PM urges state ministers to push policy on the ground

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THE final set of ministers were yesterday sworn in at King’s House in St Andrew, completing the installation of the new Andrew Holness-led Government ahead of today’s opening of Parliament.In his remarks at the swearing-in ceremony for the state ministers, Prime Minister Holness pointed out that their job is a difficult one, and urged them to promote policy on the ground.

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Phillips gets 30 days PNPYO wants party president to give clear resignation date

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DR Peter Phillips was yesterday given an ultimatum by the People’s National Party Youth Organisation (PNPYO) to make clear a resignation date that does not exceed the next 30 days.Dr Phillips, a day after the 48-15 trouncing of the PNP by the Jamaica Labour Party on September 3, announced his resignation as party leader but asked the secretariat to arrange a date for election of a new party leader.

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Jamaica Conference Centre to host Parliament’s swearing in today

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FOR the second time in its recent history, the Parliament of Jamaica will meet today at Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC) in downtown Kingston instead of at Gordon House, Duke Street.Prime Minister Andrew Holness is expected to lead 46 Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) Members of Parliament (MPs) and 13 senators into the temporary location, while leader of the Opposition, Dr Peter Phillips should be leading 12 successful MPs along with eight senators.

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PNP lawyer promises short-lived JLP victory in Westmoreland Eastern

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SAVANNA-LA-MAR, Westmoreland — Maurice McCurdy, the lead attorney representing Luther Buchanan, the People’s National Party’s (PNP) candidate in the Westmoreland Eastern magisterial recount, has given notice that the party will be taking the recount to the Election Petition Court.McCurdy disclosed at the end of day three of the magisterial recount in the Westmoreland Parish Court that there was a breach in a particular polling division.

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‘Foolhardy’ not to seek Clarendon NW recount, says lawyer

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ANTHONY Williams, attorney for People’s National Party (PNP) Clarendon North Western candidate Richard Azan, says, based on the 1,107 ballots rejected in the September 3 General Election, it would be “foolhardy” not to seek a magisterial recount in that constituency.His comments come ahead of the start of the exercise in the Clarendon Parish Court in Chapelton, this morning, at the behest of the PNP.

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Terrelonge wants J’cans at home to embrace culture

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ALANDO Terrelonge says he will continue to push for Jamaicans to accept and promote their own culture locally, during his tenure as state minister for culture, gender, entertainment, and sport.Terrelonge is one of two state ministers who were reappointed following the Jamaica Labour Party’s massive win at the national polls on September 3.

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Rohan Chung gets $2.3-m legal bill for recount

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Controversial Manchester Central independent candidate Rohan Chung, who had applied for a magisterial recount following the final count for the September 3 General Election, was yesterday presented a legal bill of almost $2.3 million by attorneys representing Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) MP-elect Rhoda Crawford.

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Attorney general to advance work on national security laws

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ATTORNEY General Marlene Malahoo Forte says work will be advanced on several pieces of legislation, which are designed to empower the security forces with the necessary tools to disrupt criminal networks, reduce violence and enhance public order.Among them is the Enhanced Security Measures Act (ESMA), which will replace the need to have states of public emergency (SOEs).

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‘I am up to the task’

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FORMER mayor of Montego Bay Homer Davis, who is now a Member of Parliament, says he is raring and ready to fulfil his mandate as the new state minister for local government and rural development. Davis defeated Dr Walton Small of the People’s National Party (PNP) in the September 3 General Election to claim the St James Southern constituency seat.

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Full slate

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YESTERDAY, nine state ministers were sworn in at King’s House in St Andrew to complete the installation of the new Andrew Holness-led Government, ahead of today’s opening of Parliament at Jamaica Conference Centre.Jamaica Observer photographers Naphtali Junior and Karl Mclarty captured some of the scenes.

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