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Jamaica most wanted men must turn themselves in to the police

According to the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Kingston Western Police have listed five men (one not pictured) as wanted.

Another man known as 'Kadulla' of Arnett Gardens, Kingston 12 which photo is not listed must also turn himself into the police

These men are urged to turn themselves in to the Kingston West Police immediately. Contact the Denham Town Police at 876-922-6441 if seen.

• Damaine Taylor o/c ' Itch Pang', 29, of Admiral Town & Rollington Town in Kingston.

Kingston 12. • Ryan Mattis, 21, of New Lincoln Road, Kingston.

• David Reid of Hopeful Village, Kingston 12 & Greenwich Park Road, Kingston 11.

• Collins Corrian o/c 'Jerome Blacks' of Nethersole Drive, Arnett Gardens

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness Emancipation Day address to the Nation

Inspired my his Africanness and his recent visit to the African nations of Namibia and South Africa, Prime Minister Andrew Holness gives his Emancipation address to the nation

The Prime Minister use the occasion to address the issue of violence in the culture and community

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Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness addressed the BRICS Plus Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa

Watch video for the Prime Minister full speech.

The Prime Minister left Jamaica for a working visit to Namibia and the emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit in South Africa. He arrived in Namibia on Sunday July 22/2018 on his birthday.

The Prime Minister thank the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa for the invitation to the Summit.

He argued that an inclusive and sustainable economic  growth have a great capacity to transform the lives of millions from poverty to prosperity. He explains that Jamaica and many of the countries in the Caribbean struggles with low levels of economic growth which is made worst by Climate Change. He went on to say, all but one member of CARICOM have been classified as Middle Income countries.

He argued that this is a superficial classification based only on the countries' GDP. According to the Prime Minister, it fails take in consideration the high level indebtedness, fiscal deficit and environmental and social vulnerability which in many ways constrain the countries' options in pursuit of growth.

He argued that Jamaica and other Caribbean countries have made substantial progress in making painful but necessary structural reforms which have delivered microeconomics stability and now have them poised for growth.

The Prime Minister outline four key points of focus that could bring economic growth and prosperity:

  1. Enhance productivity

2. Engage in Trade

3. Must address Climate Change

4. People deserve social protection, inclusion and empowerment

What is BRICS

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Jamaicans no longer need a visa to travel to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism

The Prime Minister left Jamaica for a working visit to Namibia and the emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit in South Africa. He arrived Sunday July 22/2018 on his birthday.

One day in his arrival, he broker a deal to have Jamaicans travel visa-free for business and travel to Namibia. The Prime Minister explains that, the Governments of Jamaica and Namibia this morning (July 23) agreed to a visa waiver programme.

It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as I began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob.
Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action.
During a joint press conference with President Geingob in the Namibian capital Windhoek, I noted that both countries have now cemented a deeper bond.

Read the full Message from the Prime Minister: 

Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa.

The Governments of Jamaica and Namibia this morning (July 23) agreed to a visa waiver programme.

It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as I began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr. Hage Geingob.
Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action.
During a joint press conference with President Geingob in the Namibian capital Windhoek, I noted that both countries have now cemented a deeper bond.

My official visit to Namibia is of strategic importance. We have two beautiful countries, but we scarcely ever get to enjoy the beauty of our countries. We need to encourage travel between our two countries for tourism. I’ve welcomed the announcement by the President of the waiver of visa requirements for Jamaicans; Jamaica had long ago abolished visa requirements for Namibians.

Jamaica and Namibia are also working to secure a stronger relationship in several areas including trade, investment, banking, sports and culture. There will be greater opportunities for the people of both countries. I think that there is great opportunity for us to continue our exchange of people. We can build a strong human capital base in education.

We welcome Namibians to study at our Universities. We welcome Namibians to come and train with us in athletics and sporting endeavours. We believe that there can be significant opportunities between our two countries for trade.

