds to build it," Ramsey said.
The monument will be placed in the Cecil Charlton Park, which was built in his honour.