Namibian President Geingob and I have recommitted to ensuring the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group remains.
I believe we are stronger together and the liberation struggle may have ended for many Africans but the new struggle is now for our economic independence and our economic liberation and it makes no sense for us to separate on this matter.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness Arrival in the Republic of Namibia.

The Prime Minister left Jamaica for a working visit to Namibia and the emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) Summit in South Africa. He arrived Sunday July 22/2018 on his birthday

Prime Minister Andrew Holness arrived in the Republic of Namibia to a warm traditional welcome. He explained, that it is the start of my historic official working visit to the African nation. He added, that he was pleasantly surprised by Namibian officials, Culture Minister Babsy Grange and our Ambassador to South Africa Angella Comfort who all presented me with a birthday cake. He went on to say, it was a good way to start off his birthday and working trip.

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness challenged by church groups and the PSOJ to address corruption

Prime Minister Andrew Holness was challenged by the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches (JUGC), National Integrity Action (NIA), the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) to address the issue of corruption within government after the Petrojam scandal. They penned a joint letter to the Prime Minister urging him on what they describe as declining public confidence in Jamaican authorities, especially following the Petrojam scandal.

The organisations outlined several recommendation which they deemed are of great importance and must be address. The letter sums up their grievances, “Our respective organisations are of one mind that urgent action is demanded to deal with the situation at PetroJam, and more generally, to curb practices of nepotism, cronyism, favouritism and other evils that have long scarred governance of public bodies and contributed to waste of taxpayers’ money”.

Read the letter here:

Dear Prime Minister,

We write this open letter following an urgent consultation among ourselves, namely the Jamaica Umbrella Group of Churches (JUGC), National Integrity Action (NIA), the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ), the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC) convened at the request of the JUGC and NIA on July 16, 2018.

The meeting examined in depth the longstanding erosion of public trust in institutions of governance, accentuated by allegations relating to Petrojam and agreed on the fundamental importance of urgent measures to strengthen integrity as well as good governance. In our considered opinion Prime Minister, declining public confidence in Jamaican authorities is now approaching crisis proportions reflected in many aspects of our society: in unprecedentedly low voter turnout; growing disregard for law and order; declining involvement in community organisations and increasing support for undemocratic solutions to deal with high levels of crime and corruption.

Our respective organisations are of one mind that urgent action is demanded to deal with the situation at Petrojam, and more generally, to curb practices of nepotism, cronyism, favouritism and other evils that have long scarred governance of public bodies and contributed to waste of taxpayers’ money.

Amongst the actions, Prime Minister, we urge that:

1. So long as the former Minister of Energy remains a Member of the Cabinet, he be immediately excluded or recuse himself from all deliberations of that body (or Cabinet sub-committees) relating to Petrojam, including discussions of reports, investigations, reforms and system reviews, etc.

2. The Integrity Commission, the Major Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency and the Auditor General’s Office should be provided with the necessary resources to ensure the completion of their investigations and report into Petrojam within three months. These reports should be laid in Parliament immediately thereafter.

3. The terms of reference, composition and deliverables of the Strategic Committee to review Petrojam’s operations, which is to be chaired by Christopher Zacca, be disclosed publicly; further, that the committee submit its report and recommendations within three months, that these be made public and that the Board of Petrojam be required to report quarterly on the implementation of agreed recommendations.

4. The Codes (in particular the Code of Conduct for Ministers), guidelines (in particular the Corporate Governance Framework for Public Bodies and the Competency Framework) and laws (in particular Public Bodies Management and Accountability Act) relating to corporate governance for all public bodies be implemented, monitored and enforced with attendant sanctions when violated or not implemented. This process should be oversighted by a public-private-civil society partnership body, which would report to Parliament annually as well as provide quarterly reports to the public.

5. We are aware that the administrative responsibility for the development and monitoring of the adherence to policy guidelines is reposed within the Public Enterprise Division of the Ministry of Finance, but respectfully suggest that this Unit be strengthened, repurposed and positioned within the Cabinet Office with the authority to impose sanctions on delinquent Boards and to report Ministerial breaches to the Prime Minister. We further offer the services of the Governance Committee of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica to assist the Unit in the process of strengthening the Governance protocols and designing sanctions for their breaches”.

6. The main laws, codes, guidelines and regulations relating to good governance should be consolidated into one compendium within three months, and form an essential component of governance training for all Cabinet Ministers within six months thereafter. In the interim, we would ask that you disclose what action you are taking in relation to the recommendation in the Contractor General’s Report (July 2017) on de-bushing, and in relation to the failure of the Government to receive the 200 used cars that we purchased for the Jamaica Constabulary Force – two of the issues that have recently sparked considerable public concern.

For our part, we propose to contribute to the enhancement of public morality, ethics and accountability in governance, as well as more broadly, through engagements involving civic dialogues in town hall type settings, for the purpose of sensitising citizens on how erosion of public trust impacts the nation, as well as calling them to their responsibilities.

During the course of our consultation Prime Minister, we together examined reports and recommendations in the past from oversight bodies, particularly, in relation to Petrojam on which no corrective measures were taken. We therefore wish to emphasise that now is the time for action. We are together requesting an urgent meeting with you to discuss and seek agreement on the above recommendations, which we are making.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness ensure the public that corruption in government is a serious matter.

He explain that he will make it a standing practice that all members of the cabinet are expose to good governance training and practices so there is no misunderstanding of the rules. He argue that he will not allow corruption to affect his  government

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Contention over non-Jamaican running for political office

October 12/2018

As contention brew over newly nominated Dr Shane Alexis to represent the Opposition Party in St Mary South Eastern division, one must ask the question, is this a new occurrence? And should it be legal? Should there be laws against non-Jamaicans be able to run for Office in Jamaica?

The main justification given for Dr Shane Alexis to represent the Peoples National Party is that he is a Commonwealth Citizen. So does this mean a Jamaican can go to a Commonwealth Country and just run for Office claiming Commonwealth Citizenship? To be specific, can a Jamaican Citizen go to Canada and run for political Office?

The Election Canada and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs websites outlined who can become a candidate or run for Local Office Canada: The basic requirements for becoming a candidate are the following: · http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?section=pol&dir=can/bck&document=index&lang=e

  • You must be a Canadian Citizen.
  • You must be at least 18 years old on election day.
  • You must file a Nomination Paper (EC 20010) with the returning officer for the electoral district (riding) where you intend to run, along with all other documents required by the nomination process.

http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page10475.aspx :

On the day you file your nomination, you must be a Canadian citizen aged 18 or older, and qualify as a resident or non-resident elector. (For more information about eligibility to vote.

Please see: Eligibility to Vote in the 2014 Voters’ Guide).

The eligibility above would clearly disqualified a Jamaican citizen to run for Office in Canada. So why is the justification of Dr Shane Alexis legibility legal in Jamaica? In 2017 should there be laws against this?

The Member of Parliament for Portland Western, Daryl Vaz, at a press conference said the issue was not about legality but morality. He explained, "I find it hypocritical, I find it immoral that after the People's National Party made it a point of duty to carry five of us in our last term in office to court on a dual citizenship case that they would be so bold and brazen to confirm a candidate to run on their ticket who is neither the holder of a Jamaican passport or a Jamaican citizen". The Peoples National Party accepted Dr. Shane Alexis was born in Canada but they explained he came to Jamaica as a young child and attended Saints Peter and Paul Preparatory School and Campion College in Jamaica. He completed his undergraduate education in Jamaica before receiving a scholarship to study medicine in Cuba.  They went on further to say, “[t]he Jamaican Constitution is clear that individuals born in Commonwealth countries are eligible to sit in the Houses of Parliament”. The Peoples National Party further added, that after completing his medical training, Dr. Shane Alexis returned to Jamaica and worked in several public medical institutions, including doing training and working at the Kingston Public Hospital, Bustamante Hospital for Children and the Annotto Bay Hospital.    The Opposition also pointed out that Alexis has served as president of the Jamaica Medical Doctors' Association, and was appointed to the board of the National Health Fund (NHF) by the present JLP administration. The Peoples National Party noted in it’s release that there are members of the Jamaica Labour Party seated in the Houses of Parliament, who also hold Commonwealth citizenship. They explained that the doctor is now applying for his Jamaican Citizenship.

Let’s go back to the 1980s. One of Jamaica’s most honoured politician Edward Phillip George Seaga. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica, from 1980 to 1989, and the leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005. He served as leader of the opposition from 1974 to 1980, and again from 1989 until January 2005. Edward Seaga was born 28 May 1930 Boston, Massachusetts.

It is obvious there are a long list of Jamaican politicians over the history of Jamaican politics who are either foreign nationals or have dual citizenships from other countries. One could argue the laws must now be changed. Even though Jamaica is a Commonwealth Country, our Commonwealth privileges are very limited. Additionally, despite the fact Jamaica is a part of the Commonwealth, it is a sovereign Country and certain privileges must be limited to Jamaican citizens only.

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A glimmer of hope as the warring factions talk peace.

December 29th 2017

A glimmer of hope as the warring factions talk peace. A Civil War waging in Mountain View while the Prime Minister sits quiet, the army sits in Up Park Camp and some of the country’s police goes on Sick out.

The shots rang out as if it is Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan. The women and kids scream as the gunmen empty loads of clips of their heavy duty automatic weapons. This is not the Middle East. This is Kingston, Jamaica and specifically the Oliver Road and Jarrett Lane community in Mountain View.

According to reports, representatives from the two warring factions showed up at the Mountain View New Testament Church on Thursday December 28th/ 2017. The meeting includes the Peace Management Initiative and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

Superintending Victor Hamilton told the Media that the men who are killing each other are men who grew up together. Other reports stated that the war began when a man was beaten and four high powered rifles were taken from him.  The war have claimed many lives and left the community trembling with fear. A two year old child was among those shot and were taken to hospital where he was treated.

In a video circulating on Social Media, you can hear the noise of bullets ran out like wild fire. A woman in the audio says, “one dead”. The person who was making the audio was right in the middle of the chaos. It is like she was part of the war. At least she knows the people who are involved because we could hear the gunmen talking to each other. One woman says, the men are killing someone because the other side killed one of their men. They begin to shout DEM A COME, DEM A COME, DEM A COME. She was warning the men the police are coming. It was very frightening to listen to and one must wonder how can the police not get control or end the situation?

How hard can it be to find this woman? According to what Superintending Victor Hamilton said, these are people from the community. Therefore, one could argue it is not hard to pick them up. This event is one of many endless wars and murders in the communities of Jamaica? The whole of Jamaica is in a State of Anomie. It is clear that the gunmen and women are not afraid of the authorities. From the audio one could easily argue these people see themselves outside of the laws of Jamaica.

There was a huge response of police including the Commissioner of police George Quallo in the area. A barrage of weapons were seized and many of the gunmen were taken in custody. According to the police, the fraction has caused other criminals to flood the area. But one must ask, is the police doing enough? Why is it so hard to bring peace and security to such a small Island and where everyone knows everyone and knows who are doing what?

What does this peace talk means? Does it mean the gunmen will keep their guns and stay out of lockup as long as they keep the peace? It is very well they are talking peace but with this not an isolated situation in Jamaica one can’t help not to hold the police and the government accountable. What is the government doing to stop the loads of weapons coming into the Island? Are there enough detective work being done in the communities to bring the ring leaders to justice and cease gun violence? Or is the overwhelming response  by the police just a band aide and not a real solution?

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